Decision details

Parish of Our Lady & St Josephs

Decision Maker: Ward Member for Broadmead

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Parish Hall - Building a Stronger Community in Central Folkestone

To make the facility fit for purpose for use by the wider community and

address some of the access and safety concerns that were previously

raised by the Council when it was used as a Polling Station.

For consideration of a contribution towards:

a) New signage for the Parish Hall

b) New lighting for the exterior of the Parish Hall and the access to

it from Guildhall Street and from Cheriton Road/Middelburg


c) To refurbish the exterior gate for the side entrance to the Parish

Hall from Guildhall Street

d) To mark out the car park area to enable the maximum use of

available parking for attending events at the Parish Hall



To provide funding of £1000 to the above project.




Reason for decision:

 Extensive research has previously been undertaken including meetings, interviews and discussions with:

116 households, discussions with the Guildhall (North) Residents Association, Rainbow Centre, Social

Services, Citizens Advice Bureau, Shepway Youth Hub, Christchurch Primary School, Stella Maris

Primary School, Kent Police, Shepway District Council (as it was known then), GP surgery - Guildhall

Street, Guildhall Pharmacy, homeless persons, representatives of the residents migrant communities

(Polish, Roma, Romanian), and church parishioners.

The Parish Hall sits within the Central Folkestone Ward. Central and key issues identified were:

• Unemployment

• Low level of qualifications, or none

• Poor levels of accommodation

• Debt

• Poverty

• Crime

• Health- physical and mental

• Loneliness and isolation

• Resident migrants who fit some or all of the above, and inclusion

• Lack of local facilities and local community provision

There was clear evidence of a need for an accessible, affordable, central facility to serve local people,

and organisations serving the community in an informal environment.

From evidence accrued, the priorities of the community have been identified as:

1) Young people (particularly 13-16 yrs, then school leavers to 20 yrs, not in education or


2) Elderly

3) Homeless

4) Resident migrant population


Publication date: 02/03/2021

Date of decision: 02/03/2021

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