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Sittingbourne regeneration: Work on new Light Cinema, Travelodge and restaurants underway

By Chloe Holmwood

Work on a new leisure quarter is well underway.

Contractors started the work for this part of Sittingbourne's multi-million pound regeneration at the end of November, laying the foundations for the construction of an eight-screen Light Cinema, a 63-bed Travelodge hotel and big-name restaurants such as Nando's and Pizza Express.

Work on the leisure quarter is expected to be completed in November/December this year, with the opening set for early 2020.

Speaking about the scheme Darren Chapman, senior contracts manager for PDR Construction, said: “It’s a major plus for the local community, they’ve got a nice new cinema coming, lots of eateries and a new hotel, so we see it fitting in very well with The Forum and the local community.”

Work on Sittingbourne's new leisure quarter is well underway. Picture: Andy Jones
Work on Sittingbourne's new leisure quarter is well underway. Picture: Andy Jones

Mr Chapman said the firm was proud to be delivering such a scheme for the town and its people.

“They’ve got a major flagship scheme here, in a flagship position – dead opposite the station, in the middle of the town – and what a great opportunity,” he said.

Work on the leisure quarter started after the new road layout outside Sittingbourne Railway Station was finished in November.

Council leader Andrew Bowles, Amber Bell, Peter Booth, Mike Cosgrove and Emma Wiggins on the site of the new leisure quarter. Picture: Andy Jones
Council leader Andrew Bowles, Amber Bell, Peter Booth, Mike Cosgrove and Emma Wiggins on the site of the new leisure quarter. Picture: Andy Jones

Once complete, the £57 million regeneration scheme is expected to attract up to 400,000 visitors to the town a year.

To find out more, visit www.spiritofsittingbourne.com

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