It’s potentially good news but it’s going to take time…

That’s the verdict on the future of Eastbourne Bandstand.

It’s in desperate need of repair, and The Friends of Eastbourne Seafront have met with Eastbourne Borough Council leader Stephen Holt.

Here are the Friends:

“Cllr Holt has told us that limited money has been spent on the Bandstand this year resulting in an underspend. The fire alarm has been updated but little else.

No structural work has been undertaken and nothing is planned for this coming year. In this year’s budget 2024/25 there will again be a relatively small amount for the Bandstand, if it’s agreed by full council.

However substantial funding is planned for 2025/26, it will be used for match funding for major grant applications.

It’s going to be a long slow process but EBC seem committed to restoring the Bandstand and are demonstrating their commitment to our seafront heritage buildings by investing in the restoration of Redoubt at the moment.”