TROWBRIDGE Town Council saw a £856 drop in income because of delays in installing new floodlights, it has been disclosed.

Plans to fit the new floodlights around the courts in Trowbridge town park were delayed after plans were rejected by Wiltshire Council. The floodlights are being grant-funded.

Hayley Bell, head of Trowbridge Town Council’s leisure and facilities department, said: “The courts were never closed and we had a variety of day-time bookings in the period from October to December.

“The income was £856 down on evening bookings due to the delay in installing them, however building work with an approved contractor will begin on Monday, March 11.”

The town council is also to buy a new mini to replace its existing vehicle with help from grants awarded from a variety of sources.

The council has received £10,000 from the National Lottery, £10,000 from the Trowbridge Area Board and £1,000 each from Community First and the Avon Valley Running Club.

A new mini bus will replace the current town council bus after £20k of grants were confirmed from Trowbridge Area Board and National Lottery Awards.

The town council was unsuccessful in bidding for £9,000 of grants from Tesco Bags of Help and the Aviva Community Grant.

The new mini bus will be launched at a town council event on Thursday, March 14 at 11am at The Civic Centre.

The council is working with key partners to investigate the possibility of bringing a nine or 18-hole Disc Golf course to the town from April, which could see the flying objects being thrown at targets as people play the emerging sport.

And its plans for a series of Picnic in the Park days could be boosted by a £1,000 grant from One Stop.

As well, a Zumba party will be heading to town on July 13 as part of the Active Festival in Trowbridge Park.