Councillors have given permission to move the bandstand in Queens Square to Memorial Gardens.
Crawley Borough Council’s bid to move and refurbish the locally listed structure was permitted at a meeting yesterday (Tuesday July 7).
The Development Control Committee allowed the relocation as part of a £3m renovation project at the square.
A council report stated: “It is considered that the proposed relocation of the bandstand to Memorial Gardens is acceptable as it would help to facilitate the wider Queens Square regeneration project as part of the enhancement of the town centre, which would comply the overarching local and national aims of supporting competitive and attractive town centres.
“The new location has been chosen as it is considered that this is a more appropriate and sympathetic environment and is expected to attract a greater community use.”
The report stated analysis identified physical obstacles to the flow of pedestrian traffic as a ‘key weakness’ of the square.
The bandstand was moved to from Gatwick racecourse to Queens Square in 1958.
Councillor Brenda Burgess (Con, Three Bridges) said before the meeting at the Town Hall: “The people of Crawley have not had an opportunity to say what to do with the bandstand.
“I talked to people on Saturday and most of the people I spoke to said they had not been told about it.
“I do feel they need a voice and need to stand up and say what they are thinking.
“People have not been consulted on what’s best for Crawley.”
She added: “Lots of people would not want it in the Memorial Gardens as it could change the character of the gardens as they are a place of peace and reflection.
“Other options need to be looked at.
“Should it stay where it is or should it be moved somewhere else? It could be moved to Goffs Park.
“I just feel in the interest of democracy the people of Crawley should be consulted.
“Do they want it to be moved and if so where do they want it to go?”
She added the proposed position of the bandstand inside the Memorial Gardens would also not lend itself to allow people to use it properly.
During council discussions earlier in the year councillors were reminded that a consultation had been held and ended in December – though it was noted all options assumed the bandstand would be moved.
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