Work starts to transform bandstand

By Martin Neville

Sunday, June 1, 2014


Work starts to transform bandstand

Paul Rowling outside Sandham bandstand, which is to be converted into a cafe and restaurant. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

NEW life is being breathed into a disused Sandown landmark.

Work has already started to transform Sandham bandstand on the Esplanade after Isle of Wight builder Paul Rowling and his wife, Donna, received the news they had been waiting for — their planning application had been approved.

They were determined to bring back the good times and turn it into a cafe and restaurant.

Paul said: "There were no objections to the application — Sandown Town Council was 100 per cent behind it and we have received so much positive feedback.

"Work started straight away and we have already demolished the roof."

The original cast iron poles, which hold up the roof, will be removed by crane before being cleaned and brought back to their original look and reused.

A new vaulted roof will be installed while all round glazing upstairs will give diners panoramic views across the Bay.

Downstairs will have an outside seating area overlooking the park.

Paul, who has built numerous houses and home extensions over a 26-year career, will be undertaking the work himself, supported by a team of sub-contractors.

He added: "Hopefully, this is going to kick-start the regeneration of Sandown."

The couple hope to open the new eatery in February next year.



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by Pauline Alker

5th June 2014, at 12:47:27

What great news. Well done Paul and Donna. I've been visiting the island for over 40 years and I can't remember the last time Sandham Bandstand was used. Looking forward to seeing your project completed, and to using your café. Good Luck!

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by Mike Crowe

1st June 2014, at 16:08:01

As far as I am concerned, for nearly 70 years, that place has never 'been anything', it's just 'been there'. Very best wishes for turning it into 'something'. I can now see that 'it' will be in use from morning till night. Lovely !!

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by C Ryan-Sammon

1st June 2014, at 14:45:08

Great News and Good Luck also if they want my services, free of charge, to help them make sure they are "Fully Accessible to All" I am more than happy to give my time as a Disabled Person with knowledge of access issues.

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