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2019 Lights Switch On FAQ

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Town Centre Christmas Lights

St. Anne’s on the Sea Town Council Christmas Events Q and A

What events are you holding this year?

Friday 29th November 2019 St. Anne’s on the Sea Christmas Lights Switch On, 4 to 6 pm, St. Anne’s on the Sea Town Centre.

Saturday 30th November 2019 St. Anne’s on the Sea Festive Celebration, 12 noon to 5 pm, St. Anne’s on the Sea Town Centre.

What are you doing with our business rates?

The Town Council receives no business rates nor sponsorship from local business to display the Christmas Lights or Switch On event.

Why doesn’t the Town Council do more for Christmas and the Town Centre?

The Christmas Lights and Switch On event are an investment in the Town Centre by the Town Council (over 100k in four years) but we are under no obligation to do this or consult businesses as we do not receive any business rates or financial assistance.

Why was the Switch On moved from the Saturday to a Friday?

“In response to comments from traders and looking at other Christmas Events across the country, the event has been moved to a Friday evening for the first time this year. It is hoped that all businesses take advantage of the event and provide late night opening to benefit from the increased footfall the Christmas Switch On creates within the town.” Press release statement by the Town Clerk

The reality is that attendance at the Saturday Switch On has been dwindling for years. Only in the last 30 minutes do people tend to come out and see the lights switched on. We have received support, abuse and apathy from local business over the years. Offers of support being in the minority. The event needed to be refreshed and it is common for Switch On events to be held on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Thursdays etc, and so the date was moved.

Why are you closing the car park yet again, it reduces trade to the town?

This is a question we have received from traders. This year the Town Council sought permission to hold the Switch On on the paved area opposite Subway, to allow car parks to remain open. Permission was declined by Fylde Borough Council and a car park was offered as an alternative.

Why do Councillors get paid?

Town Councillors are all volunteers and receive no financial compensation or allowances. They give up their own time to help support events and projects.

Why don’t your staff do more?

The Town Council has four staff whose general responsibilities include governance of the Council, servicing committees, managing finances, scheme/project management, allotment management, STEP liaison, events management and much more.

The four staff have organised and worked at multiple events in the Town Centre. All of our staff are committed to St. Anne’s on the Sea and have volunteered to help at non-council events, roped in friends and family to also assist, called in favours from friends to improve events, spent their own time in the build-up and at events.