By Ian Dipple Friday 01 November 2013 Updated: 01/11 07:22
THE CHRISTMAS tree outside Redditch Town Hall has been dropped by council bosses.
Putting up the 35ft tree would cost an extra £300 this year for new fencing on top of the £400 usually spent on installation and removal.
Instead Redditch Borough Council has decided to plough the money into Redditch Town Centre Partnership’s five week Christmas programme - revealed by the Standard two weeks ago.
It includes a Santa parade through the town centre on November 23, three day Christmas market and a Santa Dash in aid of the Primrose Hospice.
Christmas trees will still be on display in the market area and outside St Stephen’s Church as well as at Winyates, Batchley, Matchborough, Woodrow and Church Hill.
Council leader Bill Hartnett said: “There will be an abundance of festive cheer in and around the Town Centre during the run up to Christmas and whilst it is a shame we cannot also have a tree outside the Town Hall our residents certainly won’t be missing out.”
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