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.