Councillors and campaigners welcoming the hoarding removal at Princes Parade Photo: FHDC

The process of removing hoarding panels surrounding the council-owned Princes Parade site in Hythe has begun.

A 1.2m perimeter fence, necessary to restrict access to an area where there is known contamination, will be installed in its place during the works, which are expected to take up to eight weeks to complete.

It would be an understatement to say I’m pleased we’ve got to the stage where the hoarding can be removed

Folkestone and Hythe Council Leader Cllr Jim Martin

Preparatory tasks were completed this week. It is the latest significant step for the site ahead of a public consultation about its future later this year. Work has been organised in consultation with ecologists to ensure badger setts and other wildlife habitats are safeguarded, while the necessary approvals have been sought by Historic England.

Folkestone and Hythe Council Leader Cllr Jim Martin said:

“Since they were first erected in July 2022, the panels have spoiled the panoramic views for residents and visitors, as well as attracting graffiti and vandalism.

“It’s great that these panels can be put to much better use at Otterpool Park, where they will be reused to secure currently vacant buildings.”

Last week councillors and campaigners met contractors on site to discuss the latest developments. The footpath south of The Sea View Bridge will need to be closed when necessary, to allow the work to be completed.

Local signage is in place for more information.

By Ed

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