New Christmas lights to brighten up towns

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THERE will be more festive sparkle in towns across East Dunbartonshire next year - after councillors agreed to spend £70,000 on new Christmas lights.

It’s part of £95,000 of investments being made under East Dunbartonshire Council’s ongoing civic pride scheme.

As well as the new low energy festive illuminations, it was also agreed to spend £20,000 on new signage and £5,000 for a memorial stone to mark next year’s centenary of the Cadder Pit disaster.

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of the council’s development and infrastructure committee, said: “It makes sense for us to replace our ageing stock of lights with newer, lightweight designs which will look better, be less cumbersome and be more energy efficient too.

“People expect their towns and villages to look attractive at Christmas time, so next year, they will see new decorations around the area.”

The £20,000 budget for signs will see the council upgrade or replace nearly 190 road signs, including 24 in Kirkintilloch, 41 in Lenzie, eight in Lennoxtown, three in Milton of Campsie, eight in Bishopbriggs, six in Torrance and 11 in Twechar.

Councillor Moir added: “This is an opportunity to improve the look of signs which are looking a bit worse for wear, replace those that are unsightly and remove any that are unnecessary. It may seem a small thing, but I believe jobs like this improve the overall look and feel of our streets and town centres – that’s important.”

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