THE RESTORATION of the bandstand in Leamington’s Pump Room Gardens moved a step closer this week.
The Friends of the Pump Room Gardens and Warwick District Council submitted planning application for the work which is part of a £1million transformation of the historic gardens.
The plan is for the current bandstand, which has stood at the centre of the gardens since 1896, will be dismantled and taken away for restoration before returning in all its former glory. The undercroft of the bandstand will also be restored to allow for the storage of chairs and equipment for bands.
Archie Pitts, Chair of the Friends Group, said: “The bandstand is a well-loved feature and there is much public demand to see it restored and used. This is a small but important step in that process.”
Coun David Shilton, district council parks and gardens spokesman added the bandstand was at the heart of the Pump Room Gardens and it was essential for it to be restored.
The Pump Room Gardens restoration project is a joint venture between Warwick District Council and the Friends of the Pump Room Gardens. Each is contributing ten per cent of the estimated costs, with the balance the subject of an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund which will be made next month.
The entire project will also see the tarmac paths ripped up and replaced with a surface more in keeping with the Grade II-listed gardens, and likewise the crumbling wall facing the Parade will also be rebuilt.
Visit www.pumproomgardens.org.uk for further details.
The bandstand is set to be restored to its former glory. Photo by Elliott Brown.