Work begins to repair bandstand
PUBLISHED: 12:30 20 May 2014
MORE than a quarter of the funds needed to repair Grove Park's historic bandstand have been secured raising hope the work can be completed this year.
Weston Town Council has agreed to put forward up to £25,000 to save the iconic Victorian structure, which has fallen into disrepair.
Although North Somerset Council owns the Weston park and the 100-year-old bandtsand, the town council is stumping up the cash to fund vital maintenance.
In exchange for the funding boost, the town council has asked to extend its lease of Grove House into a longer-term contract.
Town council clerk Malcolm Nicholson said: “We would like to make it clear the town council does not own the park or the bandstand.
“The town council has offered £25,000 towards repair and in return asked if our lease of Grove House could be made long term.
“We would like to support the bandstand and £25,000 is a significant fund.
“Because our lease runs out next year, we would like it resolved so we can begin to plan for our long-term future. The offer is on the table.”
The repair fund has already received £10,000 from the Weston Trust and the £500 from the town’s civic society.
Cllr Peter Bryant, North Somerset Council’s executive member for parks and green spaces, has welcomed the cash boost, which will allow specialist repairs to begin.
He said: “I gave a statement several months ago saying work on the bandstand would be complete by next summer to err on the side of caution.
“Things have moved on exceedingly well since then.
“We have a price of £102,000 for the repairs and work is about to commence. I hope it will be done before the end of this summer.
“Everyone is coming forward to help to fix what is a very important icon in our park.”
Instead of having to renew its contract every five years, the town council will now be on a 25-year lease.