Euro cash to improve Folkestone shops....22 January 2003

Contributed by localrags on Jan 21, 2003 - 07:44 PM

The organisation set up to underpin partnership links between Folkestone and Boulogne is bidding for £653,525 of European funding to continue the revitalisation of the shopping centres on both sides of the Channel.

If successful, the bid by BOSCO would help fund a project aimed at improving shopping centres in Folkestone and Boulogne.

With matched funding from Shepway Council and its partners, the total value of the project is £1.6 million.

The project would include improvements of public spaces with a £563,000 extension of new paving, lighting and other enhancements into the rest of Guildhall Street and the Sandgate Road precinct.

At the Boulogne and Shepway Co-operation association second annual meeting in Boulogne recently, Cllr Rory Love, Shepway Council Leader, and first President of BOSCO, said it had been a ‘very fruitful’ first year.

One of the highlights had been a successful bid for funding to enable BOSCO to continue its work in both towns. Folkestone and Boulogne were each awarded £38,210 from the European Regional Development Fund.

“ The work we have started on both sides of the Channel will continue with the same enthusiasm and commitment that have always been the hallmarks of the friendship between the two towns,� said Cllr Love, who handed the presidency over to the new mayor of Boulogne, Frederick Cuvillier.

He described the town centres project as exciting and innovative and said the people of Folkestone and visitors to the town would be able to see real benefits from it.

“We want to increase the number of shoppers visiting Folkestone and Boulogne. We aim to do this by continuing to improve the attractiveness of public spaces, improving the way we provide information about each town, improving customer care in shops and providing language skills training both to retail staff and to unemployed people to help them get back into work.