Peasholm bandstand to be given a major £35,000 refurbishment

Peasholm Park lake and bandstand. Picture by Andrew Higgins.
Peasholm Park lake and bandstand. Picture by Andrew Higgins.
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Peasholm Park’s historic bandstand is set to receive a belated Christmas present - a £35,000 refurbishment from Scarborough Council.

The work, which will be funded from the council’s capital contingency reserve, is due to be carried out during the winter months so it will be finished in time for the 2013 season.

The recommendation to release the funds was given unanimous backing by councillors during a meeting at the Town Hall.

A report by Nick Edwards, head of finance and asset management, said: “Continuous minor repairs have been carried out to the bandstand since its construction in the 1960s.

“Following a recent inspection the wooden structure has been found to be rotten and is deemed unsafe for use therefore a complete refurbishment of the wooden frame and panels is required.”

He added that as the bandstand is one of the key structures in the park, it is seen as “essential for the operation and ambience of the park”.

Mr Edwards said: “Should the bandstand be lost, it is anticipated that the council will not be able to retain current level of income from the park.”

Linda Harper, chairman of Peasholm Park Friends, is delighted that the work has been given the go-ahead.

She said: “We’re really pleased. It’s something that has needed to be done for while as the wood has seen better days.

“It will be nice to have a bandstand that is fitting for the park, as it’s such a unique and beautiful feature.”

Mrs Harper is hoping that the work will be complete by Easter. “It will be a good excuse for a party!” she added.

Organisers of Scarborough’s Acoustic Gathering event have also welcomed the news.

Steve Dickinson said: “It’s a fantastic centrepiece for our event and for the park itself, so we’re looking forward to it.”