New Bandstand development gets further funding

THE WELSH Government Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Carl Sargeant AM, was in Aberystwyth on Wednesday 23 July 2014 to see how regeneration work there is helping the Promenade to flourish. During his visit, the Minister announced further funding of £570,000 for the redevelopment of the Bandstand.

The Leader of Ceredigion County Council, Councilor Ellen ap Gwynn, said:

‘The Bandstand is a focus for the magnificent Promenade in Aberystwyth and this investment will go hand in hand with all of the exciting things currently going on in the town. One of the Council’s strategic objectives is to develop Aberystwyth as a recognised regional and national hub, and we are grateful to the Minister and Welsh Government for their commitment in supporting this objective with funding from the Regeneration fund.’

The Minister said:

‘It’s clear that Aberystwyth’s iconic Bandstand is a facility which local people hold dear and I’m pleased that, thanks to Welsh Government funding, Aberystwyth can now look forward to its redevelopment, allowing the community and visitors to enjoy it once again.

‘It’s pleasing to see the difference that Welsh Government regeneration funding is making to the area and I see no reason that the Promenade can’t now become a catalyst for further local growth.’

The work, planned to start in late October 2014, will retain the outer wall of the original 1930’s Bandstand and a new sea defence will be built incorporating a walkway around the building.

A contemporary structure will be assembled inside the outer wall that will have a more welcoming glass front which can be opened to allow viewing of performances from the promenade. In more inclement weather the glass front can be closed and smaller side doors opened for access making the internal space useable and more comfortable for a longer period during the year. It is anticipated that the foyer area will be used for displays or as a gallery when the Bandstand is not in use, making more of a feature of the building. Discreet lighting will make the Bandstand a feature on the promenade during the evening.

A selection of photos of the newly proposed bandstand plans.

Once completed the council intends that the facility will be licensed for civil ceremonies thus supporting local hotels with potential for increased wedding trade.

Ceredigion County Council had decided to pull the earlier affirmed plans for the redevelopment in March of this year.  The council cited “significant additional costs” as the reason behind throwing out the original plans and stated that they would now consider other options. The plans were considered  highly controversial due to its large size and modern designNew plans to refurbish the bandstand on Aberystwyth promenade were put up for public consultation, after the previous design was dropped.