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By Ian Dipple Tuesday 28 January 2014 Updated: 30/01 10:56
PLANS to alter the look of Redditch's historic bandstand have been dropped.
But work will get underway on the original £30,000 scheme to improve the surrounding area on Monday (February 3).
The project includes new pedestrian ramps and cycle racks while the area around the bandstand and fountain will be resurfaced and new seating installed.
Some work to cut back trees and bushes has already been completed while the rose arch walkway will be divided into sections and relocated to create attractive entrance points to the area.
It is planned the work will be completed by late March in time for the start of the 50th anniversary New Town celebrations in April.
The scheme is designed to open up the area to support efforts to bring the bandstand back into use.
But the Standard reported in December how concerns had been raised the structure itself was not fit for purpose because it was difficult to see into when performances were taking place.
Because the original scheme has come in under budget, a structural engineer's report was ordered by officers at Redditch Borough Council to see if alterations were possible, which the public would then have been consulted on.
But it is understood any changes would have cost about £45,000 and have now been ruled out. Any work carried out on the bandstand itself will be minor repairs or maintenance.
Coun leader Bill Hartnett said: "Improvements to the bandstand area have been in the pipeline for a while so it’s great that they are finally coming to fruition and just in time to start our new town 50th anniversary celebrations.
"When the work is finished I am sure this will be an even better place to sit and relax as well as being a great venue for our festivals and bandstand events. I would encourage anyone to contact us if they are interested in using the bandstand for their own events too."
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