Preliminary work carried out in 2021

More clearance work at the controversial Folkestone and Hythe Council’s Princes Parade development is taking place this week.

The council explained that the latest phase – mainly grass cutting and the removal of large shrubs – has been deliberately scheduled outside the key ecology calendar to help protect birds and other wildlife.

It’s reported it will take up to four weeks to complete the work, which will be overseen by ‘suitably qualified ecologists’.

Woody shrubs will be chipped and removed from the site but grass root structures will remain until later in the year.

The council claims the Princes Parade scheme is ‘transforming a former municipal waste tip into an accessible area that can be enjoyed by all’ although many local people are continuing their battle to stop the development.

Following a discussion by councillors, the General Fund Medium Term Capital Programme was approved on Thursday (10 February). This means the funding required to proceed with the project is available.

Visit folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/princesparade for more information.

By Ed

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