How will the development improve the environment for local residents?
We will enliven the Seafront area by introducing places where people can enjoy new amenities and recreation opportunities, by making the most of the site’s proximity to the sea and by optimising both the location and tapping into the rich heritage of the site. We will continue to build on improvements that have already been made, including the fountains, new restaurants, displays of public art, the process of renewal in the Creative Quarter and the opening of the Harbour Arm as a new public promenade with entertainment, bars, cafes and restaurants and great views of the Kent coast. We will also seek to explore how best to improve access between Folkestone Seafront and the rest of the town, working with partners to improve connectivity by providing better transport, road, cycle and public footpath links.
What new leisure and cultural activities will be made available?
The Masterplan includes provision for sports facilities at the Seafront, and temporary amenities have been established in and around the harbour, trialling a range of water-based sports to assess which activities work best in the prevailing conditions. Further cafes and restaurants are planned along the beach, around the harbour and in the old station area, and there are plans for gardens and community spaces along a landscaped promenade or boardwalk that will link the harbour to the existing coastal park.