7th Dec, 2016

Have your say on prospective War Memorial bandstand

Coventry Editorial 26th Nov, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

COVENTRY University students and a local voluntary group are urging members of the public to back a campaign to build a bandstand in War Memorial Park.

Architecture and design students joined forces with The Friends of War Memorial Park to draw up proposals for a permanent bandstand to be erected – and are now inviting Coventry residents to vote on their favourite design.

Following a competition, the students’ entries have been whittled down to a shortlist of six which are available to view online at www.buildthebandstand.co.uk

The winning design will then form the basis of a fundraising campaign that the Friends group will take forward to campaign to get the bandstand built.

Encouraging people to go online and add their vote to the 6,000 already cast, Gill Mills from the Friends of the War Memorial Park, said: “Bandstands are common features in parks across the country but there’s no such structure in the War Memorial Park – even though music performances often take place there – so we think a new bandstand would a great addition.

“The bandstand is for the people of Coventry to enjoy so we think they should have an opportunity to express their views.

“The designs that the students have come up with really are fantastic – they’ve put a lot of thought and creativity into this – so I’d urge people to get involved in our campaign by going online and choosing their favourite.

“We can’t guarantee that the winning design will eventually be built in the park but we’ll certainly be championing the public choice as we move forward into the fundraising stage of the campaign.”

The bandstand designs will be on display at the War Memorial Park visitor centre from Monday, January 4 til Saturday, January 9; the Central Library from Monday, January 11 until Sunday, January 17; and West Orchards shopping centre from Monday, January 18 to Sunday, January 24.

Voting will remain live on the website until January 31, 2016.