Thursday, May 25th, 2017
The landscape at Folkestone Seafront is changing rapidly and while many of the large dunes have gone a new feature is taking shape.
The latest addition will be a boardwalk that creates new access to Folkestone Harbour Arm and connects it with the Lower Leas Coastal Park. This new path will connect to the former station, where work to repair and renovate continues, as well as the viaduct, which is currently undergoing works to become a pedestrian walkway. These routes will improve connectivity around the harbour itself and help enhance access between the Coastal Park, the Stade and beach areas, the Creative Quarter and other parts of the town centre, anticipating the wider opportunities that the seafront development will bring.
The current works to raise site levels will continue until the end of June and preparations for the boardwalk are starting at the eastern end of the site near the Coastal Park.
The work is an important step towards the transformation of one of Folkestone’s most iconic sites, which will help redefine the relationship between the town and the sea. Development of Folkestone Seafront has required investment in significant infrastructure, including the creation of sea defences. This has been greatly assisted by a grant of £5 million from the Regional Growth Fund, with support from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, Kent County Council, and Shepway District Council. The case for this investment was built around the provision of new homes, the creation of jobs for the area and the multiplier effect this will have on the local economy. Significant up-front funding is also being provided by Sir Roger De Haan.