The Grade II Pavilion is currently derelict, having suffered years of neglect since it fell into disuse in 2010. Planning permission was granted in April 2015 to build 68 flats to surround the Pavilion. As a response to local community concerns the Friends of the Leas Pavilion (FLP) was formed in April 2015 to try to bring the building back into sustainable use as a community hub as part of the regeneration of Folkestone. Our intention is to gain ownership/control of the building through liaison with the current owners to obtain a 100 year lease.
Stage One is for start-up funding to allow the project to go forward and apply for a Heritage Enterprise Grant. We have applied for a Start Up Grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund but this has a £10k cap and we need a bit more funding to get things done. This includes:
- To fund mentoring/training for those involved in the project to enable us to lead and deliver, and make informed decisions.
- Legal fees for lease negotiations with the owner.
- Detailed surveys to firm up on the capital requirements of the project.
- To establish FLP as a Community Benefit Society in order to engage the community.
- Business planning to firm up on the revenue needs of the project post-completion.
The start-up project will enable us to research and develop detailed plans for restoration and ongoing conservation management. Restoration will allow the Pavilion to play a part in the ongoing regeneration of Folkestone and become not only an asset to the community but also a visitor attraction. When the project is completed the building will have multiple uses for the local community, opening up the heritage to the maximum number of people. Our aim is to manage the restoration project and plan for the future heritage maintenance and economic viability of the Pavilion.
Everyone who pledges will get first refusal to purchase community shares and a huge thank you. Remember, if we don't reach our Crowdfunding target, then your pledges won't be processed and you won't receive your rewards so please promote this project to friends/family/the world!