Due to the extremely adverse weather conditions, the Christmas lights in the town centre were regrettably affected.
The lights were switched on as planned on Saturday, 30th November 2013. It became apparent straightaway that one of the new cross street decorations in Gloucester Street (outside the Corn Exchange) was defective which prevented the rest of the lights on the Corn Exchange circuit from working and the contractor came out immediately and isolated the unit. A new replacement unit was ordered which arrived very quickly and the contractor again visited Faringdon to replace this new unit.
At that stage, apart from a couple of stars not working in Marlborough Street, the lights worked well up until 23 December. After this date, however, the lights on both circuits continually tripped and cut off the power which was probably due to the very wet and windy weather which had started the previous day. It would appear that water is getting in somewhere in the circuit but at that stage it would have been impossible to locate where, given the number of places this could be.
A member of theTown Council leisure team was attending every day and manually turning on the lights but the amount of time they stayed on became less and less each day. By the time the contractor was able to be contacted, it was already after Christmas and the decision was made that it was not worth incurring a call-out charge of £165 when the lights were due to be turned off a few days later with no guarantee of an immediate resolution of the problem.
The Town Councill will be reviewing the wiring system and the lights with a view to resolving the issue.