Published: Tuesday, 2nd January 2018

Plans by the Royal Borough for a cafe and arts venue, to open next summer, have taken a step forward.

Proposals are being sought from operators to lease and run the refurbished and extended building.

Following consultation with residents in March 2017, the overwhelming view was that the new space should be a community resource and focal point, with art displays and other community events.

The designs will see a new, light-filled, creative and cafe space that will remain in keeping with the Plumstead Common Conservation area.

Funding to convert the unused early 20th century public conveniences and build a new conservatory extension was approved by the Council in December 2017, and now an operator to run the new business is being sought.

Interested operators will need to demonstrate that they have the experience to operate a cafe and have the drive and contacts to engage with local arts and cultural groups, to ensure that a range of events and activities run throughout the year.

It is anticipated that construction works will start in February, with the new cafe set to open in summer 2018.

Find out more information

Local operators are encouraged to find out about this opportunity and should email for more details.

The closing date for proposals is Wednesday 24 January 2018.

'A fantastic facility for local communities'

Cllr Denise Hyland, Leader of the Council, said: "I am very pleased that we are making good creative use of old spaces, such as these unused public toilets. With an extended space and inviting new cafe area, the new cafe will be a fantastic facility for local communities to use."

'A new vibrancy to this cherished conservation area'

Cllr Denise Scott-McDonald, Cabinet Member for Culture, Creative Industries and Community Well-Being, said: "A clear desire from local residents during the consultation was to have a local space for community events, right on their door-step. The new cafe will bring a new vibrancy to this cherished conservation area and I look forward to seeing the first events take place in the summer!"