Planning work on possible uses for the new arts and community building at the Horsebridge in Whitstable has begun in earnest with the appointment of a Facilities Co-ordinator by Canterbury City Council.

William Forrest, who lives in Whitstable and has a background in arts management, will be working with local individuals and groups and the new Board of Trustees in the coming months to produce a programme of events and activities for the whole town. The new building will be opening in late 2003.

There is space for visual art displays, workshops and community classes, a gallery, a café, education and technology rooms and performance space. …

William said: "We're keen to make sure the new arts and community centre is accessible to as many local people as possible. It has the potential to be the cornerstone of the community, but only if the activities and events on offer are what residents want."

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