03:00AM, Wednesday 25 June 2014
Extra sparkle is set to be put into Maidenhead's Christmas lights with a proposed £100,000 injection from the Royal Borough.
The money is part of £550,000 from the council's £6.692m reserves the council wants to spend on community projects.
A decision will be made by the cabinet at a meeting tomorrow night, set to be held at the Windsor Guildhall.
The Christmas Lights Committee is in the 'early stages' of planning how the town could look this festive season.
"The committee has been meeting with Lamps and Tubes who are a local company that provide Christmas lights," said Maidenhead Town Manager and committee member Steph James, adding they have 'never had that sort of money to buy Christmas lights' before.
"We want to make sure the town looks fantastic."
Last year, Basil Brush flicked the switch to light-up the town on November 23.
Steph said they are looking at 'enhancing what we have got already' and considering lights that can be used at other times of the year.
The committee is still looking for additional sponsors.
"We just need to be mindful that it is a one-off £100,000," said Steph, adding they need to be careful in making sure they can sustain what they chose to do.
"It will make a huge difference to what we do."
If approved, the remainder of the £550,000 is set to be split with £100,000 for Windsor Christmas lights, £100,000 for the Love Dedworth project and £250,000 for the expansion of Charters Leisure Centre.
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