Bandstand area plans unveiled

By Ian Dipple Friday 04 January 2013 Updated: 07/01 12:25

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PLANS have been unveiled to open up the area around the bandstand to help efforts to bring it back in to use.

The £30,000 makeover has been drawn up by council officers based on feedback from the public and community groups at last September's successful bandstand event.

Proposals include removing the flower beds inbetween the bandstand area and church ground to create more standing space for events, the removal of the rose arbour walkway and some shrubs and replanting of smaller ones to improve visibility, as well as the installation of cycle stands and a ramp to improve disabled access to the site.

A new bedding area will also be created further along Church Green East.

Councillors have already agreed at a recent executive committee to the work taking place in principle but are inviting residents to make suggestions, alterations and comments on the plans.

Council leader Bill Hartnett said the work was a balance between ensuring the beauty and uniqueness of the bandstand area was protected while helping to open it up so it could be brought back in to use.

"The feedback was positive about the bandstand event and there was a desire to see it held again but there were comments made about how the bandstand area could be improved," he said.

"We are limited to what we can do as some of the stones, walls and trees are protected and we only have a limited budget. It won't be in use 365 days a year so it needs to be appreciated for its beauty throughout the year as well as making it more accessible and it's getting the balance right between the two.

"We are saying this is our plan and what we have come up with, what do people think? Do they have any alterations or suggestions? My mind isn't set on anything and I'll be interested to see what people say."

The consultation will run for one month. A council spokeswoman said exact dates had not yet been set but the consultation would be advertised to ensure people could have their say.

The plans will be available to view at Redditch Town Hall and the One Stop Shops across the borough. Comments will be fed back to the executive committee at a later date for a final decision.

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