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Plans revealed for Isle of Wight arts club

Tue 16 Oct 2012

Plans revealed for Isle of Wight arts club

Tourists on Isle of Wight holidays in the future may be able to attend events at a new arts club that could be set to open on the island.

Plans have been unveiled for the new arts club in Ventnor, which would be located in the former NatWest bank in the town.

According to a report by the Isle of Wight County Press, Bonchurch resident and media and marketing executive Stephan Izatt and his wife, Liz Bonser, an events manager, are the couple behind the plans to open Ventnor Arts Club on the island.

Ventnor Fringe Festival, Isle of Arts and the Isle of Wight Film Festival are among the events that could be held at the club if it got the green light to open.

A planning, design and access statement said: "The club will provide a comfortable, premium environment, unique to Ventnor and possibly the Isle of Wight, where our clientele can enjoy the company of like-minded people involved or keenly interested in the arts and culture."

It is believed that the building's historic features would be retained as a result of the plans, which follow on from the site being used as a venue during this year's Ventnor Fringe Festival.

Ventnor has a growing reputation in the arts world with a number of events taking place in the town every year and it is one of the most popular destinations for those on Isle of Wight holidays.

Tracey Simmonds-Bland, who has a background in the entertainment and hospitality industries, has teamed up with Mr Izatt and Ms Bonser for the proposals.

According to the planning, design and access statement, food and drink would be served at the venue, while members of the public are currently being given the chance to view the plans and offer their views on the proposals for the former bank.

As well as arts, Ventnor has a growing reputation in the food world and the town's famous venue The Hambrough recently retained its Michelin star under chef Robert Thompson.

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