Barnstaples former Heritage Centre is set to be marketed in the new year as part of The Strands regeneration. The Queen Annes building could be remodelled as a bar or restaurant as North Devon Council looks to transform the riverside. The councils ambition for The Strand is to create a vibrant and busy leisure space, making the most of the waterfront and historic architecture. Earlier this month, NDCs executive begun the process of tendering out an area of land on the eastern end of The Strand to a third party. Executive member for economic development, Councillor Pat Barker, said if successful, the area of land would be likely to feature a covered seating area. She said: We think The Strand has real potential as a great place to eat, drink, relax and enjoy events in the town and are keen to make better use of its riverside location, especially as developments over at Anchorwood Bank take shape. By exploring ways of making better use of the fish market site next to Tea on the Taw, we hope to make The Strand a more vibrant and attractive place for people to enjoy their leisure time and ultimately spend longer in the town. We will be consulting on this site, and subject to the outcome asking for Expressions of Interest, and our hope is to attract a business that has some ideas to make it a more useable space. Were keen to explore ways of creating a covered seating area that will further develop a café and food culture alongside the river. The Queen Annes building will also be marketed in the new year and we hope there will be interest in turning this into a restaurant, café or bar to add more choice to whats already on offer on The Strand. Barnstaple Town Council currently lease the building from North Devon Council. The town council elected to close the Heritage Centre in March, and will hand back the keys to NDC in January. What would you like to see happen to the Heritage Centre? Vote in our poll above.