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Gone, Gone, Going?

March 6, 2019 4:26 PM
By Peter Dobbs

Ashbourne Memorial Park with its children's play area, once boasted two shelters and some rather convenient conveniences to provide a solution to the problems of inclement weather or being caught short. Now only one of these remains and that has been closed. Two have been reduced to bare concrete plinths , and the conveniences locked and bolted.

There is only one building left to shelter from the rain and that will not provide protection for much longer unless some long overdue repairs are carried out. The all too familiar pattern of 'care' for the assets of Ashbourne entrusted to the Derbyshire Dales District Council - NEGLECT, REJECT, DEMOLISH - seems to have resulted in the Bandstand looking a sorry mess. Having failed to replace the roofing felt in a timely manner, the timbers underneath are now rotting through , with several holes perforating the roof.

Despite the dismal state of this building there appears to be no sense of urgency in the approach of council officials. Listed only as a potential future liability in the District Council's spending plan for every year since 2017 (and then associated with a sum of money almost certainly inadequate for the neceassary repair), officers seem happy to wait for a future report on the condition of all similar council maintained assets. With a deadline for completed repair to an acceptable condition of April 2021! It seems very unlikely that the roof will last that long!

Toilets in Memorial Gardens Ashbourne (closed)

The locked loos

Base of demolished shelter by courts in Ashbourne Park (Peter Dobbs)

A wooden shelter stood here

Base where demolished shelter was in Memorial Park Ashbourne (Peter Dobbs)

An ornate shelter stood here

Banstand in Park Ashbourne (Peter Dobbs)

Is the Bandstand the next to go?

Bandstand roof Ashbourne park 2 (Peter Dobbs)

Hole in the roof of Bandstand