Tenterden Regeneration Project

Focus Group Update - February 2019

The public consultation revealed that residents felt that the Town Hall was underused and unwelcoming and only served a small proportion of the public. Greater community facilities were required, and this important historic building was seen as a potential central hub for the town. The current foyer is dark and much of the ground floor is taken up by corridors. There is no disabled access to some areas and others are poorly served. On-going maintenance is expensive, insulation is non-existent, the roof leaks regularly and the heating system is antiquated with no thermostatic control.

 

The Town Hall focus group was tasked with examining the viability of the following options:

  1. Demolish the 1930s extension to the rear of the hall and create a new 3-storey extension.
  2. Demolish the 1930s extension and rebuild within the existing curtilage.
  3. Repair and re-order the hall.

 

Budgetary constraints ruled out the first two options, which involved considerable costs relating to site access through the underpass between the Woolpack and the Town Hall.

 

The group has recently produced an architect’s brief in liaison with a local architect/surveyor practice. This practice also ran the tender process and, having no interest in tendering for the work themselves, gave the group sound impartial advice.

 

Fifteen architects tendered for the work and have been set a budget of £1 million. From these submissions the group shortlisted 5 candidates for interview and will make a final selection for recommendation to council shortly.

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15th May 2019 Updates:

Focus Group Update - February 2019

Over several months the focus group has worked with our landscape architects to arrive at the plans displayed here. The designs match with the original brief we were given following the public consultation, in that they present an open view of the recreation ground from the Oaks Road end. They also address the woeful lack of facilities for older children and young adults and the need for netball courts and better tennis facilities.

 

Young people have been heavily involved in submitting design ideas for the skatepark and we will ensure that they are again consulted when the design reaches the fine-tuning stage.

 

In January, we engaged additional professional services to undertake the following tasks:

  1. To compare the relative costings of retaining and re-designing the pavilion to be used as a youth hub and building a smaller kiosk (option 1) and incorporating a youth hub within a larger kiosk building (option 2). An architect was engaged for this purpose.
  2. To provide an independent assessment of pricing for the designs as they stand. A Quantity Surveyor was engaged for this purpose.

 

These tasks are now nearly complete, and we will provide a further update within the next couple of months.

 

The Town Council has, for some time, had concerns about the cost of moving the Bowls Club and our budget for all required works in the town is tight. We have therefore called a further meeting of the focus group (which will happen in March) to consider a redesign which leaves the club in situ.

 

7th November 2018

The latest plans for the Recreation Ground re-ordering were recently displayed at the Town Council's Coffee Morning on 20th October.  To view the two options, please click on the links below.

Landscape Masterplan Option 1 (with Pavilion redesigned)

Landscape Masterplan Option 2 (without Pavilion)

 

19th March 2018 to 14th May 2018

Update from Ground Control – 26th February 2018

We had a meeting with Ashford Borough Council (ABC) last Friday for the pre-application advice and generally received positive feedback on our Spatial Zoning Plan which we have attached for your information.  Ashford Borough Council will come back to us with their written pre-application advice within two weeks which we will provide you with in due course.

Please note this was a pre-application submission to receive ABC’s initial thoughts on our spatial zoning proposal and understand which aspects of the proposed works would require planning permission.  The attached submitted scheme is an outline spatial zoning plan and will be amended and developed to suit with ABC’s and focus group’s feedback and comments prior to formal planning application.

Click here for the spatial plan.

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15th November 2017

Progress Report and Presentation 

Please note that the Focus Group suggested amendments to the plans contained in this presentation.

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14th March 2019

8th February 2019 - A Message from Tenterden Cinema Focus Group: the project enters an exciting new phase

Contrary to rumour, the project is far from dead—quite the opposite, in fact. Tenterden Town Council has commissioned architects Burrell Foley Fischer  (https://bff-architects.com) to prepare a pre-application to Ashford Borough Council for the development of the Pebbles Building at 55 High Street as a two-screen digital cinema with a café bar. 

Burrell Foley Fischer are widely acknowledged as leaders in cinema design and pioneers of a new breed of urban cinema. If you have ever visited the stunning Depot Cinema in Lewes, the Kino in Hawkhurst, the Rio in Dalston or the Newlyn Filmhouse (to name just a few) you will have experienced their work. The Newlyn Filmhouse—also a two-screen cinema with a cafe bar—featured recently in the Guardian Readers top 10 independent cinemas, along with Depot Lewes and Campbeltown Picture House Their cinema designs have won too many awards to list (have a look at the website) - including the 2018 Scottish Heritage ‘Best rescue of a historic building’ award for the Campbeltown Picture House, and the 2018 National LABC Best Public Service Building Award for the Depot. The Campbeltown Picture House is now on the shortlist for the RIBA’s 2019 MacEwen Award. 

The pre-application will clarify any issues that might affect a full planning application. As part of this exercise, Burrell Foley Fischer is preparing a heritage impact assessment and consulting Historic England for guidance about Listed Building Consent for the  conversion of this Grade II building. They are hugely experienced in converting listed buildings, notably turning a Grade I listed structure into the Norwich Cinema City. Burrell Foley Fischer are looking at ways of reducing the impact of the conversion on the historic fabric of the Pebbles Building, and how to make an attractive connections between a foyer and café-bar on the ground floor of the Pebbles Building and the Memorial Garden behind.

We couldn’t be in better professional hands—and the Focus Group is confident that our architects will come up with a scheme that will not only enhance the building and secure its use for future generations as a stunning event destination. 

We expect the pre-application to go in to Ashford Borough Council this month and, when we get their feedback, to move forward to a full Building Feasibility Study, which will result in detailed surveys, design studies, costings and a Business Plan.

A list of FAQs regarding the Cinema can be found here.

Watch this space for more news.....

