Community groups, businesses and individuals keen to rent a riverside building in Sidmouth are invited to pitch ideas to the town council.
The empty Ham utility building, at the northern end of the Ham, in Riverside Road, could be available to rent through Sidmouth Town Council, for ‘community or commercial-based activities’.
Proposals and interest in the building must be emailed to the council by 5pm on Tuesday, November 30.
A Sidmouth Town Council spokesman said: “The council is particularly keen to receive proposals which could assist in helping to promote the town, reflecting the new Visit Sidmouth destination branding and the principles of the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan.
“Our vision is of a Sid Valley that maintains and promotes its rural and coastal beauty and welcoming community and advances its appeal to young and old through providing a diverse economy to support a high quality of life, work and visitor experience.”
The spokesman added: “The council is at this stage, only investigating the possible interest that the building may generate and what groups could achieve in the space available.
“It may, however, initiate discussions with one or more organisations to further explore the expressions of interest with a view to future agreement.”
The former South West Water-owned building has a floor space of 3.9m x 7.5m and is 2.5m to the ceiling inside.
It has one access door. There currently are no windows in the thick-walled building.
The council spokesman said: “Sidmouth Town Council is inviting interested parties, community based or commercial, who may be interested in using the Ham Utility Building – previously owned by South West Water – to submit their expression of interest and proposals to the council.
“Background members of the council have expressed a desire to make use of the former water company utility and storage building, which is alongside the council’s sensory garden at the northern end of the Ham.”
The council criteria against which proposals will be judged includes:
- details of the background of your organisation or business.
- an outline of your proposal, including if it is for a community purpose or commercial use.
- the length of and terms of lease you would like to see offered.
- for commercial activity, the approximate level of rent you would be prepared to pay per annum.
The successful community or commercial project securing the building will:
- promote the well-being of the people and community.
- enhance or preserve the town’s heritage.
- contribute to the viability and vitality of the economy.
- improve the cohesiveness of the community.
- be inclusive of a wide spectrum of beneficiaries.
- contribute towards the community’s cultural life.
- contribute to organisational or environmental sustainability.
- actively contribute to the promotion of Sidmouth in terms of tourism.
- Email your interest to the town clerk by 5pm, on Tuesday, November 30: firstname.lastname@example.org