Local people are being asked for their ideas on potential uses of the now-vacant south quay shed at Whitstable Harbour.
The aim is to create a mix of indoor and outdoor activities that will be available all-year-round, using the concept of recycled shipping containers placed around a central courtyard overlooking the daily operations of a working harbour.
Possible options could include food outlets, small start-up business units, museum and exhibition areas for educational use and workshops, and a community events space.
The south quay is already home to other leisure activities, including a fish market and restaurant, an artisan market and a community stage, and the redeveloped shed would complement the existing offer.
Whitstable Harbour Board recently submitted a formal planning application for the project, and the statutory planning consultation period has just closed. Now, the board wants to find out what residents think of the initial ideas and hear any new suggestions.
Chairman of Whitstable Harbour Board, Cllr Robert Jones, 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 consultation closes on Sunday 9 September.
Work to empty the south quay shed was completed a few weeks ago. A new, dedicated and secure compound using recycled shipping containers has been created on the west quay. This will now be the home of the fishermen and Whitstable Canoe Club.