Bandstand revamp funds sought

A PROJECT to revamp and repair Clevedon’s bandstand has become a long-term scheme after the costs involved escalated.

In February, it was revealed North Somerset Council hoped to redecorate the seafront structure, replace rotten panels and possible create a better access to the Victorian structure in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

However, the need for listed building consent and stipulations set out by English Heritage mean the project will take a lot longer and cost a lot more than previously thought.

At a meeting of Clevedon Town Council’s town events and amenities committee on May 23, North Somerset Council’s green space officer Gareth Withers said: “We have put an application in to BIFFA for funds to renovate the bandstand.

“We need to put together a long-term repair plan.

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“We are probably looking at about �10,000 for the whole project.

“Clevedon Civic Society have said they will put some money toward it.”

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In the meantime, the unitary authority has carried out some work to tidy up the bandstand in time for this weekend’s celebrations. The surround has been painted and some new fascia boards have been installed.

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