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Bandstand ramp

Access for all will be possible at one of the most well-known structures in Bognor Regis.


Councillors have agreed to allow a ramp to be installed at the town’s seafront bandstand.


The addition on the north side of the Grade II-listed feature was approved by Arun District Council’s development control committee on Wednesday. It will be among a package of works to restore the bandstand to its historic glory and promote its use.


Arun planning officer Dan Vick said the ramp could be removed in the future if it was necessary.


“The access ramp will have contemporary-style, rather than traditional, handrails at the request of our conservation officer.


“That will allow it to be seen as an addition rather than trying to make it look like part of the original structure,” he said.


Cllr Hugh Coster (I, Aldwick E) said: “I’m not speaking against the ramp at all but I just think it’s going to alter the symmetry of the original building. It’s a bit of a shame but we have got to have the ramp.”


Cllr Martin Lury (LD, Bersted) said: “To hell with symmetry. The disabled ramp is fantastic.”


Caroline Gosford, from Arun’s economy team, said the bandstand was well used for a variety of activities. But bands preferred the bandstand in Hotham Park because it was sheltered and was surrounded by a large seating area.


As well as the ramp, the agreed works will include Perspex sheets at the top of the bandstand to prevent water penetration, new non-slip tiles, new lighting and a horizontal ceiling.

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