Our Town, Our voice matters

Folkestone Town Centre regeneration planning

Folkestone and District Council has announced the appointment of We Made That – a consultancy firm which has been commissioned to engage with stakeholders in the development of the plans for the revival of Folkestone Town Centre, at a cost of over £80k.

This is a significant moment for our town – with a coherent approach to CoVid19 recovery urgently needed to take our community forward with confidence.

Cllr David Wimble, Cabinet Member for the District Economy for Folkestone & Hythe District Council, said:

“Although we’re at an early stage the ambition of this Place Plan is very exciting.
Folkestone is brimming with potential and we will do our bit to make sure that we are proactively engaging and using our influence to create a town fit for an extraordinary community that surrounds it.”

AFRA and our member organisations have registered an interest in being involved – as have a number of other groups and individuals.
We’ve heard nothing back so far, so cannot really comment on the consultation approach – as there hasn’t really been any consultation yet.

Given that the contract runs for 6 months from 7 December 2020 to the end of May and will presumably finish with a report in early June it is surprising that so little has been heard in the public domain of this major initiative.

As of today, the Folkestone Town Council website had no information about this key programme .
The District website has no further information to offer.

Watch this space.

White Paper consultation on planning

For those interested in the levers and mechanisms governing development, there are links provided here fo the white paper Changes to the Current Planning System consultation, which closed recently.
The key information on proposals are contained a further second stage consultation on the Planning for the Future white paper and its consultation, which closes at 11.45pm on 29 October. 


As these matters affect our lives and our environment for generations to come, we hope this information will be useful and that some of our readers will respond with their views on these proposed changes.

First thoughts!

AFRA was born from a simple concept: we want to make a difference by working together.

Who are we? We started meeting as a group of Residents Associations representing communities in and around the Folkestone & Hythe District. Over time, some additional members have joined the group, reflecting a common set of interests.

Will it make a difference? We hope so.

In place of the very justifiable expressions of frustration that we all get involved in from time to time, AFRA is all about working together to come up with positive ideas, solutions and suggestions for making Folkestone and Hythe a better place to live and work.

If we don’t make constructive suggestions, then we can’t complain if things don’t get any better.

And one thing that the CoVid19 virus has shown all of us: we are all in this together.