Bandstand ‘not worth the money’

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Moves to build a bandstand in Sudbury’s Belle Vue Park have been left floundering after criticism that the structure would be a waste of money.

The idea for a bandstand – costing around £49,000 – in the grounds of the town’s much-loved park was floated during a council meeting on Tuesday night.

Jan Osborne, a member of Sudbury Town Council’s leisure and environment committee, said she had visited other towns with bandstands and believed it would benefit Sudbury.

“I want to pursue this possibility as it would provide a social facility, allowing different events to be staged,” she said. “Other towns that have them are buzzing.”

Mrs Osborne said section 106 funds – money paid to councils by developers to offset the impact of large building schemes – was available for the bandstand, which could be built in the gardens behind Belle Vue House.

Councillor Peter Gray said: “In principle, it is a lovely idea, but my initial thought is it might be a lot of money for a place where teenagers hang out.”

Nigel Bennett said there was no evidence the bandstand was wanted or would be used, and it would harm the gardens, which played a vital role in helping Sudbury win a gold award in Anglia in Bloom recently.

“This is the heart of the park,” said Mr Bennett. “We are also still uncertain about what will happen with Belle Vue House.”

Members agreed to investigate the idea further when they had more detail on the future of Belle Vue House.