Wrexham’s new Christmas lights have been praised for brightening up the streets over the festive period.
The new lights – which have been installed on Regent Street, Queens Street and High Street – come as a result of a £75,000 Capital Funding investment from Wrexham Council.
Over the years there has been criticism over the lacklustre feel of the Christmas lights with some branded as ‘barbed wire’, something which was remedied slightly last year after thousands of pounds were invested into replacements for Queens Square, Rhosddu Road and Lambpit Street.
After the official lights switch on in November Wrexham.com saw lots of visitors stopping underneath the new lights on Queens Street and commenting on how impressive they are – with one person telling us how much they brighten up the town.
Another told us is was “great to see” the old lights finally upgraded and replaced.
— Marc (@the_magicbus) November 23, 2017
Finally some decent lights,had them star ones for about 60 years
— kirky (@Ryankirky15) November 24, 2017
— Morgan Price (@morganowenprice) November 23, 2017
@wrexham great switch on. Loved it even though i was freezing. New lights look incredible.
— smilerlovie (@smilerlovie) November 23, 2017
— delyth williams ♕ (@dellywellywooo) December 4, 2017
In October 2017 Wrexham.com reported that work installing the new lights across the town had begun, however there was some confusion as to why they weren’t being installed on every street.
It was later confirmed by Wrexham Council that it would be a two phase project, with the remainder of the lights being installed next year. So we’re assuming the barbed wire should be completely be replaced for Christmas 2018!
Cllr Terry Evans, Lead Member for Economic Performance and Regeneration, said: “We are very pleased with the new Christmas lights that have gone up this year, and have received very positive comments from the general public.
“The lights are part of a two-year phased improvement plan, and next year will see even more new lights going up. The original cross-street branch lights will be gradually phased out as they are coming to the end of their shelf life – and are being replaced by the new stock of energy-efficient LED lights which will last longer.”