Midlothian Council pulls plug on Christmas lights

Council cost-cutting measures will see a quarter of Christmas Lights scrapped in 2013.

Announced by the SNP-led administration during a recent budget meeting, the measure will save £5,000.

As part of its plans to reduce a £5.4 million budget deficit, the council will remove festive lighting from out of town areas including Polton Road West (Lasswade), Arniston (Gorebride) and Woodburn (Dalkeith).

It is also planned that between three and six lights will be reduced at “most locations” across the county. The savings will be achieved by reducing overtime and operative costs, as well as replacement materials that are needed.

Read full story in the December 27 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.