East Kent College gets £1.6m government grant

East Kent College Broadstairs campus The funding will help build a new creative arts centre

East Kent College has won a £1.6m grant to help build a creative arts centre at its campus in Broadstairs.

The award was announced by the government on Wednesday, in addition to the almost £1.7m of private funding the college has secured.

Principal Graham Razey said the new centre would include a theatre, digital media suite and music performance spaces.

MP Laura Sandys said she was "absolutely thrilled" by the news.

Ms Sandys, Conservative MP for South Thanet, said the grant was a "ringing endorsement" of the college and likely to "hugely benefit" students and the wider community.

It is hoped the new centre will open in September next year.

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