Bandstand plans progress

PLANS to reinstate a bandstand at Portishead Lake Grounds have moved a step closer.

A planning application submitted on October 20 renewed hopes that musical ensembles and outdoor theatre could become regular events by summer 2012, however the application has now been withdrawn while landlord’s consent is sought.

The Lake Grounds were developed in the early 1900s and a popular bandstand was situated near to Battery Point. It was demolished during the war due to army activity.

The Portishead Tourism Group has long campaigned for the bandstand to be replaced and although the planning application has been temporarily withdrawn, group member Ron Hazelton says it will be resubmitted immediately if landlord’s consent is granted.

Mr Hazelton added: “The Victorian design of the bandstand is aimed to provide an attractive ornamental feature that will enhance the Lake Grounds.

“Bandstands in Clevedon and Weston are used extensively throughout the summer months and it is projected that a bandstand in Portishead would also be used extensively and prove extremely popular.”

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