Police and Royal British Legion welcome area board grant of £5,000

Brian Mitchell and ensign standard bearer Philip Stevens with graffiti at Trowbridge Bandstand before the Remembrance service last year

Brian Mitchell and ensign standard bearer Philip Stevens with graffiti at Trowbridge Bandstand before the Remembrance service last year

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Fencing is to be put at the front of the bandstand in Trowbridge Park in a bid to halt vandalism there.

The work is being funded by a Trowbridge Area Board grant of £5,000, proposed by its chairman Trowbridge Town and Wiltshire Councillor Graham Payne, to prevent graffiti and have repairs done.

Trowbridge Town Council is overseeing the work and plan to increase the frequency of live entertainment being showcased on the bandstand’s stage when its finished.

In November, swastika graffiti was drawn on the bandstand, which was not removed in time for the Remembrance Sunday commemorations. While last week, a group of five teenagers where made to clean it after being caught throwing paint around the bandstand and its pathways.

Cllr Payne said: “I’m pleased that the area board approved the grant as the bandstand needs to be protected. People have been very upset with the graffiti, especially the swastika on display on Armistice Day, and I hope this will bring it to an end.”

The fencing is expected to be in place next month with the bandstand also getting repainted and cellar repair work being carried out.

Bill Austin, the town council’s head of direct services, said: “The better the bandstand looks the more people are likely to want to use it which will benefit the community.”

The improvements have also been welcomed by Trowbridge’s Royal British Legion and Wiltshire Police.

Brian Mitchell, of Trowbridge Royal British Legion, said: “I think the work is fantastic and I hope the town council put their back into the project as the bandstand is hugely important to the town and the events it stages during the year.”

Inspector Lisette Harvey, based at Trowbridge Police Station, said: “This is welcome news as it will prevent further damage and break down that perception that the park isn’t a place that people should go to.

“As I know the town council has worked hard, in recent months, installing new lighting to make the park more attractive for visitors.”

Last July, the town council took Trowbridge Park over from Wiltshire Council.

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10:32am Tue 21 Jan 14

Blanche Terraine says...

Fences are simply an obstacle. They deter some and challenge others. The fence round the war memorial has not kept everyone out, and it is an eyesore which we must all endure. Years ago a roofed wooden seat, a bit like a posh hut, near to the tennis courts, was burned down. Fencing won't solve the problem. A couple of park wardens might be a better idea.
Fences are simply an obstacle. They deter some and challenge others. The fence round the war memorial has not kept everyone out, and it is an eyesore which we must all endure. Years ago a roofed wooden seat, a bit like a posh hut, near to the tennis courts, was burned down. Fencing won't solve the problem. A couple of park wardens might be a better idea. Blanche Terraine
  • Score: 5

11:07am Tue 21 Jan 14

bonniecat61 says...

I think what we are forgetting here is that the young people of Trowbridge have nowhere where they can meet up with friends to just hang out and chat in the dry and where it doesn't involve them having to pay out a fortune.
don't demonise all our teenagers, I know that a lot of them were unhappy about the swastikas on the bandstand.
some of the adult behaviour in the park leave a lot to be desired also, with intimidating behaviour insults and cans being thrown at passers by (including at teenagers).
Instead of a second cinema what about a bowling alley with pool tables and an american style diner/ snack /shake bar with plenty of meet up space?
I think what we are forgetting here is that the young people of Trowbridge have nowhere where they can meet up with friends to just hang out and chat in the dry and where it doesn't involve them having to pay out a fortune. don't demonise all our teenagers, I know that a lot of them were unhappy about the swastikas on the bandstand. some of the adult behaviour in the park leave a lot to be desired also, with intimidating behaviour insults and cans being thrown at passers by (including at teenagers). Instead of a second cinema what about a bowling alley with pool tables and an american style diner/ snack /shake bar with plenty of meet up space? bonniecat61
  • Score: 4

12:24pm Tue 21 Jan 14

The.Central.Scrutinizer says...

bonniecat61 said
I think what we are forgetting here is that the young people of Trowbridge have nowhere where they can meet up with friends to just hang out and chat in the dry and where it doesn't involve them having to pay out a fortune.

