Local residents and visitors have again been expressing disappointment at the standard of this year’s Penarth Christmas Lights
The lights were turned on for the first time in a special Christmas Festival event held in the town centre last Sunday – just four days ago – but several sections have since failed.
One PDN correspondent counted that no fewer than 11 strings of lights – half of the total – were out of action on Tuesday .
Last night (Wednesday) most of the lights between the Clock Roundabout and the Glebe St Junction were still out of action – the same location where the Christmas Lights had failed last year. Some remained out of action throughout the 2015 holiday period.
The firm which installs Penarth Christmas lights was first engaged on a three-year contract running from Christmas 2013.
The company also installs the lights in Cardiff and several other towns.
After numerous complaints about the lights last Christmas (2015) some residents were surprised to see the same firm of installers had been re-engaged by Penarth Town Council for Christmas 2016 .
The only change was in the supplier ; this year’s lights were sourced from a different contractor from that of previous years. However the same persistent problems now appear to be re-emerging .
This year’s lights were installed on October 23rd and were tested in situ before being switched off in preparation for last Sunday’s Christmas Festival Grand Switch-On. ….Now – a month later and just two days after the official switch-on several strings of lights have failed.
SOME COMMENTS FROM PDN COMMENTATORS:-
Andrew Worsley says:
November 23, 2016 at 01:45
You could not make this stuff up , the Christmas lights were only switched on , on Sunday night and here we are Tuesday night 48 hours later and guess what ? Half the lights are not working , ive counted the number there are 22 strings of lights in total beginning with those part way down to the public library , then we have the bottom of Glebe St, Ludlow Lane, and Windsor Rd, of the lights working there is 11 strings of lights not working, 11 strings working this only 2 days after the big switch on . And last year they failed about 2 weeks before Xmas and were never fixed , this time there are 4 weeks to go but I bet they don’t get fixed . I think Bill and Ben run this Council , as I say you couldn’t make this stuff up .
November 23, 2016 at 18:05
Just been up into Penarth to see the lights and thanks to Andrew I thought I needed new glasses. This is a disgrace. It’s not even December for crying out loud. Come Penarth council sort it out BEFORE Christmas 17. Surely they must have an agreement with the suppliers / installation team? If things go wrong?