Margate Town Deal Project

The aim of our Margate Town Deal project, which is part of the wider Coastal Wellbeing initiative, is to regenerate The Oval Bandstand & Lawns and bring the local community together through events and other social activities. The plans include the construction of a new pavilion to include a community cafe that offers training and employment opportunities, and a multi-purpose community room to be used by local people. There will also be pubic toilet facilities, which is essential for beach users at Walpole Bay and visitors enjoying the popular Viking Coastal Trail.

The GRASS Cliftonville CIC project team intends to build on the existing programme of events that currently take place by engaging with local community partners and service providers. Building the community event programme and diversifying the services on offer is key as this will help to ensure financial stability of the site.

Project Outcomes
  • The iconic bandstand & lawns will become a focal point for local people and visitors to this stretch of the coast.
  • The project will create genuine opportunities for people from the surrounding area to enhance their skills or education through community based activities.
  • By offering a welcoming space where people can meet and socialise, the bandstand & lawns will create stronger bonds between residents, building resilience and cohesion within the community.
Next Steps

The Coastal Wellbeing business case which includes The Oval Bandstand & Lawns, the Walpole Lift, the Skatepark at the Little Oasis site, and various projects at the Walpole Bay Tidal Pool, has been submitted (26th April, 2022) to the government’s Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, taking Margate a big step closer to unlocking £22.2m of Towns Fund investment for the town.

It is expected that the government  will take approximately two months to review the Business Case Summary Documents. If successful, each project will continue to develop through the relevant design, planning and procurement processes. Depending on the funding timeframe, Margate could start to see further investment after the 2022 summer season.

GRASS Cliftonville CIC has received £25,000 in early development funding from the Margate Town Deal. This is a huge milestone for this project as it means we are now able to appoint an architect to develop the design of the proposed new community building at The Oval Bandstand & Lawns. To have your say on this exciting project for Cliftonville please complete The Oval Pavillion Survey.

For the latest information on the Margate Town Deal please visit Thanet District Council’s website pages HERE.