We use essential cookies to make our site work. We'd also like to set analytics cookies that help us make improvements by measuring how you use the site. These will be set only if you accept.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our cookies page.

Essential Cookies

Essential cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. For example, the selections you make here about which cookies to accept are stored in a cookie.

You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

Analytics Cookies

We'd like to set Google Analytics cookies to help us improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify you.

Third Party Cookies

Third party cookies are ones planted by other websites while using this site. This may occur (for example) where a Twitter or Facebook feed is embedded with a page. Selecting to turn these off will hide such content.

Skip to main content


By Parish Clerk Dymchurch Parish Council

Monday, 27 November 2023


Dymchurch Parish Council Contributor



Hundreds of residents have paid a flying visit to the future exploring the exciting changes planned for Folkestone town centre.

Young and old took to the air on a virtual magic carpet ride, soaring over Middelburg and Bouverie Squares and down to Shellons Street before swooping up Guildhall Street and Sandgate Road.

All flights were courtesy of virtual reality technology and taken without having to set foot outside Bouverie House Business Centre where a public engagement event was held on Friday and Saturday (17 and 18 November 2023).

Back on the ground passengers were invited to view display boards, ask questions and make comments on the second phase of Folkestone – A Brighter Future (FABF), the project funded with government Levelling Up money.

Phase two proposes moving buses from Bouverie Square to stops on Middelburg Square, enabling a range of possible options for the bus station area. These could include a green public square offering a new space for public events in the heart of the town.

Other proposed changes include a new park running alongside Shellons Street, replacing Foresters Way, and a new link between Guildhall Street North and Guildhall Street making it easier to cross the road into town.

Cllr Rich Holgate, Cabinet Member for the District Economy said: “The virtual reality flypast has been a tremendous way of giving residents and visitors a real insight into the proposed changes.

“We were particularly pleased that young people from Folkestone schools were able to join us. Their reactions were inspirational, and they did not hold back in telling us what they wanted to see in the town centre!

“Thank you to everyone who visited the event. We hope it helped give you some insight into what is being planned as well as the opportunity to give us your opinion.”

For those who missed the flypast opportunity – a video version will soon by published on the council website where the display boards can also be viewed and a link to a community survey requesting feedback on phase two .

Feedback from phase two will be considered by the project design team and any alterations and changes published. Changes made after the phase one engagement and can also be viewed on the council website.

Contact Information

Parish Clerk

Find Dymchurch Parish Council

Dymchurch Parish Council, 13 Orgarswick Avenue, Dymchurch, Romney Marsh, Kent, TN29 0NX