The Brighton Society campaigned for 30 years for the restoration of the Bandstand. In the city council election year 1997 a local pressure group of Hove residents added their voice, and a new Conservative administration came to office promising to take action where the previous administration had failed. The restoration was duly carried out at a cost of nearly £1M, whereas if the job had been tackled years before, the cost would have only been of the order of £200K.
The surrounding area was also reorganised and refurbished and the mosaic paving abandoned in favour of resin-bonded coloured glass. The bandstand was officially reopened in 2009.
The Greens came to power this year, although without an overall majority, promising to restore and enhance the Valley Gardens area. It will be interesting to see if they can follow through.