The proposal to build a multi functional, community bandstand in Dorking’s Meadowbank park has recently been granted planning permission by the development committee of Mole Valley District Council.

The bandstand will serve three purposes: provide a much needed, permanent outside performance space in the centre of Dorking; a suitable lasting tribute to the staff of the NHS; key workers and volunteers who helped steer the country through the COVID pandemic; and as a memorial to those who have suffered or tragically lost their lives.

Commenting on the decision, Chair of the trustees, Stephen Williams said:

“ We need to honour and remember all those who have helped us through the Pandemic. Dorking also needs an open air performing venue in the centre of the town and we need to remember those who have suffered or died. What better than a new bandstand to replace the one we lost in the early 1960s? The idea is already being very strongly supported by the local council and a wide variety of performing groups and other organisations”

Noting that the decision had been a long time coming, fellow trustee Nick Wright said “ I warmly welcome the decision and the support that this represents for this project by the Council. We can now really get to grips with the key issue of raising funds and finalising design and supply matters.”

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