Bandstand area for Seaford’s seafront?

Seaford. Martello Tower and Seaford Museum. Taken 31st Oct. 2012 E50179N
Seaford. Martello Tower and Seaford Museum. Taken 31st Oct. 2012 E50179N

Exciting plans to create an informal bandstand area on Seaford seafront are being recommended for approval at Seaford Town Council.

The scheme will be considered at the council’s community services committee this week.

It would be set up on the seaward facing raised deck at the Martello Tower and has been suggested by Seaford Community Partnership Seafront Theme Group.

Councillors will meet on Thursday September 26 at the Council Chamber where officers are advising them to agree the scheme and offer support.

The seafront theme group, which includes town and district councillors, ex-councillors and members of the public, is also asking the town council to allow seafront memorial bench applications to be permitted as a way to pay for seating.

The report to councillors said, “Many coastal towns have seafront bandstands and performance areas, but it is openly recognised by Seaford Seafront Theme Group that high cost or significant structures are not realistic options instead the proposal seeks to facilitate events rather than developing structures or creating a venue to house them.”

It is anticipated the project would be very cheap – a power supply could be taken from the Martello Tower.

Plays, live music, recorded music and dance could be performed, creating an additional attraction.

Peter White, who is a director of the community partnership and involved with Seaford Rock and Jazz Orchestra, said the council had run out of places to put donated benches and this could provide an alternative.

The project would help to attract people to the seafront and Seaford Museum.