Who is we?
There are enough dry days for youngsters to meet and chat.
bonniecat61 said I think what we are forgetting here is that the young people of Trowbridge have nowhere where they can meet up with friends to just hang out and chat in the dry and where it doesn't involve them having to pay out a fortune. Who is we? There are enough dry days for youngsters to meet and chat. The.Central.Scrutinizer
  • Score: -5

12:45pm Tue 21 Jan 14

€d says...

bonniecat61 wrote:
I think what we are forgetting here is that the young people of Trowbridge have nowhere where they can meet up with friends to just hang out and chat in the dry and where it doesn't involve them having to pay out a fortune.
don't demonise all our teenagers, I know that a lot of them were unhappy about the swastikas on the bandstand.
some of the adult behaviour in the park leave a lot to be desired also, with intimidating behaviour insults and cans being thrown at passers by (including at teenagers).
Instead of a second cinema what about a bowling alley with pool tables and an american style diner/ snack /shake bar with plenty of meet up space?
No-one would mind them meeting there. It's the mindless damage they cause when they are there.

I get fed up of hearing they have nothing to do. I grew up in a town with far less facilities but didn't go around causing damage.
[quote][p][bold]bonniecat61[/bold] wrote: I think what we are forgetting here is that the young people of Trowbridge have nowhere where they can meet up with friends to just hang out and chat in the dry and where it doesn't involve them having to pay out a fortune. don't demonise all our teenagers, I know that a lot of them were unhappy about the swastikas on the bandstand. some of the adult behaviour in the park leave a lot to be desired also, with intimidating behaviour insults and cans being thrown at passers by (including at teenagers). Instead of a second cinema what about a bowling alley with pool tables and an american style diner/ snack /shake bar with plenty of meet up space?[/p][/quote]No-one would mind them meeting there. It's the mindless damage they cause when they are there. I get fed up of hearing they have nothing to do. I grew up in a town with far less facilities but didn't go around causing damage. €d
  • Score: 16

12:47pm Tue 21 Jan 14

bonniecat61 says...

We as in those who tar all teenagers with the same brush, and those who think all the storms/ floods must be a figment of our imaginations!
We as in those who tar all teenagers with the same brush, and those who think all the storms/ floods must be a figment of our imaginations! bonniecat61
  • Score: 1

10:13pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

"Instead of a second cinema what about a bowling alley with pool tables and an american style diner/ snack /shake bar with plenty of meet up space?"

Your youth-centric suggestions overlook the fact that the "youth" are not the only ones living in this town. And why the hell should any possible diner have to be an american style one?
"Instead of a second cinema what about a bowling alley with pool tables and an american style diner/ snack /shake bar with plenty of meet up space?" Your youth-centric suggestions overlook the fact that the "youth" are not the only ones living in this town. And why the hell should any possible diner have to be an american style one? Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 3

9:28am Wed 22 Jan 14

frankie007 says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
"Instead of a second cinema what about a bowling alley with pool tables and an american style diner/ snack /shake bar with plenty of meet up space?"

Your youth-centric suggestions overlook the fact that the "youth" are not the only ones living in this town. And why the hell should any possible diner have to be an american style one?
Because a "diner" is an American style eating place, as opposed to a café, carvery or a restaurant?
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: "Instead of a second cinema what about a bowling alley with pool tables and an american style diner/ snack /shake bar with plenty of meet up space?" Your youth-centric suggestions overlook the fact that the "youth" are not the only ones living in this town. And why the hell should any possible diner have to be an american style one?[/p][/quote]Because a "diner" is an American style eating place, as opposed to a café, carvery or a restaurant? frankie007
  • Score: -2

10:32am Wed 22 Jan 14

beetawix says...

frankie007 explained
Because a "diner" is an American style eating place, as opposed to a café, carvery or a restaurant?

So why was it necessary to add American style as a description to diner?k
frankie007 explained Because a "diner" is an American style eating place, as opposed to a café, carvery or a restaurant? So why was it necessary to add American style as a description to diner?k beetawix
  • Score: 5

10:38am Wed 22 Jan 14

beetawix says...

