Options limited for bandstand/rain shelter at Victoria Pleasure Ground

Finding a suitable location for a rain shelter/bandstand at the Victoria Pleasure Ground, Uckfield, is proving difficult.

The idea of providing a shelter which could double as a small bandstand was floated to Uckfield Town Council towards the end of last year by Cllr Ian Smith, Independent, Ridgewood.

It would, he said, enable dog walkers and others to shelter when caught out in the rain.


Town council grounds staff studied the pleasure ground and said only two sites were potentially possible, one near the existing pavilion and the other near the beacon.

Both had disadvantages.

The beacon site would be vulnerable to any burning embers which fell while the area near to the pavilion might give vandals a ‘leg-up’ to go on to the building’s roof.

Councillors at Tuesday’s (January 2) meeting of the council’s environment and leisure committee agreed to log the idea as a longer-term aspiration but did not set aside any money for the scheme in the 2018/19 draft budget.

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