Opinions are now being sought on Romney Marsh’s proposal to “transform” the coastline.

The project is to create a ‘major seaside tourist destination’ in Littlestone by installing colorful beach huts, boardwalks, restrooms, parking and a kiosk with coffee.

Visualization of proposed improvements to the Romney Marsh shoreline. Image: FHDC

Space for water sports will also be included.

Folkestone and Hythe District Council (FHDC) is behind the project, intended for the existing parking lot on Coast Drive and the beach in front of it.

A consultation is now open, with residents encouraged to submit their views on the proposal.

The documents say, “This transformation project will create a major oceanfront tourist destination for the Romney Marsh in Littlestone, New Romney.

“The project will support the local economy by encouraging new spending from visitors and creating space for new businesses to hire and train people.

Coast Drive parking lot as it is now.  Photo: Google
Coast Drive parking lot as it is now. Photo: Google

“[It will] protect and enhance the environment by using sustainable construction techniques, enhancing and managing the site’s appearance and biodiversity value, and keeping visitors away from more sensitive habitats such as Dungeness. “

The literature says it will “also create space for inclusive community activities, including changing toilets for adults with disabilities, water sports training, and environmental and heritage education.”

The plan describes the area in which it is now as “underutilized, landless and visually unappealing” and offers “little benefit to the community”.

The proposal includes 108 beach cabins, which aim to repeat the success of FHDC’s recently completed cottage project at Folkestone Coastal Park.

Folkestone's new beach huts.  Photo: @thierry_bal on Instagram
Folkestone’s new beach huts. Photo: @thierry_bal on Instagram

A car park will accommodate 75 cars, electric charging stations and disabled spaces.

The ‘sustainably constructed’ visitor center will include changing rooms, showers, a café and a water sports training area. New signs, plantings, lighting, fences and boardwalks will also be added to keep “visitors away from sensitive habitats”.

FHDC already approved its funding for the program earlier this year. The total cost of the project is estimated at £ 893,000.

Subject to a planning permission, it is hoped that construction will begin in 2022 and that the site will operate from summer 2022.

Residents have until November 30 to submit their views on the project.

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