I understood that the park was covered by cctv. Together with a police station just yards away I would have thought that was sufficient weaponry to catch or identify the baddies without putting up an ugly fence.
I understood that the park was covered by cctv. Together with a police station just yards away I would have thought that was sufficient weaponry to catch or identify the baddies without putting up an ugly fence. beetawix
  • Score: 7

4:12pm Wed 22 Jan 14

frankie007 says...

beetawix wrote:
frankie007 explained
Because a "diner" is an American style eating place, as opposed to a café, carvery or a restaurant?

So why was it necessary to add American style as a description to diner?k
Possibly for the benefit of those like Mrs Donnyfly who don't know what a "diner" is?
[quote][p][bold]beetawix[/bold] wrote: frankie007 explained Because a "diner" is an American style eating place, as opposed to a café, carvery or a restaurant? So why was it necessary to add American style as a description to diner?k[/p][/quote]Possibly for the benefit of those like Mrs Donnyfly who don't know what a "diner" is? frankie007
  • Score: 0

5:25pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

"Possibly for the benefit of those like Mrs Donnyfly who don't know what a "diner" is?"

Frankie, as you are someone who knows what they are talking about when it comes to diners, you must be aware that the diner is also a feature of Canadian roadsides.
"Possibly for the benefit of those like Mrs Donnyfly who don't know what a "diner" is?" Frankie, as you are someone who knows what they are talking about when it comes to diners, you must be aware that the diner is also a feature of Canadian roadsides. Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: -1

5:30pm Wed 22 Jan 14

frankie007 says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
"Possibly for the benefit of those like Mrs Donnyfly who don't know what a "diner" is?"

Frankie, as you are someone who knows what they are talking about when it comes to diners, you must be aware that the diner is also a feature of Canadian roadsides.
I always regard them as Americans.
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: "Possibly for the benefit of those like Mrs Donnyfly who don't know what a "diner" is?" Frankie, as you are someone who knows what they are talking about when it comes to diners, you must be aware that the diner is also a feature of Canadian roadsides.[/p][/quote]I always regard them as Americans. frankie007
  • Score: -4

9:58am Thu 23 Jan 14

bonniecat61 says...

Just thought that a diner would be in keeping with a bowling alley something which is much more common as a family entertainment venue in America than here in the UK. I was a teenager in Malta where a lot of American families were based due to the men working on the oil rigs, It was a great place to meet with friends have a coffee/ snack and a game of ten pin bowling there were organised competitions and a great family atmosphere and teens were able to make up teams compete and have fun.
Just thought that a diner would be in keeping with a bowling alley something which is much more common as a family entertainment venue in America than here in the UK. I was a teenager in Malta where a lot of American families were based due to the men working on the oil rigs, It was a great place to meet with friends have a coffee/ snack and a game of ten pin bowling there were organised competitions and a great family atmosphere and teens were able to make up teams compete and have fun. bonniecat61
  • Score: 4

10:44am Thu 23 Jan 14

Blanche Terraine says...

Obviously the solution is to demolish the bandstand and replace it with a bowling alley and diner. Then we wouldn't need a protective fence and the kids would be happy. Why didn't the Town Council think of that?
Obviously the solution is to demolish the bandstand and replace it with a bowling alley and diner. Then we wouldn't need a protective fence and the kids would be happy. Why didn't the Town Council think of that? Blanche Terraine
  • Score: -3

11:05am Thu 23 Jan 14

bonniecat61 says...

Yes then we could go ahead with the unnessary (but no doubt lucrative) second cinema!
Yes then we could go ahead with the unnessary (but no doubt lucrative) second cinema! bonniecat61
  • Score: -1

11:16am Thu 23 Jan 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Is there a word for bowling alley obsession?
Is there a word for bowling alley obsession? Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 3

11:25am Thu 23 Jan 14

frankie007 says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
Is there a word for bowling alley obsession?
I think there's 3, and you found them.
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: Is there a word for bowling alley obsession?[/p][/quote]I think there's 3, and you found them. frankie007
  • Score: 2

11:34am Thu 23 Jan 14

bonniecat61 says...

Happy to listen to other (sensible) solutions, or we could all just moan about young people of today as usual.
Happy to listen to other (sensible) solutions, or we could all just moan about young people of today as usual. bonniecat61
  • Score: 1

11:44am Thu 23 Jan 14

frankie007 says...

This myth that there's nothing for them to do, has been trotted out by generation after generation of half witted liberals.

Fact; there are things for them to do. What do you think the other 99% of kids do?

