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We live on Britain’s most festive street – the Christmas lights are on until 10pm and parking is nightmare, we hate it

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RESIDENTS on Britain’s most festive street have slammed the dazzling Christmas light show – claiming it is a “bloody nuisance”.
Fuming locals said the winter wonderland on Byron Road, New Milton, Hants, causes “chaos” in the weeks before Christmas.
Every year, Byron Road in New Milton, Hants turns into a winter wonderland5Every year, Byron Road in New Milton, Hants turns into a winter wonderlandCredit: SolentThe festive street raises money for charity with its annual display5The festive street raises money for charity with its annual displayCredit: SolentBut not everyone is feeling the Christmas spirit, as one said it is a 'bloody nuisance'5But not everyone is feeling the Christmas spirit, as one said it is a ‘bloody nuisance’Credit: SolentThe annual display sees the terraced homes decked out in over 80,000 lights5The annual display sees the terraced homes decked out in over 80,000 lightsCredit: SolentOne Scrooge has rebelled and left their home in the dark5One Scrooge has rebelled and left their home in the darkCredit: SolentDubbed “Britain’s most festive street”, the Christmas display has become a renowned local attraction.
The Christmas-loving street raises money each year for charity, with this year’s proceeds going to the NHS.
It is a tradition for the street to daub their homes in glittering lights every year, as families flock to see the dazzling display.
But some locals aren’t feeling the Christmas spirit, with one homeowner once again rebelling by leaving their home in the dark.
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Today at the dark house nobody answered the door to a reporter, shutters were pulled down, and there was no sign of life inside.
And residents said while the charity event is a positive, the annual exhibition has become a “nightmare” as it causes “parking chaos.”
Byron Road resident Chris, who did not wish to give his surname, slammed the annual parking mayhem.
He told The Sun: “I’m caught between the devil and the deep blue here.

“People get a bit ignorant and a bit arrogant.”
Despite the fact that signs are displayed at both ends of the road warning visitors that there is no parking available, Chris says people park all up the road and local residents have nowhere to go.
“I’ve had two parking tickets in recent years because I’ve been forced to park on yellow lines to get anywhere near my house,” he added.
“People ignore the signs and park here anyway.
“There’s plenty of parking elsewhere, and people could just walk over to see the lights.”
‘BLOODY NUISANCE’
The winter wonderland takes over two months to set up, and has been organised for the past 15 years by father-son duo Ged Hollyoake and Jason Dean.
Ged personally decks the homes in over 80,000 Christmas lights, with the neighbourhood also featuring twinkling nativity scenes, life-sized light-up animals and giant inflatable Santas.
But while Ged also shells out £250 to pay for the resulting electricity bill, his festive cheer hasn’t spread to all of his neighbours.
One resident on the street, who did not wish to be named, said of the lights are “a bloody nuisance.”
They continued: “The parking was already bad enough here and then someone goes and puts bloody lights up that everyone wants to come and see.
“Lots of people round here have garages but they can’t use them for their cars because they’re not designed for modern cars.
“It’s great what [Ged’s] doing but it’s a nightmare to park during December.
“If anybody goes out the house for some reason the space will just fill up immediately.”
I think it’s great what he’s doing for charity but it becomes a bit of a circus hereLocal resident Chris
Another resident added: “Some of us have to leave for work early in the morning and if there are people here looking at the lights until 10pm then that can affect your sleep.
“It’s better now the lights are switched off at 9pm but you still can’t park.
“Some [visitors] seem to forget that people actually live here.”
Another disgruntled neighbour said: “Sometimes I go to collect my kids from school and by the time I’m back my space has been taken and there isn’t anywhere to park.
“We have to find somewhere on another road and it can take ages.”
Some residents feel the massive Christmas display, which was featured on the Cadbury’s Christmas advert six years ago, has also become a cash cow for local authorities.
One homeowner said: “I think the parking officers from the council take advantage of the situation and try to make as much money as they can.
“I’ve had several tickets since I moved here a few years ago because I can’t find a proper place to park.”
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Another resident who lives opposite the dazzling display said it is “a good thing” that the street raises money for charity.
“But you have to weigh up the two sides, it can be a nightmare for those living next door to it,” they added.

Story Credit: thesun.co.uk

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