You have no doubt heard the announcement regarding the closure of the Folkestone Debenhams store in early 2020. My thoughts and heart go out to all the staff who work there. They have had to endure a game of corporate monopoly played out in the media creating uncertainty and anxiety about the future of their jobs.
Although it is a while away before the store closes, I just personally hope all those able to find another job, do so. If elected on May 2nd I will do everything in my power to assist the staff.
I have spoken to representatives of the owners of the building and they have informed me they would like the space full. They admit it will no doubt be a challenge, but one they are prepared for. As for being in contact with our Council, they knew nothing about that.
Nobody wishes to see an empty shop on a high street. Folkestone had 50 when I first started my campaign. . Folkestone received a Rising Star Award in the 2015 Great British High Street of the Year Awards – for boosting collaboration across the town. And look where we are now after a 20 years of the Tories in charge.
The building is owned by a charity, the ultimate controller, according to Companies House documents is Sir Weis, – see image above. Another director of that charity is Jacob Adler, a property investor who once owned Leeds United’s Elland Road football ground.
It will take bold thinking to fill the space. A cinema has been mooted by the Council, some have said flats. These are knee jerk reactions. We have time, a breathing space and in that time we need to come up with positive solutions, one which makes Folkestone a town people wish to visit. It cannot and must not all be about the Harbour Arm, Folkestone is bigger than that.
Vote Bryan Rylands
Folkestone Central Ward – May 2nd 2019
I accept postal votes too
Published by Bryan Rylands Flat D Avenay Court Sandgate Rd Folkestone CT20 2LN