Christmas outdoor lighting and decoration

Christmas tree

The following information has been developed to guide you through the process of installing Christmas outdoor lights and decorations in your community. We have outlined the key facts you need to know, deadlines for applications and key contacts.

Before you put your application in for Christmas outdoor lights and decorations you need to consider the following points:
  • It is your responsibility to purchase the Christmas outdoor decorations you wish to use
  • You must organise for a registered contractor to install the lights or decorations (we can provide advice on local contractors)
  • It is your responsibility to apply to your local energy supplier for your MPAN number (Meter Point Administration Number).  The number uniquely identifies your electricity supply point that will power your Christmas lights or decorations (please note that you will be billed directly by the electricity supplier for the power you use)
  • Lights must be a minimum of 5.8m above road surface (excluding Christmas Tree Lighting applications)
  • Over pedestrian areas lighting must be 2.5m over head height (for pedestrian areas where emergency services require access minimum height must be 5.8m above road surface)
  • A structural test will need to be completed to assess wall/anchor point fittings or column/pole strength for all new installations and any decorations installed for over five years
  • You will need to consult with local resident and business groups where the lights or decorations will be located – consent in writing must be obtained for decorations fitted to private property

For full details of guidance notes in relation to specific Christmas outdoor lights and decorations applications please select the relevant document below:
Please contact the lighting team as soon as possible to discuss your requirements. If your plans for Christmas lighting or decorations are the same as those submitted in previous years please email christmaslights@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk to confirm that no details have changed, and include your MPAN number.


Step 1 – Request a site visit

A street lighting engineer will meet with you to inspect the location where you want to install the lights or decorations.  They will be able to provide advice on the type of lighting you will be able to install and the information that you need to obtain from your contractor.

Step 2 ­– Submit an application for permission to install electrical apparatus on or over the adopted highway or attachments to highway street furniture

Once a street lighting engineer has agreed that it is possible to display the festive lighting in the location requested please complete:

Step 3 – Contractor to submit festive lighting design for approval to install from the local Highway Authority

Step 4 – Final inspection from the Highway Authority for approval to light installed decorations

Final inspection from the Highway Authority for approval to energise installed decorations is required one week prior to the proposed switch on date. Please note there will also be further weekly maintenance checks of all festive lighting.

Please remember:

Further information

For help and advice on festive lighting please contact the lighting team on 0300 123 7036 or email: Christmaslights@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.


2015 Deadlines

  • 31 July 2015 - request a site visit
One week prior to proposed switch on date - final inspection from the Highway Authority for approval to energise installed decorations.

Cheshire West Libraries have organised a series of events to coincide with the forthcoming centenary of the end of the First World War.

Wednesday 7 November

Northwich Library, 10am-12pm: First World War Centenary coffee morning

Northwich Library will be hosting a coffee morning with representatives from the local Royal British Legion coming along to provide information and chat to customers about the Centenary.

Saturday 10 November

Barnton Library, 10am-1pm: Drop-in “Memory Morning”

Community event for residents to share their war-time memories of Barnton and learn more about the village’s history.

Tuesday 13 November

Helsby Library, 2.30pm: Researching Your Ancestors with Owen Powell.

Learn how to undertake genealogical research to trace your family story including where to start; which websites to use; searching the archives and dating photographs. Tickets are £3 - available from Helsby Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

Frodsham Library, 7pm: Home Service during the Great War

Millions of men and women were engaged in Home Service activities that were vital for the war effort. Join Owen Powell to find out more about this forgotten aspect of the Great War. Tickets are £3 - available from Frodsham Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

Thursday 8 November

Lache Library, 5.30pm: The Home Front in Cheshire & Wirral towards the End of the First World War

Mike Royden will talk about the impact of the First World War on local communities in Wirral and Cheshire, not only on the men and women directly involved in the conflict but also on those at home and the effects of the War in the years after it ended. Tickets are £5 - available from Lache Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

Friday 9 November

Neston Library, 5.30pm: The Home Front in Cheshire & Wirral towards the End of the First World War

Mike Royden will talk about the impact of the First World War on local communities in Wirral and Cheshire, not only on the men and women directly involved in the conflict but also on those at home and the effects of the War in the years after it ended. Tickets are £5 - available from Neston Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

There are also wonderful collections and displays in the following libraries:

Barnton Library - a collection of First World War memorabilia and related local history books is on display as well as an art display of poppies arranged and curated by Jackie Ormarod and the members of the library knitting group.

Helsby Library – a large display is available detailing how the war impacted on Helsby and details of the Helsby men who died in the First World War.

Neston Library - 'Great War - Neston Remembers' exhibition provided by Burton and Neston History Society is on display at Neston Library. The display illustrates how the war impacted on the everyday lives of Neston’s residents. As part of the exhibition there is a special collection about 170 individuals connected to Neston, who died in the First World War, diligently researched by Ian Norris. This is a unique and significant piece of work and will be of great interest to people from Neston and surrounding areas.

Northwich Library - A commemorative poppy display is in the entrance to the library, featuring a selection of books and a waterfall of poppies, all hand-made and created by the library craft group and other local community groups from Northwich town centre.

Sandiway Library - A commemorative book and photographic display relating to Sandiway community members involved in the First World War is available. The library is also decorated with poppy bunting designed and donated by the children and local craft groups who attend the library. A commemorative  Tommy figurine is also on display outside the library, by the Royal British Legion and the Parish Council.

Winsford Library – A display commemorating the Great War is on loan to the library from Crosshatch Gallery and Winsford History Society. Included are excerpts from Private Frederick Shaw’s Gallipoli campaigns diary (not originals); Private Shaw was based with the Royal Marine Light Infantry during the First World War and his name is inscribed on Winsford’s War Memorial.

Wharton, Weaverham and Great Boughton Libraries also have book displays themed around the First World War Centenary.

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