Town switched on by power of the press

Lights out at town centre shops

Lights out at town centre shops

South Leighton town centre is finally dazzling with light after a bright spark finally fixed a three-year problem with the area’s power supply.

Festoons on the shops around Market Square, Lake Street, Hockliffe Street and Peacock Mews came on - and stayed on - after the LBO intervened to get the issue sorted.

Since 2011 the area has suffered repeated outages to the street decorations put up by Leighton-Linslade Town Council.

While the rest of the town attracts Christmas shoppers the south end was frequently left in the dark despite complaints from traders.

Arnie Somogyi, from CocoaBerry, in Hockliffe Street finally snapped and emailed the LBO for help - and we got the problem fixed within 48 hours.

Said Arnie: “I first reported this problem to the town council in December 2011 yet this year we were still suffering regular and repeated blackouts. “Despite assurances that the town council was committed to addressing the issue it appears that the problem has not been taken seriously.

“Christmas is the most important time of the year for many small independent retailers, including CocoaBerry.

“It’s crucial that the appropriate ambience is created and Christmas lighting is a key part of this.

“On Thursday there were no lights at the top end of the Market Square or down one side of Lake St.

“Only one side of Hockliffe Street was working and nothing at all in Peacock Mews.

“The lights were fixed on Saturday and were still working properly yesterday evening.

“Your call to the town council spurred them into taking action.

“Fingers crossed that the repair holds up this time.”

Newly appointed Town clerk, Mark Saccoccio, said: “I’d been unaware of the problem but, after I heard about it, I got someone out there as soon as I could which was Saturday.”




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