Christmas tree isn't "man enough for job" in Clacton

Essex County Standard: Christmas tree isn't "man enough for job" in Clacton Christmas tree isn't "man enough for job" in Clacton

A CHRISTMAS tree labelled as “laughable” by shoppers in Clacton was axed a day after it was put up.

The 12ft tree was put up as the centrepiece of the town’s festive celebrations, but was lambasted by shoppers and traders for its underwhelming size.

It was given by the north Essex branch of Federation of Small Businesses, but was half the height of last year’s tree, donated by Veolia Environmental Services.

Tendring Council leader Peter Halliday said the tree was “not man enough for the job”

and would be unlikely to survive the coastal weather over the period of a month.

Now traders are being urged to pitch in to pay for a bigger replacement.

Mr Halliday added: “We would be letting our residents and traders down if we did not come up with something more substantial.

“We have a number of events, including the Christmas lights switch-on, late-night shopping and a traditional continental market coming up in the next few weeks. It is important we have a tree which is in keeping with the setting and the standard of events and activities taking place.”

He said every effort will be made to replace the tree as quickly as possible and in time for the festivities.

“There is a huge value to traders in the Christmas economy and if every shop contributed £25 to the cost of a tree, the additional footfall created by the festive atmosphere would pay them back tenfold,” he added.

Town centre trader Pete Serghiou, who runs The Olde Sweet Shop, in Pier Avenue, said: “The council should have the money to get one that is 35ft every year – I pay £300 a week in rates to be here.

“As a trader I would be happy to pay towards the tree if we know there definitely would be a big one going up.”

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1:09pm Tue 26 Nov 13

tomtheDJ says...

Oh dear Peter, your becoming known for all the wrong reasons lately.

who`s portfolio is it to oversee the welcoming shopping experiance we all want, no NEED to see in our currently lambasted town.
use the £200 that each concillor gets to buy and equipe a super giant tree in defiance in the face of adversity.
a sort of,
YEH, so what thing..

oh the old tree?
give it to Frinton as a christmas present,
the old luveys there can sit and admire it ;)
Oh dear Peter, your becoming known for all the wrong reasons lately. who`s portfolio is it to oversee the welcoming shopping experiance we all want, no NEED to see in our currently lambasted town. use the £200 that each concillor gets to buy and equipe a super giant tree in defiance in the face of adversity. a sort of, YEH, so what thing.. oh the old tree? give it to Frinton as a christmas present, the old luveys there can sit and admire it ;) tomtheDJ

2:06pm Tue 26 Nov 13

Reginald47 says...

What do they expect from the Federation of Small Businesses, but a small tree. Cheapskates!
What do they expect from the Federation of Small Businesses, but a small tree. Cheapskates! Reginald47

4:11pm Tue 26 Nov 13

down the line says...

Says it all about Clacton, the place is a joke.
Says it all about Clacton, the place is a joke. down the line

4:58pm Tue 26 Nov 13

tomtheDJ says...

Reginald47 wrote:
What do they expect from the Federation of Small Businesses, but a small tree. Cheapskates!
and - down the line says...

Says it all about Clacton, the place is a joke...........lol..


the difference between Clacton and Colchester is,
we recognise when something goes wrong,
get quickly onto recifying the problem,
then replacing the offending Item quickly..
Unlike Colchester,
who will consult with its council,
agree its "ok"
then plaster it with cheap baubles in a poor attempt to cover the mess up.
lol....

we tourists into Colchester are still waiting for a festive looking goldsite,
town centre, even a festive attempt at anything..
If ever something needed covering with cheap baubles, tis that moneypit of doom, the goldsite, a complete monstrosity..



but then, you see no wrong in anything in your own back yard.
NIMBYS


So- a happy or was that merry,
thanksgiving to you too.
just dont mention it to the turkeys..
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: What do they expect from the Federation of Small Businesses, but a small tree. Cheapskates![/p][/quote]and - down the line says... Says it all about Clacton, the place is a joke...........lol.. the difference between Clacton and Colchester is, we recognise when something goes wrong, get quickly onto recifying the problem, then replacing the offending Item quickly.. Unlike Colchester, who will consult with its council, agree its "ok" then plaster it with cheap baubles in a poor attempt to cover the mess up. lol.... we tourists into Colchester are still waiting for a festive looking goldsite, town centre, even a festive attempt at anything.. If ever something needed covering with cheap baubles, tis that moneypit of doom, the goldsite, a complete monstrosity.. but then, you see no wrong in anything in your own back yard. NIMBYS So- a happy or was that merry, thanksgiving to you too. just dont mention it to the turkeys.. tomtheDJ

5:04pm Tue 26 Nov 13

tomtheDJ says...

Reginald47 wrote:
What do they expect from the Federation of Small Businesses, but a small tree. Cheapskates!
Sorry reggie,
I`m changing my earlier comment purely for for you matey,

""oh the old tree?
give it to Frinton as a christmas present,
the old luveys there can sit and admire it ;)""

retyped-
""
""oh the old tree?
give it to Colchester as a christmas present,
the old luveys there can sit and admire it ;)""
nothing like a bit of constructive inter town recycling eh reggie..lol
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: What do they expect from the Federation of Small Businesses, but a small tree. Cheapskates![/p][/quote]Sorry reggie, I`m changing my earlier comment purely for for you matey, ""oh the old tree? give it to Frinton as a christmas present, the old luveys there can sit and admire it ;)"" retyped- "" ""oh the old tree? give it to Colchester as a christmas present, the old luveys there can sit and admire it ;)"" nothing like a bit of constructive inter town recycling eh reggie..lol tomtheDJ

7:13pm Tue 26 Nov 13

Reginald47 says...

We've got dozens of the **** things mate.
We've got dozens of the **** things mate. Reginald47

7:35pm Tue 26 Nov 13

tomtheDJ says...

Reginald47 wrote:
We've got dozens of the **** things mate.
ah, does that go hand in hand with bus lanes and traffic orders then,
as you say, your now over run with them.
One must question just who signed off the purchasing orders in a reckless manor - perhaps

good old colchester, keeping the tree growers happy,
but at whos cost?
the CBC regions tax payers,
hmmmmm
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: We've got dozens of the **** things mate.[/p][/quote]ah, does that go hand in hand with bus lanes and traffic orders then, as you say, your now over run with them. One must question just who signed off the purchasing orders in a reckless manor - perhaps good old colchester, keeping the tree growers happy, but at whos cost? the CBC regions tax payers, hmmmmm tomtheDJ

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