Plan to move Crawley bandstand criticised

jpco 9-7-14 Queens Square, Crawley (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140807-121115001
jpco 9-7-14 Queens Square, Crawley (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140807-121115001

Plans to move the bandstand from Queens Square have come in for some criticism.

As part of the £3million scheme to give the aging square a new look, Crawley Borough Council made the decision to move the structure to the Memorial Gardens.

At a meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday, Cllr Bob Burgess (Con, Three Bridges) asked why there had been no consultation over the decision and said he felt the Memorial Gardens was an “inappropriate” location.

While supporting the over all regeneration scheme as “very much needed”, Cllr Burgess added: “Where was the consultation on moving the bandstand – when were the public asked?

“Talking to many people, they feel where it is proposed to go is inappropriate because it will spoil the atmosphere of the Memorial Gardens.”

His views were echoed by Cllr Brenda Burgess, at a meeting of the Northgate Matters neighbourhood forum on Thursday (March 19).

She said: “The park is supposed to be there to remember people who gave their lives for our country. If you want to move the bandstand there are plenty of other places it could be moved to.”

Both councillors were reminded a consultation had been held and ended in December – though it was noted all options assumed the bandstand would be moved.