Council grants market £2,000

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WITH an under spend of £40,000, Billingshurst Parish Council got into the holiday spirit with a £2,000 grant to the village’s Christmas market.

The grant was determined after a lengthy discussion over the value of Billifest, which aims to showcase the village with a wide variety of stalls, shows, and a Father Christmas under marquees in Jengers Mead car park.

Tony Burke, the chairman for Billifest 2012, said he was very grateful for the grant without which Billifest 2012 may have ended up a much smaller affair in the village hall.

He said: “We attempted to get sponsorship for the event and failed. It has been a bit of a struggle so we are delighted.”

During discussions over the grant at the council’s annual meeting last Wednesday, councillor Leslie Gray said the market ‘puts Billingshurst on the map’.

But some councillors questioned the popularity of the market that the parish council has helped to fund for its six year life span.

“I think we should look at ways of under spending more,” councillor Steve Buck said. “We might be the only people that want to support Billifest.”

Billifest 2012 is being organised to take place on Saturday December 1.