New bandstand could be focal point for Waterlooville

PROPOSED An artist's impression of how the bandstand might look
PROPOSED An artist's impression of how the bandstand might look
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A BANDSTAND could soon be built in Waterlooville town centre as part of an ongoing makeover.

The covered performance space proposed for London Road has been welcomed by traders.

Havant Borough Council is proposing the bandstand as it says the town hosts a growing number of community events every year.

Officials say there is a need to raise the profile of Waterlooville as the town grows, with thousands of homes set to be built to the west.

Janet Johnston, secretary of Waterlooville Business Association, said: ‘Personally I think it’s a good idea.

‘My son lives in the United States and every town there has one.

‘As a business association we wanted to do something similar in the town but to have it a bit bigger, but we could not raise the finance.’

The proposal comes as the council continues work repaving the precinct and putting in new street furniture and lighting.

The £700,000 scheme, paid for through grants, is due to be completed in June, apart from some landscaping and planting which will be done in October.

Mrs Johnston said police had raised concerns about the bandstand attracting anti-social behaviour at night.

No final decision has been taken yet, but key figures at the council are in support.

Jeff Crate, economic development team leader, said: ‘This bandstand and covered performance space will be a valuable asset for Waterlooville town centre, offering a modern and stylish focus for events and entertainment in the precinct.

‘This will assist in the council’s aim to increase visitor footfall and attract new businesses.’