Festive loss: Tree should be reinstated

As Christmas is rapidly approaching I feel it is appropriate and timely to raise an issue which sadly was not questioned last year.

We all accept that Scarborough Borough Council has to make many annual budget cuts, one area particularly highlighted in a residents’ survey was the town’s Christmas lighting and supply of trees.

Consequently an area which suffered last festive period, was the Christmas tree, that was placed every December next to the “shield flower bed” adjacent to the Peasholm Park Hotel.

For the first time in my memory a tree was not situated in this location last year, and I believe it was greatly missed especially by local residents and businesses and those travelling in the Yorkshire Coastliner buses. It brightened up a somewhat dull area over the winter months.

The explanation for not erecting the tree was that the council had not sufficient time to ask for other forms of funding to cover the expense such as sponsorship by residents, businesses and so on.

Would it be cheeky of me to ask if Benchmark or Yorkshire Water or other local businesses could perhaps sponsor this flower bed and have the Christmas tree re-instated this year?

Guy Smith

Peasholm Drive

Scarborough