More disruption for shoppers

Contributed by editor on Feb 02, 2005 - 04:14 PM


Shoppers in Folkestone will have to endure more disruption when part of Rendezvous Street will be given a new look as part of town centre improvements.

The facelift to Sandgate Road has finally been completed and the next phase of the Folkestone Streets and Squares improvement programme is due to start on Monday 7 February.

The project will see repaving of the road and pavements in natural materials to enhance the traditional character of area. York stone will be used for pavements and granite setts for the road. Kerbstones, saved from the improvement work in Sandgate Road, will be used to help give Rendezvous Street a more traditional shape. 

“The materials being used for these improvements, which stretch from Old Town Hall Square to the junction with The Old High Street, will vary from those used in Sandgate Road. They will be in keeping with the existing traditional character of this part of the town,� said John Dawson, an architect for Shepway Council.

Existing street light columns will be refurbished and given new lantern-style lights. Bollards and litterbins will also be refurbished.

The work - which is funded by the South East England Development Agency, the European Union Interreg programme and Shepway Council - is expected to take 16 weeks to complete. Although the road will be closed to traffic during some of the work, pedestrian access will not be affected.