No to bandstand

FEARS of increased antisocial behaviour have put a stop to plans for a bandstand at Portishead Lake Grounds.

Portishead Tourism Group had dreams of a installing a Victorian looking bandstand at the beauty spot to benefit the community and attract tourists. However as landlord of the site, North Somerset Council needed to give its permission. A spokesman for the authority said: “We have been approached to see if we would give our consent as landowner, to put a bandstand at the Lake Grounds. We have declined because it is very likely it would become a focus for youths to congregate and anti-social behaviour could increase, which in turn could lead to increased maintenance including litter picking and graffiti removal.”

Ron Hazelton, chairman of Portishead Tourism said members of the group are extremely disappointed with the decision.

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