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News - 28 May 2005

Commercialisation of the bandstand

The dilapidated bandstand near the West Pier may be converted for retail or other commercial use. The 120-year-old historic structure is undergoing a major restoration.

The space will suit an enterprise that does not need to operate all day every day of the week. A report to the environment committee recommends councillors approve the bandstand will be run, in part at least, as a commercial enterprise and that the building may be in part or whole unavailable to the operator on certain days, so that the bandstand can be used as a performance space, or to host events such as weddings.

The report also recommends that they approve the reinstatement of the link-bridge from Kingsway to the upper level of the bandstand.

The report further suggests councillors agree that a small clubhouse and public toilets at the western end of the development should be the subject of future funding bids to raise the money for their reconstruction.

Councillors will also be asked to agree to a financial strategy to ensure the council can match any funding it may receive from the Heritage Lottery Fund to repair the bandstand, outstanding projects and the nearby mosaic.

Councillors are also being asked to agree that the council will earmark funding for future maintenance of the bandstand.

Chair of the environment committee Cllr Gill Mitchell says: “If agreed to these proposals mark the next phase in the restoration of our historically important bandstand.

“The council's investment in the restoration work so far will serve to strengthen the bid we will be making to the Heritage Lottery Fund in the

near future.”

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