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Dear Go Folkestone members,

Several matters of interest this week including a reminder of the exhibition today at the Tower Theatre in North Rd between 2:30pm and 8:00pm about the details of the further large Shorncliffe Barracks development. So, I have blind-copied regular active members. See below for more details.

We still need your artistic friends’ (landscape format) Folkestone (and nearby) photos for the Aspects of Folkestone calendar, to info@gofolkestone.org.uk

Of pleasanter interest you are invited to one of our monthly members’ social meals, which, a couple of times a year, replace the normal monthly meeting on the second Wednesday of every month. For a change this one is at The British Lion PH in The Bayle on Wednesday 8th August at 7:00 for 7:30pm, which is an easy and known venue for good, reasonably priced food. RSVP as the Lion is not a large venue.

The social get-together for the ‘unveiling’ of Sir Jeffery Hudson in Kingsnorth Gardens depends upon his final fixing to the plinth we already have cemented in there. This depends on free skilled labour given and so is ‘to be advised’.

General News:

1.) The opening of Choice Discount in the former Next shop which Go Folkestone, for once scooped Kent OnLine etc a week and a half ago is now confirmed as happening on 9th August with 28 jobs created. Choice Discount are a sort of TK Maxx clearance outlet but for clothes and accessories only, and relatively upmarket. Not that TK Maxx aren’t one of the best brands in Folkestone!

2.) Replanting of ten trees in Langhorne Gardens (there were seven) continues to be promised by the owner of the Clifton Hotel, but clearly this is an Autumn advisory due to the hot weather. PLEASE WATER YOUR OWN STREET TREES, ESPECIALLY YOUNG ONES.

3.) The Radnor Park Donkey Derby has had to be shifted to Saturday 11 August, from 12:30pm. It was originally the 4th August, as in our magazine but the Council had double-booked the park with Circus Vegas. Now it clashes with the Harbour Festival, but you can do both; DONKEY RACE BETTING AND BOOT FAIR.

4.) Planning wise things are quiet but Roger De Haan’s detailed architecture is hoped to be revealed in September for the seafront, for comment.

5.) The former Nat West in Cheriton has a planning application to convert it to a ground floor office, three flats above and five new flats in the car park. Folkestone Town Council and Go Folkestone are opposed to the five new flats in the car park as being too greedy and unrealistically limiting car parking in a busy area. There is no reason to believe that the scheme would not work just as a conversion. Please consider objecting yourself.

6.) Both of the sites we worried at over badgers living there e.g. 33 Earls Avenue and more definitely ‘Opposite 26 Romney Avenue’ are now being investigated properly by the Council.

Yours sincerely

Richard Wallace

PS Taylor Wimpey began acquiring the Ministry of Defence Shorncliffe Garrison site in 2015. Outline planning permission for a residential development of up to 1,200 homes with a nature conservation area, improved recreation facilities and a new primary school on this site was granted by Shepway District Council, now Folkestone and Hythe District Council, in December 2015. Full planning permission for the initial phases of development at St Martin’s Plain and The Stadium was also granted at the same time, and those phases now have a significant number of occupied homes.

Taylor Wimpey also have planning approval for two further phases, which include homes, retail units and a healthcare facility.

Taylor Wimpey are now preparing to submit five reserved matters planning applications to cover the final stages of development. Together these will comprise approximately 700 homes. They will hold a public exhibition to give local people and stakeholders the chance to view and comment upon the proposals. The event will take place from 2.30pm until 8pm on Tuesday 24th July 2018 at The Tower Theatre in North Road, Folkestone, CT20 3HL.

By coming along to the exhibition and providing us with your feedback, you can help to influence the details of the final scheme before Taylor Wimpey submit the planning applications to Folkestone and Hythe District Council towards the end of 2018/early 2019.

Alternatively, you will be able to access our public consultation material online at www.taylorwimpey.com/shorncliffe-information from Tuesday 24th July onwards.

In the meantime, if you do have any questions in advance of the exhibition, please contact shorncliffegarrison@taylorwimpey-pr.co.uk