They're back! Christmas lights switched back on after threat of £10,000 fine

Christmas lights on a house which were turned off after threats of a £10,000 fine being issued have been switched back on after a compromise was worked out.

Some of the charity Christmas lights displayed at Kestrel Way, Cheslyn Hay.
Some of the charity Christmas lights displayed at Kestrel Way, Cheslyn Hay.

Trevor Payne had spent five weekends attaching lights to his home on Kestrel Way, Cheslyn Hay, to help raise money for the Young Minds Trust charity.

Now the 46-year-old has switched the lights back on after discussions were held with South Staffordshire Council and police chiefs to help ensure it remains Covid-safe.

In a statement on Facebook, Mr Payne said: "After working together with the council and police we have managed to come to a compromise to allow my lights to go back on.

"Unfortunately you will not be permitted to walk down the driveway but can drive past or park up and walk past to view the lights.

Some of the charity Christmas lights displayed at Kestrel Way, Cheslyn Hay.

"Please follow the temporary traffic direction arrows to try and ease congestion at busy times and park responsibly respecting neighbours and residents.

"Covid Government guidelines must be adhered to at all times – your co-operation will help to keep the lights switched on so everyone can enjoy some Xmas joy."

The charity Christmas lights collection box, at Kestrel Way, Cheslyn Hay.

Chief Inspector David Wain, of South Staffordshire Neighbourhood Policing team, said officers had attended the scene on Saturday over what appeared to be a breach of Covid rules.

Neighbours and people on social media had criticised the decision to turn the lights off, calling it an "overreaction" and "appalling", adding the lights had helped bring a smile to their faces amid the pandemic.

Mr Payne previously said he loved to see people looking at the light display – which he does every year to help bring some Christmas cheer.

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