27 June 2015

Earlsfield Christmas lights campaign

With a heatwave predicted, it's the natural time to think about Christmas... A bugbear for many residents has been the lack of festive lighting in Earlsfield over the Christmas season. The Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce has listened and members have started a campaign to fundraise for lights along the streetlamps on Garratt Lane.

They're trying to work with businesses where possible but anyone can donate. I know many people have asked about getting lights installed in the past so I hope all fans of tinsel and fairy lights will be digging deep.

A Christmas Present for Earlsfield
A number of Earlsfield businesses have asked to have festive lights on lamp columns in the Earlsfield part of Garratt Lane for approximately 5 weeks during the 2015/16 Christmas and New year period. The feeling is there would be a substantial boost to the local economy and that it also enables businesses to give back to the residents with whom they trade on a day to day basis. The amount of goodwill, cheer and customer loyalty this type of activity would bring to Earlsfield is immeasurable and it is in all of our best and long term interests to continue to build on the great community spirit that exists in this area.
Where and costs involved
The Council have confirmed that out of 25 lamp cloumns on Garratt Lane between Earlsfield Road and Isis Street, 19 could be adapted to carry festive lights. The 1st Year cost, which includes adapting light fittings, the costs of the lights and electricity usage is approximately £10K. Succeeding years would only need the lights to be re-fitted. With storage costs and electricity usage this works out at approximately £5k per year.
Managing the process
On the 18th June 2015, Members of the Earlsfield Business Network and the Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce joined the Wandsworth Town Centre Manager in hand delivering a letter from Wandsworth Council explaining the above message and talking to businesses to gauge your views. Almost 99% of businesses visited said they would suppoprt a Festive Lights fund raising campaign by making a contribution.
Earlsfield Business Network, a part of Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce are prepared to lead on this matter and take care of the administration, planning and contractual obligations. The proposal for Festive Lights is wholly dependant on local businesses, including financial support and we need to know if you will work with us to achieve these aims.
All contributors will automatically become part of the Earlsfield Business Network Traders' Association and will be invited to work with colleagues in the planning and fund raising process. Any spending of surplus funds will be decided on by the Traders Association Committee and for example, could be put towards an Earlsfield Christmas Fair.
More Information
If you would like any further information or  wish to volunteer your services to help in the planning please contact: 
Alexandra Wyatt, General Manager at Tara Arts Alexandra@tara-arts.com 020 8333 4457
Meeting UP
There will be an open drop in surgery at the Bean and Hop, 424-426 Garratt Lane on  Wednesday 8th July between 6PM and 9PM where businesses can come and ask questions and sign up to be part of the Earlsfield Business Network Traders Association.

The best way to show your support is to make a contribution and encourage other local busineses to do the same. We will keep you fully informed but to meet the deadling to purchase the lights within the buying timescales, we need to raise sufficient monies by the end of September 2015.

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