Advice for a brighter Christmas in Devizes
3:14pm Friday 17th January 2014 in By Jill Crooks, Devizes area senior reporter
The majority of people who took part in a questionnaire thought the Christmas lights in Devizes were good but some said there needed to be more coloured lights.
Devizes Town Council, which spent £11,500 on the Christmas lights in the town in December, asked for the public’s views at the mayor’s carol concert in December.
Of 60 questionnaires which were completed, 88 per cent of respondents thought the Christmas lights were good or very good, while the rest thought they were poor.
In comparison to 2012, 37 felt the lights were the same, 13 better and ten worse.
On the range of lighting there was a mix of responses, with some wanting more lights, more coloured lights or saying there was a lack of lights in certain areas. Others said the white lights looked “beautiful”.
The switching on of the lights was criticised by 18 per cent who said the ceremony was poor but 82 per cent said it was good or very good.
Forty six respondents wanted to see improvements. Some thought there were too many stalls in the Market Place and the fun fair was too noisy during the countdown to switching on the lights. Others thought there was a lack of street performers. Suggestions included the use of better PA systems in the Wharf and Market Place.
The survey took place before the gales that damaged the Christmas tree in the Market Place and resulted it its removal before the end of the festive season, while some of the lights in the town failed due to water getting into them.
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