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Folkestone state-of-the-art sports centre and skate park given go-ahead

CGI of the Folkestone Skate Park

CGI of the Folkestone Skate Park

A new six-storey sports centre and skate park by the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust has been approved by planning councillors.

The high-tech urban sports park will be the first of its kind in the world and is to be built at the junction of Tontine Street and Dover Road, on the former bingo hall site.

At the planning meeting Shepway development control councillors unanimously praised the £6 million project, organised by the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust and designed by Guy Hollaway Architects.

Comments from the meeting included Cllr David Monk saying it would be a “unique world class venue”; Cllr Richard Pascoe believing that the centre will attract young people from across the UK and possibly the world; and Cllr Philip Martin saying it was a “magnificent project.”

The facility, which is hoped to be open for the 2017 Folkestone Triennial, will be home to urban sports such as BMX cycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, a climbing wall over three floors and will also be the new home for Folkestone Boxing Club.

The project has already attracted a national and international following with even tweets from American rapper MC Hammer.
 

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