Friday, April 18, 2008

Christmas isn’t coming early to Dunston

There may still be 8 months of shopping days left to Christmas but there is one small corner of Gateshead where Christmas won’t be arriving early this year.

A request by Liberal Democrat Councillors in Dunston Hill for festive lights to be installed in the few weeks running up to Christmas in The Crescent, Dunston, has been turned down by Gateshead Council.

The request was spearheaded by Councillor Peter Maughan who had been contacted by shop owners whose businesses are in The Crescent.

“Four years ago we had some lights in The Crescent,” said Peter. “But since then, there has been nothing. A small investment will boost this shopping area in the heart of Dunston.

“I am disappointed that Gateshead Council has turned down our request for Christmas lights. Local shops are being squeezed by big retail chains and we need to attract shoppers from the nearby Metrocentre and Newcastle City Centre to small centres such as Dunston.

“Having an attractive display at Christmas is one way to achieve that. Unfortunately Christmas will not be coming early, or indeed at all, to The Crescent.”

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