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St Ives' White Lights Battle

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8:21am 10th April 2014

St Ives asks the town council to save its threatened white lights.

Locals are promising support from businesses if it takes ownership.

The decorations have been there for 40 years.

Cornwall Council has said it will take down the lights in May because it cannot afford to maintain them.

Councillor Ron Tulley said: "They add to the uniqueness of the town I think. People come to expect seaside towns to look something different I mean, St Ives has got many attractions in its own right; the lights and hanging baskets and other attractions, I think, all help to add to the scene for them.

"People liken it to a Mediterranean situation; the shops are open late, people are out leisurely strolling after supper and the white lights down the road do, I think, add to the attractiveness of the town."

Pirate FM understands there were about 30 people at a meeting on Wednesday night, including representatives of St Ives Town Council, St Ives Chamber of Trade, St Ives Tourism Association and the general public.

Ron added: "The overwhelming majority of those at the meeting felt that every effort should be made to retain the lights and eventually upgrade them to a more modern system using LEDs.

"It was agreed to ask St Ives Town Council to take formal ownership of the lights, but to assure the council that support would be forthcoming from the Chamber of Trade, the Tourism Association and a newly formed St Ives Decorative Lights Action Group."

8:21am 10th April 2014

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