Call for local people to help shape the future of Folkestone Conservation Area

Contributed by editor on Nov 30, 2012 - 04:45 PM

Folkestone’s Old Town could benefit to the tune of £1.3million from a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid and business owners, tenants, residents and stakeholders are being asked for their views and ideas for the area.

A community event is to be held at The Creative Foundation’s Open Space, the former Triennial Visitor Centre, at 3-7 Tontine Street Folkestone on 11 December from 4pm - 8pm.


Drawings and designs will be on display to illustrate the improvement work that could be undertaken to individual buildings and streets and open spaces if HLF funds are secured. The purpose of the meeting will be to gather suggestions and feedback on the proposals from local stakeholders.

In May this year it was announced that a partnership comprising Kent County Council, Shepway District Council and The Creative Foundation had won through the first round of an HLF process to secure funds to renovate or substantially refurbish a range of buildings, including the former Millets building in The Old High Street, as well as improvements to public areas.


Since that time, the partnership team has been developing its proposals further in preparation for a full grant application in 2013.

The project proposes work on properties in the conservation area that ranges from full restoration or refurbishment to more minor works to improve facades.


The area includes The Old High Street, Rendezvous Street, The Bayle, Tontine Street and Payers Park. The buildings proposed for inclusion in the plans have heritage value, and a key objective will be to help create a more attractive destination for local people, visitors and businesses.

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