Winning Design for Littlehampton's Stage By The Sea
Winning Design for Littlehampton’s Stage By The Sea

Good news for Pier Road and Littlehampton’s seafront as the work to create Littlehampton’s Stage by the Sea gets underway.

The project was due to begin earlier in the year, suffered what Littlehampton Town Council described as ‘unavoidable delays’, but is now underway.

The innovative structure is being created where the original Littlehampton Band Stand used to be just above the Bango Road Car Park.

Earlier this week, (1st October 2013) the bulldozers moved in and cleared the original site which had been a quiet picturesque garden. Only lady I spoke to described it as ‘vandalism’, she said. ‘I don’t know what the council is doing,’ she said. ‘We have this monstrosity (pointing to the East Beach Cafe), then this (pointing to the longest bench) and now this..’

Often in Littlehampton it’s difficult to find a fan of the recent seafront structures – the East Beach Cafe, the World’s Longest Bench and the new seafront shelters, but I must admit to being a fan.

I love them all and can’t wait to see the new Stage by the Sea completed.

Stage by the Sea siteThe site where Littlehampton’s Stage by the Sea is being created.

The project, funded and managed by Littlehampton Town Council is in part response to demands by locals for a bandstand to be re-instated. The Stage by the Sea is a modern take on the old band stand and this exciting building when completed will also act as a seafront shelter, and apparently be so low on one side that you can walk over it.

Cue the skateboarders, rollerbladders and the Littlehampton’s Gazettes prolific letter writers who I can imagine will out in force objecting to what will be seen in their view as yet another ‘modern eyesore with health and safety risks.’

Yet it’s good to see that Littlehampton is forging ahead with some bold and innovative projects such as this. There’s no doubt that Littlehampton seafront provides an excellent location for concerts and events and with this new stage, we can really forge ahead in attracting some exciting events.

Stage by the Sea Littlehampton Sea frontLittlehampton Town Council’s Site Notice giving a useful update on the project.

It’s expected to be finished by November and operational by the New Year.

Stage by the Sea LittlehamptonThe site being prepared to build Littlehampton seafront’s latest attraction  – Stage by the Sea.

4 Comments

  1. I too can’t wait to see the stage by the Sea. At least the East Beach Cafe ,Longest bench and the shelters make Littlehampton different and create discussion points

    • I think it will be brilliant. Projects like these are what this town needs. But, sadly, not everyone agrees. Cue the letters in the Littlehampton Gazette…

  2. Peter Taylor Reply

    Why is it being built for only 15 musicians? Who did they consult? The average Brass Band or School Band is much bigger that this, at least 24. No “Last Night of the Proms” with an orchestra then.

    • Thanks for your comments.

      I’m shortly going to be uploading a post updating on the Stage By Sea. You’re certainly not alone in your view. What I don’t understand also is where is the audience going to sit? Unless they’re planning to close Banjo Road Car Park, I can’t see how any decent number of people will be fitted in. I’m also disappointed with the actual size of the structures. The front piece which is supposed to act as a shelter seems so small that I can’t imagine anyone wanting to shelter in it.

      As I say, I’m going to do a follow-up post,shortly.

      Thanks for your contribution.
      Paul

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