Christmas won’t come to Spalding’s Hole in the Wall Passage because there’s no cash for festive lights for the third year in a row.
Spalding Town Forum has invited the Spalding Crescent Traders’ Association to explain their concerns about the absence of Christmas lights, which once made the passage more welcoming and boosted footfall between Market Place and Francis Street.
But the forum’s December 10 meeting is too close to Christmas to see anything change this year.
Forum chairman Coun George Aley and member Coun Roger Gambba-Jones spent cash from their ward budgets on floodlights to go outside the Hole in the Wall pub last Christmas, but the pub has closed and the lights are no longer switched on.
Coun Aley told the Spalding Guardian: “I think it would be nice to have something in there because a lot of people do use that passageway to go in and out of The Crescent. It’s got the floodlights but it’s not as Christmassy as it could be.”
He said the lights were paid for by the council from Section 106 money and the town forum had passed on the management of the lights to Spalding and District Area Chamber of Commerce.
Coun Aley understood it was the original intention to light the Hole in the Wall Passage but “the funds actually ran out before they were able to do anything in that area”. He now wants to see if the council can make more cash available.