More support pledged for proposed bandstand in Bourne

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PLANS for a bandstand to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee in Bourne have been given another cash and manpower boost.

Town and district councillor Helen Powell has created a design for a bandstand in Memorial Gardens in South Street, and at a recent meeting, groups and individuals came forward to pledge their support.

Members of the Rotary Club of Bourne, the Royal British Legion and town residents voiced their backing for the development at a meeting at Smith’s pub in North Street on Wednesday last week.

Coun Powell has also acquired the services of Chris Lees, of Lees Scaffolding Services in Bourne who said his company would provide equipment, and fellow town councillor David Mapp, who as a conveyancing solicitor will put together the business plan for the project.

The development is also benefiting from financial support with a number of generous donations.

Bourne recycling company Ballast Phoenix has pledged £1,000 to the development and will provide the hardcore needed to construct the stand free of charge.

Last month, the project received a £10,000 pledge from an elderly gentleman who used to live in the town but wanted to remain anonymous.

Following the donations, a bank account has been set up for the project.

Coun Powell (Ind) said: “I’m over the moon with how the plans are coming along.

“I’m a positive thinker by nature but all the support has taken me pleasantly by surprise. It’s fantastic it’s coming together now.

“I’m delighted that so many people have got behind this. It’s amazing that everyone feels the same that Bourne needs a bandstand.

“I’m very grateful to all those who have come forward to support it.”

The land is owned by Bourne United Charities which is yet to make a decision on whether it would allow it to go ahead on the site.

Planning permission is also stioll needed before the bandstand could be built.

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