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Bournemouth gardens lights plan gets go-ahead
COUNCILLORS have approved plans to spend £400,000 improving the lighting in Bournemouth Gardens.
The investment is in addition to money being spent by business owners and traders in staging a Gardens of Light Festival in the Lower Gardens this Christmas.
Cabinet members said the lighting was in need of repair and praised the town centre and coastal Business Improvement District (BID) teams for their ambitious plans to increase visitors to Bournemouth.
The BIDs will be investing a total of £160,000 this financial year into the first phase of the festival, followed by another £160,000 a year for the following three years. It’s hoped the festival will attract an extra 10,000 people over the seven week festive period, injecting an extra £290,000 into the local economy.
Cllr Mike Greene said: “It’s very important that we all recognise this is not about money going into a festival as such. “The Lower Gardens is one of our treasures but it has needed this investment for some time and it fits in very well with all our plans to look at expanding the use of the gardens and for people to stay there for a longer time.”
Cllr Lawrence Williams said: “This is a new and exciting attraction for Bournemouth. We are really grateful for the contribution from the BID teams. “It will make a world of difference to the offer this Christmas.”
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