A new spa hotel, a new picture house and a new home for the popular library could be created over the coming months.
A new boutique hotel, with restaurants and a spa is being developed between the Council and a hotel operator which would open at the Sidcup Manor House. At the same time a new three screen picture house is to be developed on the site of the former Blockbusters store, bringing a local cinema to the town centre. Alongside this the town’s library can be relocated to a modern, purpose built site offering exactly the same services as now, but able to open longer into the evenings so more people can use it.
The cinema and library plans will also help create a new Sidcup cultural strategy developed in partnership with Rose Bruford and Bird Colleges.
Commenting, Cllr Linda Bailey, Conservative Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth, said:
Cllr Peter Craske, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Environment and Leisure, said:
“The building that is home to the library is coming to the end of its natural life. The opportunity to move to a new location, right at the heart of Sidcup, is a fantastic opportunity.
We know from opening the Post Office in Crayford’s library that this has resulted in an 87% increase in footfall to the library and a 21% increase in the number of items being borrowed.”
The Leader of Bexley’s Conservative Council, Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE, added:
“From a shop called Blockbusters to a cinema showing blockbusters, Sidcup is on the up.
With a new spa hotel, a modern library and picture house, we’re really rolling out the red carpet for Sidcup.”