Falkirk councillor hit with £2000 Christmas lights bill

Councillor Dennis Goldie
Councillor Dennis Goldie

A councillor was hit for a bill for £2000 after he tried to brighten up a village with some festive cheer.

Dennis Goldie accepted the offer of Christmas lights being put up in Camelon Main Street last December – but was stunned when he received an invoice for their installation and removal.

When he queried the sum he was told that there had been a mistake – it should only have been £1500.

But now it has been reduced to £1000, despite him getting a reminder to pay the initial £2000 sum.

Councillor Goldie said: “I was approached and asked if I wanted the lights for the village as there were some spare. I agreed as I thought it would be a great opportunity to brighten up the Main Street.

“They were up for a few weeks but I must admit that I was very surprised when the bill came through.

“I’ve never heard anything like it before that an elected member would be sent the bill for festive lights being put up in their ward.”

This week, the council apologised for the mistake and said the bill should never have been sent to an individual.

A Falkirk Council spokesperson said: “An error in the amount shown in an invoice for installation and removal of the lights was identified. Following a review of the charges made, a new invoice was issued. We apologise for any confusion caused.”

However, Mr Goldie said that the festive lights had proved so popular there were now plans to hold a Christmas festival in Camelon this December.