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Expressions of Interest sought for art and culture hub

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Local not-for-profit and commercial organisations are being invited to express their interest in running an art, cultural and creative space at 34 High Street in Sittingbourne.

The property - owned by Opportunities for Sittingbourne Ltd, a partnership between Swale Borough Council and U+I Ltd - is available for local organisations to occupy, manage and maintain for up to 20 years.

To express their interest, businesses will need to submit a business plan to the council outlining the desired lease length and annual rent on offer.

The business plan will also need to include the basics - proposed use of the building, opening times and events and activities - alongside the financial projections, marketing proposals and a demonstration of existing collaborations within the community.

The large two-storey building has previously been run as an arts and cultural centre and includes a shop front on the ground floor with offices above and access to an outside decked area and balcony.

There is also a large cellar and parking for eight vehicles to the rear of the property.

Cllr Monique Bonney, cabinet member for economy and property at the council, said:

“We hope that a local organisation will express their interest in running an art, cultural and creative hub for the community.

“The property has been an arts and cultural space for the local community for almost 10 years, and we think it’s important to keep that going.

“We’re excited to see the ideas and inspiration from local organisations that bring out the creative side of the community, provide fun events and empower people to bring their imagination to life.

“We are looking for local organisations that will encourage the arts, cultural, creative and digital enhancement of the town centre.

“The EOI process is open to not-for-profit and commercial organisations until 29 June, and we encourage anyone with an interest to get in touch and submit a business plan.”

For more information about the property and how to submit a tender visit


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