'Sometimes it is important to highlight examples of bad practice in order that lessons can be learnt' (AJ editorial, 18.7.02). Bexhill Bandstand (AJ 11.7.02), though a delight to the eye, neatly illustrates David Taylor's point.
As the photograph with the article clearly illustrated, it was apparently only built to accommodate a tea-dance band or a standing brass band playing without music stands.
Although local musicians had been consulted at the design stage, their input appears to have been totally ignored. The depth of each level of staging is too shallow to accommodate a seated player, his or her chair and a music stand and for trombone players.
The top level for percussionists is too small to accommodate all their equipment and has no protective back rail to prevent an over-enthusiastic drummer from falling off. (This is only one of several health and safety issues).
As a final indignity, unlike a traditional bandstand, the shell does not provide protection against the effects of the frequent seagull bombing runs - pity the poor tuba, euphonium or saxophone player whose instrument's bell has just taken a direct and copious hit! Hoffnung would have had a field day.
Andrew Stroud, Esher