Wanted: Your ideas for prominent seaside spot

A computer image of how the area could look

Views are being sought for potential uses of the vacant south quay shed at Whitstable Harbour.

Canterbury City Council is exploring various uses for the site including food outlets, start-up business units, museum and exhibition areas and a community events space.

It says the aim is to create a mix of indoor and outdoor activities available all year round and using recycled shipping containers around a courtyard overlooking the harbour.

The Whitstable Harbour Board recently submitted a formal planning application for the project and the statutory planning consultation period has just closed.

It now wants to find out what residents think of the initial ideas put forward and hear any new suggestions people may have.

A view the area of being considered

Cllr Robert Jones, chairman of the Whitstable Harbour, said: “We’re really excited about the potential of the south quay shed site, should we be successful with the planning application.

“This area of the harbour is our leisure zone and has become so vibrant in recent years.

“While we wait for the planning decision, we want to get residents’ thoughts on what they’d like to see in the former shed. This will allow us to get cracking as soon as possible should we get the green light.”

The south quay is already home to other leisure activities including a fish market and restaurant, an artisan market and a stage for performances. Council chiefs believe their plans for the vacant south quay shed would complement the existing facilities.

Log on to the dedicated page on the council’s website to have your say in the consultation. The closing date for submissions to the council is Sunday, September 9.


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