Mansfield’s Carr Bank Park submit plans for music bandstand

MUSIC could soon return to Mansfield’s Carr Bank Park after plans were submitted to build a new bandstand in the grounds.

The idea was raised by the Friends Group at the park in a bid to replace the previous bandstand that was taken down in 1965.

Its new location will be in the centre of the park as the previous bandstand occupied a space where the new war memorial is now situated.

A spokesman for Mansfield District Council, which has submitted the proposal, said that if planning permission is granted work will start shortly.

“The bandstand will cost around £60,000 and there will also be groundwork and new seating in the area,” she said.

“There is a lot of work to be done but people should start to see the bandstand coming together early next year.”

The work will be financed by the council from cash secured by a section 106 agreement - which allows councils to request money for local facilities from developers.

Ravensdale ward councillor Christine Smith said: “There has been a lot of interest to replace it.

“I feel the money secured would be well spent as it would improve the park architecturally and historically.

“We hope to encourage local players and poetry groups to meet there.”