Aylesbury lagging behind its neighbours and twin town on Christmas lights

Bourg en Bresse
Bourg en Bresse

AYLESBURY should take a leaf out of Winslow’s book when it comes to sprucing up the town for Christmas, district bosses have been told.

Politicians also heard claims that the town is also lagging behind its French twin, Bourg En Bresse, with its decorations.

The matter was raised at a full Aylesbury Vale District Council meeting last week after the Herald reported that critics had branded the £27,000 Christmas lights ‘shambolic’.

Councillor Llew Monger, Lib Dem, held Winslow up as a beacon for celebrating, stating: “The only lights in Winslow were provided at no cost to the taxpayer, having been paid for by the operating profits from the farmers’ market.”

And Councillor Chris Adams, UKIP, said: “It did look pretty shambolic compared with many of the other towns, like Great Missenden, where there’s a lovely traditional Christmas tree.

“I’ve looked on the internet, and our twin town is upstaging us as well.”

But Councillor Brian Roberts, cabinet member for civic amenities, told the meeting that branding the lights ‘shambolic’ was unjust.

He said: “Shambolic I think was slightly unfair, but I’m disappointed that we didn’t start off with the lights as we’d like them to be.”

He said the festive display in the High Street had been hampered by electricity supply problems, but said staff were working with contractors to bring the lights up to scratch.

Mr Roberts stated: “I came through town today, everything is looking really nice, except the ones on that post.”