A decision by Glasgow City Council had been made to charge £2.50 for those who want to see its Christmas lights being turned on.
The announcement comes after a public consultation found that around 2000 tickets were unused last year. The plan has provoked a mixed reaction from the residents and politicians of Glasgow according to the Evening Times.
City Centre SNP Councillor Eva Bolander said: “I would like the switch on for the lights to be free of charge for all Glaswegians.”
She added: “For families on a strained budget the cost could stop them from even applying for tickets.”
Greens Councillor Nina Baker said: “Whilst recognising the tough financial situation, I don’t support charging a fee for this.
“There should be ways to make it less expensive, simpler, less star-studded, etc.”
A spokesman for Glasgow Life said: “Glasgow’s Christmas Lights switch on is one of the most keenly anticipated events of the year and one which many people have very personal memories of but every year approximately 15% of the tickets issued aren’t used even though we receive enough requests in the ballot to see George Square filled 10 times over.
“A survey conducted after last year’s ballot received an overwhelming response with 500 people completing it within half an hour.
“80% of respondents indicated broad support for the reintroduction of a small fee which would encourage applicants to ask for the number of tickets they require instead of the maximum and would cover the costs of the ballot and ticket distribution.”
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