It is now known that to make Princes Parade “viable” according to Folkestone & Hythe District Council, the 150 residential properties are not necessary.
F&HDC officers now know that Princes Parade would be “viable” with just the leisure centre, the retail and the hotel.
However, we understand that F&HDC wish to include the 150 homes, so that they can make money for the Council’s coffers. We would suggest, if it becomes necessary to build the Leisure Centre on Princes Parade, that the land for the houses be given over to parkland similar to the Lower Leas Coastal Park.
From sources within the Council itself, and Cllr Malcom Dearden at Full Council tonight (28/11/2018), we now understand that the Princes Parade Business Plan will come before the Cabinet in January 2019 and the outline planning application in Feb 2019.
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Last night I asked Susan Priest, FHDC Head of Paid Service, whether this information is true and today have received from her an email response that says this is completely false information.
GB, It rather begs the question, ‘Where did the information come from and was it a trusted source’. I would hope that Dr. Priest has not fully donned the mantle left by Alistair Stewart and is lieing through her teeth.
150 new homes would not only bring-in 150 x Council tax year on year, it would be granted the government new homes premium of 6 years x equivalent Council tax. A tidy sum for the coffers I feel, mental arithmetic giving a sum of 1.5 – 2 million
I suspect Folkestone & Hythe DC would be reluctant to let such substantial sums slip through their grasp.
Further to this, does anyone chose at which point to guess does any promise of ‘Affordable homes’ evaporate, it usually does.
As a Councillor who was at the meeting when Cllr Monk made this statement I find it unbelievable that Dr Susan Priest Head of Paid Services at Folkestone & Hythe District Council would not be aware of the fact that Cllr Monk stated clearly that Princes Parade would be viable without the houses.
So who is telling the truth? Dr. Priest or Cllr. Monk. One of them is telling lies, mistaken, to be fair, but who has the facts truely represented?