Christmas cancelled!

Thursday, 7 December 2017

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CIVIC leaders have been branded 'scrooges' after they voted to dig themselves out of debt by cancelling Christmas for thousands of ratepayers.
This year Antrim and Newtownabbey Council is paying for 22 seasonal switch-on ceremonies across the Borough, but this week it decided to slash that to just four in 2018.
Antrim, Randalstown, Ballyclare and Glengormley will continue to trip the light fantastic but others, including Crumlin, Templepatrick, Toome, Parkgate and Doagh, will be left in the dark - without either a Council-funded tree or illuminations.
The Council has blamed a 1 million rates rebate it has to pay Belfast International Airport for the drastic festive pruning - though in truth it has been the gift that keeps on giving for council chiefs, who have used the hefty bill to justify a number of deeply unpopular cuts.
The decision is now in the hands of lawyers after a breakaway group of councillors launched a 'call-in request', demanding equitable funding.
*Read full reports and reaction in this week's Antrim Guardian


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