Bandstand work ‘the final straw’

A LEADING councillor has angrily hit out at the local authority in the wake of its decision to close the bandstand for a large chunk of the summer season.

The Herald revealed last week that the popular seafront music venue would remain shut throughout May and June for repairs, meaning planned concerts will have to be staged elsewhere.

Among those events which have had to be shifted is a free concert commemorating 100 years since the Titanic sank.

It had been due to take place at the bandstand on April 15 – with 1,500 people having applied for free tickets.

And the location was all the more poignant because the bandstand is home to a recently restored plaque which was erected in memory of Eastbourne-based musician John Wesley Woodward – one of the orchestra who played on board the ship.

Reaction among Herald readers has been mixed – with the majority criticising the council for not carrying out the repair work during a quieter time of year.

And it was a sentiment echoed by Councillor Colin Belsey who contacted the Herald to register his disgust.

He said, “With the bandstand problem piled on top of everything else happening in town at the moment I feel extremely sorry for the hoteliers, guest house owners and other businesses.

“The bandstand should have been regularly checked, then we would have known some time ago that there was the need for repairs.

“This is just another example of the lack of asset management that Eastbourne Borough Council has neglected. It takes a chunk of brick falling off the Congress before something is done about it and this sort of problem seems to be a recurring theme.”

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