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