Protest over football pitch plan

Contributed by editor on Dec 11, 2005 - 10:11 PM



A protest meeting on Saturday (10 December) has been held over proposals to build on Folkestone's few remaining open football pitches. 

The town already has a sports stadium in Cheriton Road, but councillors have said it is not suitable for the long term and Shepway District Council wants the stadium to be built on the popular public pitches off the town's Cornwallis Avenue.

The Go Folkestone campaign group supports the plan but believes better sites are available, although protesters claim the site is unsuitable.

Saturday's protest was held on the football pitches in Conwallis Avenue in the hope of persuading the council to look at other options. 

Shepway Council claims it has spent five years looking for a suitable site, and the one in Cornwallis Avenue is the only workable option.