Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Confusion over town bandstand sale

A historic bandstand on the high street of Bracknell, Berkshire
A historic bandstand on the high street of Bracknell, Berkshire

A landmark town centre bandstand is up for sale - or, there again, maybe not.

The historic bandstand in the centre of Bracknell, Berkshire, has attracted bids on eBay which started at 99p but have risen to more than £150,000.

However despite the apparent interest in the 1970s structure, due to be demolished as part of the regeneration of the town centre, it may not be possible to sell it.

The Reading Post newspaper reported that Bracknell Lib Dems had put the bandstand up for auction but Bracknell Town Council says it cannot be sold as it is owned by Bracknell Regeneration Partnership

The Bracknell branch of the Lib Dems claimed it had permission from Bracknell Town Council to sell it online, but the town council denied this.

The Lib Dems have campaigned to move the bandstand to Sandhurst Memorial Park, b ut Bracknell Regeneration Partnership said the structure was riddled with asbestos, like other buildings being demolished in the northern part of the town. The Lib Dems claim the asbestos has now been removed, the newspaper said.

The Lib Dems say they are acting as an agent and said people could continue to bid. They are acting as agents on behalf of the local community and net proceeds of the sale will be offered to a local community charity.

The auction will end on Sunday October 20 at 9.24pm.

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