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West Wickham Christmas

November 7, 2012 by  

West Wickham Christmas, West Wickham traders fear Christmas spirit is “killed” with an end to 20 years of Christmas lights S-EX-ALTH and safety killjoys have been accused of destroying Christmas in West Wickham. Transport for London (TfL) has told the West Wickham Town Centre Association it needs to pay for test certificates to ensure lampposts are strong enough to support Christmas lights.

Traders fear the new licence could cost up to £4,000 and will stop the High Street from being treated to festive illuminations for the first time in 20 years.

The High Street has been red route under TfL’s supervision since 2000 so it is managed by the transport body rather than Bromley Council and is one of London’s major roads carrying up to 30 per cent of city traffic.

Secretary of the association Jane Avis manages the family-run shop Waterways, in the High Street, which has been running for more 30 years.

She said: “We’ve had Christmas lights for over 20 years. My mum used to do it and then I took it over.

“It doesn’t make a massive difference to trade, it just gives a good community feeling.

“West Wickham High Street has been a red route for four or five years and they never asked for anything.

“But last year they said we need to comply with regulations which are different to Bromley Council’s.”

The shop manager is not going to take this bureaucratic minefield lying down.

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