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Thanet District Council looking to lease the Old Town Hall, Margate

A "decaying" former town hall could become a shop or boutique hotel - as it's put up for rent.

Thanet District Council is looking to lease out Margate's Grade II-listed Old Town Hall in Market Place.

Margate's Old Town Hall is up for rent. Picture: Thanet District Council
Margate's Old Town Hall is up for rent. Picture: Thanet District Council

The authority admits a "significant amount" of renovation work is required to bring the premises up to standard, but says this will be reflected in any lease deal.

It says the two-storey building "would suit conversion to a boutique hotel, business centre or retail unit".

It was built in 1897 and originally used as a police station and magistrates court.

However, it has fallen into disrepair and is in need of significant renovation.

Thanet District Council, which owns the building, had put the hall on a disposal list in 2018, as it hoped to make revenue from it in a lease agreement.

It currently costs the council £13,500 a year in utilities, maintenance and insurance to run the Victorian building.

A campaign to market the building's lease begins today, after TDC's Cabinet decided to put it up for let back in April.

The authority said: "Margate’s Market Place has become a hive of activity in recent years, with boutique shops, cafes, bars and restaurants opening.

"An important part of this regeneration is the restoration and effective use of the Town Hall building as a focal point and landmark in the Old Town."

It adds that the Margate Museum building does not form part of the premises up for let.

The Old Town Hall is being marketed by Oakwood Commercial.

Full and final bids must be received in writing or by email by midday on Tuesday, August 12.

To book a viewing, contact Oakwood on commercial@oakwoodhomes.biz or by calling 01843 222704.

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