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There has been no meeting of the Focus Group since September 2017.  Forms are still being collected in from Hireable Spaces in Tenterden and the Town Council's website will be updated in the near future.

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Community Chest update - January 2019

The Community Chest was set aside last year for projects which would benefit, and be supported by, the community as a whole, and was from the sale of council-owned land.  18 applications were received and on 13th August 2018, 10 local organisations were chosen to benefit from the £165,000 Community Chest fund.  The final step in the detailed consultation process was managed by a task group wholly made up of Tenterden residents.

These are the organisations which will be receiving Community Chest funds....

  • The Tuesdays and Ruby Tuesdays - Stage and equipment. £12,000.
  • Tenterden Youth Club - New floor and upgraded toilets. £8,500.
  • Tenterden Social Hub - £19,000 towards a minibus.
  • Tenterden Primary Federation - School computers. £19,500.
  • Tenterden & District Museum – WW1 Centenary exhibition. £19,250.
  • Tenterden Cricket Club - New wickets and drainage. £24,000.
  • Tenterden Amateur Boxing Club - Mezzanine floor. £10,582.
  • St Michaels Village Hall - Kitchen. £24,000.
  • St Michaels and All Angels PCC - Footpath. £8,000.
  • Smallhythe Cricket Club – Clubhouse improvements. £1,750.
  • 2nd Tenterden Scout Group - Site extension/car park. £18,500

THE COMMUNITY CHEST HAS NOW CLOSED, HOWEVER, SHOULD FURTHER FUNDS BE AVAILABLE AFTER THE MAIN REGENERATION PROJECTS ARE COMPLETE, THE COMMUNITY CHEST MAY RE-OPEN.

Background Information

DO YOU HAVE A LOCAL PROJECT THAT NEEDS FUNDING?  £165,000 TENTERDEN COMMUNITY CHEST NOW OPEN FOR BIDS

Tenterden Town Council is inviting residents to put forward ideas on how to spend a Community Chest of £165,000 on local projects.

The money is part of the £3.5 million received from the developers of new housing estates in the town. While most of that is earmarked for major capital projects, such as the redesign and improvements to the Recreation Ground, investigating the feasibility of a local cinema and restoring the Town Hall, the council is asking for help on how to spend the rest on smaller projects.

The key condition for making grants from the Community Chest is that projects should be of benefit to the whole community.

The Community Chest initiative - which is rare for a local authority of Tenterden's size - was officially launched at a public meeting in the Town Hall on Wednesday, 17 January at 7.00 pm.  

Representatives of projects seeking funding can download an: 

Says Tenterden Mayor Justin Nelson: "This is an exceptional opportunity for groups in the town to access funding. It is all part of our strategy for utilising the funds received from local housing developers as wisely, and widely, as possible."

The Council is also asking for volunteers to join the Task Group which will ultimately evaluate and decide on applications for funding. The majority of the Task Group will be residents, supported by members of the council.

The Public Consultation

Following a competitive tender process, Lipton Group (a trading name of Leslie Lipton Ltd) was hired as an independent consultation specialist to ascertain the communities hopes, dreams and fears for how the Tent1 money should be spent. The original remit was extended as the consultation began as it became clear the community wanted to discuss other things.

Having monitored the process, the council has accepted the attached final report in that they believe it has been professionally and independently created, and does represent the views of the community as collected over three months and through face to face and digital means. The council also accepts the suggestions and recommendations made by the consultants as being logical assumptions that have been tested in front of the community.

However, it should be understood that acceptance of the report does not necessarily imply the council shares all the views or will follow all recommendations. The final decision and responsibility for controlling expenditure remains with the council.

The report’s findings will kick-start a number of exciting projects and inform future priorities for the town.

The Results

New and improved facilities are on the way. The Town Council will spend in excess of £3 million on a range of projects which will play a big role in the town’s regeneration. This will be supplemented by outside grant funding and targeted funds (Section 106) from developers of housing schemes around the town.

The first project to be tackled will be the re-ordering of Tenterden recreation ground and provision of a skate park and additional facilities on the land.

The scope of the report extends to extra projects outside the council’s remit, and therefore information will be shared with the Leisure Centre, St Mildred’s Church and other partners in order to collaborate to maximise additional external grant funding and give a cohesive approach to projects within the town. 

The full report from the Lipton Group and supporting demographic information is available here.

Town Clerk Phil Burgess said: “This is a great opportunity for the Town Council to undertake projects, safe in the knowledge that we have the full support from the local community. Thank you to everyone involved in the process so far for their hard work and effort on behalf of the town. We urge residents to set aside some time to read the report and find out more details about the new and improved facilities that are on the table. There are exciting times ahead for the town.”

Tenterden Regeneration – the Next Steps - March 2017

We need residents to come forward and take part in the next stage of the process.

Following the comprehensive consultation report from Liptons, the Town Council is keen to maintain impetus and ensure that the projects move forward.

Focus Groups will be set up for the following projects

  • Recreation ground reordering and youth hub
  • Town Hall repairs, possible extension and possible community hub
  • Cinema proposal
  • Outdoor pitches / football hub
  • Community halls and virtual hub

The focus groups will have between 6 and 10 members with 1 or 2 councillors taking part. The remaining members will be selected by the council from the applicants. A broad range of opinions, ages and interests will be sought among focus group members and we would encourage residents to apply.

Our deadline is 30th April - If you would like to be involved in a focus group please contact the Town Council stating your contact details, age, the particular focus group and reason for your interest. townhall@tenterdentowncouncil.gov.uk or Tenterden Town Council, The Town Hall, 24 High Street, Tenterden Kent TN30 6AN.

If you know someone who you feel would be suited to take this role, please encourage them to apply.

At the same time the Council will appoint a design team to work alongside and liaise with the focus groups.