Eastleigh’s bandstand vandalised

Bandstand railings

Eastleigh residents will be shocked to discover that the town’s landmark bandstand, so often the centre of community events, has been extensively vandalised.

The Victorian edifice which stands proudly in the Town Centre recreation ground was only renovated two years ago but now faces further repairs after mindless yobs left almost every panel of the decorative wrought iron railings with scrollwork kicked and bent out of shape.

Eastleigh News understands that if the panels cannot be repaired in situ they will have to be sent away to be reheated, reworked and then repainted – possibly putting the bandstand out of use in the meantime – because of the extent of the damage, the repairs could cost thousands of pounds.

One of group of youngsters believed to be as young as 14 was seen by a local resident damaging the railings yesterday afternoon at around 3.30pm.

Bandstand damage

Police are reviewing evidence and say those found to have caused damage will be dealt with ‘robustly’.

Thanking the member of the public who came forward with information Police Sergeant Chris Spellerberg of Eastleigh Safer Neighbourhoods Teams said:

“We’re grateful for the ongoing support of our residents who are proud of where they live and are not going to be intimidated by marauding groups of young people intent on committing crime and making residents lives a misery”

A spokesman for Eastleigh Borough Council said that the council are still in the process of assessing the damage adding:

“The council is disappointed to learn that damage has been caused to one of the Borough’s most iconic buildings.”

Chris Thomas, Chair of Easlteigh Local Area Committee told Eastleigh News that the last time the bandstand had been renovated a great deal of time had gone into finding rust resistant paint that matched the old Southern Railways colour scheme.

Cllr Thomas vowed the bandstand would be restored as soon as possible adding :

“This damage to an iconic structure in our town centre, with its links to the railway, is both saddening and angering. I understand that the police are investigating and I will be asking the council to seek recovery of the costs of repair”

Anyone with information on the vandalism should contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Bandstand a focal point during Remembrance Sunday 2012

Bandstand a focal point during Remembrance Sunday 2012

  5 comments for “Eastleigh’s bandstand vandalised

  1. Stuart Jebbitt
    April 15, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Will be a tiny minority of poorly parented individuals. The majority of young people in Eastleigh are a credit to the town. I hope something was caught on CCTV.

  2. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    April 15, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Can’t always blame the parents Stuart but your’e right what you say about Eastleigh’s youth – just look at the young people in the Scout band in that Remembrance Day photo, using the bandstand in the way it was meant to be used and proud to do so.

    Seen plenty of young contemporary music bands on there over the years as well.

    An Eastleigh PC has previously told me he reckoned there is a minority of known individuals who are responsible for the majority of aggro in the town.

  3. Michael Bruty
    April 15, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Hi I an my family lived in Eastleigh for years an I am sad to hear that local youths have damage the Grandstand which should be admired by these people an protected by then not destroyed by them.How stupid to destroy something that is in directly belongs to them an their parents.

  4. Pete Stewart
    April 15, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    I wonder if this is the first time it has ever been vandalized.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      April 16, 2013 at 12:06 am

      The council said last time it was renovated they had to straighten out a few of the scrolls but nothing on this scale.

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