Over £700 to display gift from Montargis


Crowborough Town Council has agreed to spend £720 plus VAT to display a gift from the town of Montargis to mark the 50th Anniversary of the twinning of the two towns.


mosaicThe mosaic tiles showing the town’s logos were given to Crowborough during the exchange visit in May.  The mosaic is currently on display in the Town Hall but an alternative location is sought so that it can be viewed and appreciated by all residents.

On Tuesday 20th September a majority of the councillors on the Communications and Events Committee voted in favour of spending £595, plus £125 for delivery, to mount the commemorative tiles in an aluminium casing so the gift could be displayed at Montargis Terrace adjacent to Waitrose.

Approval still needs to be obtained from Waitrose’s landlord before the gift can be affixed to the brick wall at Montargis Terrace.

Fireworks Display and Christmas Cracker

At the same meeting planning for forthcoming events were discussed.

It was reported that Sussex Police have said they are unable to provide any officers this year to help with traffic control for the fireworks display in Crowborough.  In previous years PCSOs have helped people to safely cross the A26 to get to Goldsmiths.  Part of the issue is that because the 5th is a Saturday, resources will be needed in Lewes where tens of thousands of people watch the parades pass through the streets.  The Committee agreed to formally write to Sussex Police about their dissatisfaction.

Chief Inspector Rob Leet, divisional policing commander for Wealden and Lewes districts, said:

The Fifth of November is traditionally a busy evening for Sussex Police.  With that date falling on a Saturday this year, we can expect to receive an exceptionally high volume of calls for service.

With that in mind, I don’t believe that it would be an effective use of the resources available to me to deploy them to a task that can be easily carried out by event marshals.

After the “Best of British” and Bond themes, the music for the fireworks will be classical music this year.

Sue Pollard, who is staring as the Wicked Queen in panto at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells, will be turning on the lights in Crowborough on Friday 25th November.  The Christmas Lights for the next three years will be supplied by Festive Decorations at a cost of £10,190.00 per year.




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  1. WHY NOT USE THE MONEY TO FIX SOME OF THE ROADS; LONDON ROAD AND ALICE BRIGHT LANE FOR EXAMPLE and we can then go and view them instead. Or, BETTER STILL, gift the money to ‘Clued up Info’ who are tring to help the youth of the town.

  2. It’s ESCC’s HIghways dept who are responsible for the state of the roads, not Crow Town Council! Get onto Fix my Street to voice your frustration (which I share0, or go onto HIghways’ own site.
    As for the Fireworks, the shrinking police presence is a growing concern. But couldn’t someone have looked at the date and thought it might clash with what Lewes is doing? Theirs is the biggest thing in the whole county and will obviously take up extra police manpower.

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