The town council’s Christmas lights are no longer economical or safe to use.
LED replacements would cost up to £50,000 for a five-year lease and councillors are concerned about entering a long term contract for such a large sum for what could be considered a non-essential service.
But they are reluctant to scrap the lights altogether in case shoppers choose to shop in towns that have a more festive feel.
Councillors decided they would discuss the issue with the Chamber of Commerce in the hopes of finding a solution.
“It is a big expense for the town council at a time when it faces an ever-tightening budget and so many more essential services are losing funding,” said town mayor Amanda Moriarty.
“Yet we appreciate that the lights add to the atmosphere of the town and we are committed to supporting our local shops.
“Hopefully we can work together with the Chamber and come up with an alternative that will benefit Stroud.”
Councillors postponed making a decision about the lights to allow time to explore other solutions.