Petition to back bandstand plan

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THE mayor of Bourne is launching a petition to prove the popularity of her bandstand scheme.

Coun Helen Powell has been attempting to get a bandstand to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee year built in the Memorial Gardens in Bourne since the beginning of the year.

But Bourne United Charities which owns the Memorial Gardens have refused to house a permanent structure in that location.

The trustees of the Bourne United Charities unanimously voted against allowing a bandstand because they felt it was not an appropriate place for a permanent structure.

The trustees said a number of letters they had received expressed concern about a bandstand being located in a memorial park.

At the time chairman of the Bourne United Charities trustees Dr Carl Pears said: “We responded to what we felt the public wanted.”

But Coun Powell wants to prove the popularity of her scheme and she is now looking to launch a petition to act as evidence of the projects wide scale support in the community.

To strengthen her case for a permanent bandstand Coun Powell also wants all the brass instrument players in the town and surrounding area to come forward with the intention of starting an official Bourne Jubilee Brass band, which would provide a regular source of entertainment for the town at the proposed bandstand.

Coun Powell said: “We are about to launch a petition for the bandstand and ask everyone who is for the bandstand to sign it.

“Then we can present it to the Bourne United Charities as they seem to think no-one wants it.”

Finances for the project are in a strong position with more than £11,000 of the projected £20,000 secured for the project, as well as contractors offering to supply the material at a discounted rate.

A committee has also been formed but a treasurer is still needed.

To show your support for the project e-mail helennjpowell@hotmail.co.uk