The vast majority of feedback to this year’s New Year celebrations and fireworks display was positive, BID manager Helen Tripconey told St Ives Town Council’s Community and Environment Committee.

There will be a debate about the future use of fireworks, as against other styles of light display, although Helen explained that Cornish firm Celebration Pyrotechnics, which put on the show, used plastic-free fireworks.

She also told the meeting that in the wake of the celebrations a small team of volunteers filled 20 large refuse sacks with plastic in the course of an hour and a half. This was plastic which might well have otherwise ended up in the water.

Mayor Tony Harris said: “I want to applaud BID for what they are doing on the beaches.”

Helen added that the St Ives in December celebrations continued to grow and would be reviewed again this year to see if changes in security and safety were needed.

In her report, she also mentioned that a scheme was under way to get local businesses to adopt some of the benches around town and help towards their upkeep.There is also a meeting organised for this week to address shoplifting concerns.