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Regeneration

By ZenTony
This regeneration project of the old decayed Folkestone Harbour Station has been an unqualified success. During the First World War millions of soldiers boarded ships from here onwards to France including my grandfather who survived The Somme. As such it became a very emotive project for me and it has a special feeling. The cross channel ferries stopped using the port around 2000 and since then had just been left to decay. The character of the Station has been expertly preserved and now is just a pedestrian approach to the Harbour Arm.

V1 shows the station in a sad state of repair just prior to the regeneration works.


Tags: Photo journalism Regeneration Folkestone Harbour Station

Voters: doverpic, bliba, Robert51 and 28 more

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22 Oct 2020 7:13AM
Great shot of wonderful regeneration project, Dave.
Robert51 12 7 108 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2020 7:34AM
Great shot of this wonderful work they keep trying to stop the decay of Folkestone. I just wonder what effect the flats on the beach will make ?
saltireblue Plus
10 11.2k 68 Norway
22 Oct 2020 8:30AM
Is the Harbour arm still a thriving social area, Tony? It was full of life in the evenings, small bars and eateries. Last time I was there, the station resembled your version, it was before the work began on restoring it.
ZenTony Plus
4 1 1 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2020 9:06AM

Quote:Is the Harbour arm still a thriving social area, Tony? It was full of life in the evenings, small bars and eateries. Last time I was there, the station resembled your version, it was before the work began on restoring it.

Hi Alf, the Harbour Arm is now open and a huge success. It has actually become a destination point and in the summer (pre Covid) was buzzing with cafes, bars, street food and music. It is an absolute triumph. However, there are huge development proposals in the air for the harbour and that will have a huge impact and probably not for the best. Seaside apartments (second homes mostly) for 500k -1m !
saltireblue Plus
10 11.2k 68 Norway
22 Oct 2020 9:17AM

Quote:However, there are huge development proposals in the air for the harbour and that will have a huge impact and probably not for the best. Seaside apartments (second homes mostly) for 500k -1m !

Typical! Money talks - especially when local councils are involved! Bugger the locals, they don't count!
Rant over...Wink

BTW, It's Malc, not AlfSmile
ZenTony Plus
4 1 1 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2020 9:40AM



BTW, It's Malc, not AlfSmile


Ooooops, sorry Malc.
dales Plus
4 11 Australia
22 Oct 2020 1:42PM
Excellent documentation images Tony , wonderful project
Ian
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1740 England
22 Oct 2020 5:01PM
Tony - Useful Information. Malc is exceptionally tall...

And fortunately a very peaceable kind of a chap.

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