What will Aylesham Hub look like and what will it offer?

The final plan will be determined by what local people tell us they want, what’s viable for the plot of land that is made available, and the overall cost. Nothing has been decided yet, which is why it is important as many people as possible share their views with us. This project is about providing a flexible space that can be used for several different purposes.

Does Aylesham really need a social hub? There are already community facilities in the village

Aylesham does have several facilities and we’re not looking to replace or duplicate anything that is already available, but there are some gaps that could be met by a new hub. For example, local people have told us they would like to be able to hire a large space for events or have the room to be able to host a pop-up cinema. Our starting point is what you feel our village needs, so if you haven’t yet completed the survey, you can do that here.

What will it cost to build and who is going to pay for it?

The final cost will be determined by the size and shape of the building, and the fittings and fixtures needed to meet the needs identified through local consultation. We anticipate the building and ongoing costs will be met through a programme of charitable funding, donations, sponsorship and pro bono support, as well as income generation from room hire, for example.

Where can I find more information about the project?

As well as visiting this site, you can follow our Facebook page. You can also email us if you have any questions; please keep in mind we’re all volunteers so while our reply may not be immediate we will get back to you.

How can I get involved?

We are establishing a Community Panel of volunteers. The panel will represent the wider community and help us to share news about the project as well as being an important sounding board for plans and ideas. We’re looking for people with a range of skills who can bring knowledge and experience to the project. We’re especially looking for people with ideas about facilities for families, young people and seniors.

If you would like to find out more about joining the Community Panel, please share your details with us.