The atmosphere at Eastbourne Bandstand has been destroyed by the erection of barriers to prevent the public from using the upper promenade during performances. In the 1950s the Bandstand was Eastbourne’s top attraction. It is where people gathered to meet, particularly the young.
Sadly this is no longer the case. My husband and I were dismayed on a recent visit on a lovely summer evening to find accesses blocked. There were a few people seated listening to the band completely isolated from visitors and residents walking by. It gave me the feeling of “Us” and “Them” when surely the Bandstand is for everyone to enjoy. My view is that people who wish to sit will always be prepared to pay for a seat. However much money is spent on renovating the Bandstand, this attraction will never be the same unless it is opened up for everyone to enjoy whether they pay to sit or just wander by which I think was always the intention from the time it was built.
I hope the council will reverse it’s decision and tear down the barricades so that once again we can all watch and hear.
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