Fact; a small minority CHOOSE to go out get drunk/high a go around causing damage. It's a conscious choice, Just like the small minority of adults who do the same thing.

There's tw@s in every age group. It's got nothing to do with the lack of a bowling alley or diner.
This myth that there's nothing for them to do, has been trotted out by generation after generation of half witted liberals. Fact; there are things for them to do. What do you think the other 99% of kids do? Fact; a small minority CHOOSE to go out get drunk/high a go around causing damage. It's a conscious choice, Just like the small minority of adults who do the same thing. There's tw@s in every age group. It's got nothing to do with the lack of a bowling alley or diner. frankie007
  • Score: 11

11:56am Thu 23 Jan 14

bonniecat61 says...

True and not all teenagers in the park cause damage/ get drunk/get high so shouldn't all be penalised, that would be like closing all the towns pubs because some adults get drunk! by the way I would rather eat my eyeballs than vote liberal!
True and not all teenagers in the park cause damage/ get drunk/get high so shouldn't all be penalised, that would be like closing all the towns pubs because some adults get drunk! by the way I would rather eat my eyeballs than vote liberal! bonniecat61
  • Score: 1

1:23pm Thu 23 Jan 14

beetawix says...

frankie007 wrote:
Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
Is there a word for bowling alley obsession?
I think there's 3, and you found them.
pinfatuation
[quote][p][bold]frankie007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: Is there a word for bowling alley obsession?[/p][/quote]I think there's 3, and you found them.[/p][/quote]pinfatuation beetawix
  • Score: 6

3:10pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Garden1 says...

bonniecat61 wrote:
True and not all teenagers in the park cause damage/ get drunk/get high so shouldn't all be penalised, that would be like closing all the towns pubs because some adults get drunk! by the way I would rather eat my eyeballs than vote liberal!
Someone after my own heart !
I too would rather eat eyeballs so perhaps the way forward for us would be to champion the installation of an Arabic style Kasbah rather than an American/Canadian style Diner. Another first for Trowbridge.
[quote][p][bold]bonniecat61[/bold] wrote: True and not all teenagers in the park cause damage/ get drunk/get high so shouldn't all be penalised, that would be like closing all the towns pubs because some adults get drunk! by the way I would rather eat my eyeballs than vote liberal![/p][/quote]Someone after my own heart ! I too would rather eat eyeballs so perhaps the way forward for us would be to champion the installation of an Arabic style Kasbah rather than an American/Canadian style Diner. Another first for Trowbridge. Garden1
  • Score: 1

2:27pm Fri 24 Jan 14

beetawix says...

Garden1 claimed that bonniecat61 is someone after their own heart despite the fundamental difference between considering the eating of unspecified eyeballs with apparent relish and the eating of one's own eyeballs as the lesser of two evils with ensuing blindness.
Garden1 claimed that bonniecat61 is someone after their own heart despite the fundamental difference between considering the eating of unspecified eyeballs with apparent relish and the eating of one's own eyeballs as the lesser of two evils with ensuing blindness. beetawix
  • Score: 0

6:44pm Sun 26 Jan 14

OnlySaneOneLeft says...

Here's an radical, out of the box idea...why don't the council USE the bandstand for it's intended purpose? Over the weekends let local bands use it, at present it's a wasted space. It's only used 3-4 Times a year, they could even just knock it down and out a youth centre there. As for comments about kids having no where to meet up that is cheap and dry...I'm fairly certain most of them have homes filled to the rafters with Play stations, TVs, maybe even books. I was never so bored that I needed to go and destroy something. If everyone in this town realised the reason we don't get nice things is because it's ripped apart in a few weeks things might start to change!
Here's an radical, out of the box idea...why don't the council USE the bandstand for it's intended purpose? Over the weekends let local bands use it, at present it's a wasted space. It's only used 3-4 Times a year, they could even just knock it down and out a youth centre there. As for comments about kids having no where to meet up that is cheap and dry...I'm fairly certain most of them have homes filled to the rafters with Play stations, TVs, maybe even books. I was never so bored that I needed to go and destroy something. If everyone in this town realised the reason we don't get nice things is because it's ripped apart in a few weeks things might start to change! OnlySaneOneLeft
  • Score: 1

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