Broadstairs & St Peter’s Town Council is urging people to explore the facilities at the Retort House Community Centre.
The venue, within Albion Street car park, was purchased by the town council alongside Pierremont Hall in 2018.
After many challenges, Retort House has recently undergone a full restoration to create facilities for both community and commercial use. The project has been helped by a Capital Sports Grant of £6000 from Kent County Council.
A spokesperson for the venue said: “Following the refurbishment, we have added new changing room facilities with accessible toilets, as well as well as a kitchenette and a large sport hall to make this an alternative option for sports and community organisations as well as private or business events.”
Pierremont Hall and Retort House were listed as community assets in 2014.
In February 2015 authority was granted to Thanet council officers to progress negotiations through the asset disposal process with Broadstairs Town Council as part of their community right to bid.
In 2016 TDC decided to accept the town council’s offer of £190,000 for the hall despite it being valued at £290,000.
The town council also offered £10,000 for Retort House, valued by TDC at £60,000. The acceptance of the bid was in recognition of it being retained for community use.
The Retort building also houses The Escapement Broadstairs which opened last year after being launched by Lewis Hunt and partner Mica Dougan who have run the successful Escapement in Cliftonville since 2017.
Retort House community centre is open Monday to Friday, 8am-10pm.
The venue can be hired for £24 per hour.
For details go to https://retorthouse.co.uk/
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