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War Memorial Park bandstand to get new roof
THE iconic bandstand in Basingstoke’s War Memorial Park is set to get a new roof – but this time it will not be made of metal.
The 1940s bandstand has traditionally had a lead roof but a number of thefts in the past five years has landed Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, which owns it, with a repair bill running into several thousand pounds.
The last time the lead roof was replaced in January 2012, thieves stripped the covering less than 24 hours after the builders’ scaffolding had been removed.
Lead thefts are increasingly common in the borough and at least 10 council-owned buildings alone have been targeted by thieves.
The surge in the price of lead has shot up more than 2,000 per cent from £650 per ton in 2005 to £15,000 per ton in 2012.
Now, council chiefs are proposing to repair the bandstand roof, which today has a blue plastic covering protecting it from the elements, with either a rubber-based material, clay, or slate tiles.
A planning statement, submitted to borough planning chiefs, stated that it is important that a new, theft-proof roof is installed, even if the bandstand looks substantially different from before.
“There is no point stating that the bandstand must be reinstated as the past condition. The current bandstand has no reflection on the original,” stated the design statement which is part of the planning application.
“We must proceed with preserving the existing building format with either plain clay tiles or traditional slates, to prevent further damage and deterioration of the fabric of the building.”
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