Venue: Middelburg Room - Civic Centre Folkestone. View directions
Declarations of interest
Councillor Tim Prater declared a voluntary announcement in that he is a member of Folkestone Town Council, he remained in the meeting for discussions.
To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 12 May 2021.
The minutes of the meeting held on 12 May 2021 were noted.
An email will be sent to members to update on the Strategic Project referred to in minute 4.
Folkestone Town Centre Place Plan
To receive a presentation on the draft plan and proposed actions (background papers attached). Members are asked to provide feedback on the proposals ahead of the Place Plan being considered by Cabinet.
The full draft Place Plan and supporting documents can be reviewed via the web page: https://www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/folkestoneplaceplan
Members were informed that Folkestone Town Council had provided feedback on the draft plan and in general this was seen as positive. They raised a number of points relating to the potential relocation of the bus station , access for all, affordable housing and the consultation process.
Members received a presentation on the draft plan and proposed actions paying particular attention to the following:
The Place Plan is structured by 6 missions which in turn leads to 6 action areas. Each action area will be looked at in detail and the draft plan provided members with a view of how things could look throughout the 6 areas.
Members paid particular attention to:
It was suggested that some members of the working group might benefit from a tour of the areas as the process moves forward and it was agreed that an All Member Briefing would be useful.
A report will be presented to Cabinet in September and they will be asked to identify projects from the action areas to form the basis of a Levelling Up Fund Bid. Once a decision has been made then more detailed design, together with costings and further engagement will begin.
Although the decision is not expected to go to Full Council, they do have the option to refer it, officers will raise this at the request of members.