Good news for Grove Park
PUBLISHED: 11:00 02 June 2014
HOPES that the historic bandstand in Weston's Grove Park could be fixed before the end of the summer have been raised, after work to fix the crumbling structure began this week.
Scaffolding was placed around the building on Monday and workers started dismantling the roof yesterday (Wed).
Every element of the bandstand will be dismantled, leaving just the base, before the pieces are then sent off for specialist repairs.
The ironwork will be taken away to be treated, and all other parts will either be restored or renewed, depending on their condition.
When the plinth has been repaired and all the component parts completed, they will be brought back to the park to be re-assembled.
Eura Conservation is carrying out the work on behalf of North Somerset Council and the authority anticipates it will be completed in August.
The scheme is being funded mainly by the council, along with donations of £10,000 from the Weston Trust, £500 from Weston Civic Society and an unconfirmed amount contributed by Weston Town Council.
Peter Bryant, North Somerset’s executive member for parks, said: “We are delighted that work is now starting.
“We have spent the past few weeks putting Eura’s tender under the spotlight and are confident the work will be completed on time and on budget.
“Eura has an excellent track record dealing with this sort of structure, so we are also confident the renovation will be of high quality.”
The bandstand is traditionally used by a number of local groups and performers to stage regular concerts during the summer months.