It is now hoped that the long-awaited opening of the city’s new athletics facility will take place in July.

Work on the new track at Three Hills Sport Park in Folkestone had to be halted last year due to concerns about a watercourse running beneath the site.

Last views of work in progress on the new athletics track at Three Hills Sports Park in Folkestone. Photo: The Sports Trust

Early work on the project had already begun, with earth-moving machinery visibly marking the location of the lane, but the depth of the culvert carrying the Pent Stream below ground forced construction to a halt.

A solution was finally found, and now work is progressing to the point where the bosses believe we are only a few months away.

To help fund the accessible and specialist equipment required for the new track, an ambitious crowdfunding campaign has been launched to raise nearly £60,000.

Dan Hulme, Managing Director of the Sports Trust, responsible for Three Hills, said: “It has been a challenging project but we are really pleased that it is finally heading towards completion.

“This crowdfunding will allow us to equip the facility to be fully accessible and available to all members of the community at all levels of ability.”

Dan Hulme is chief executive of the Sports Trust.  Photo: The Sports Trust
Dan Hulme is chief executive of the Sports Trust. Photo: The Sports Trust

Asked about the Trust’s confidence that July will finally see the facility open, Mr Hulme said: “With favorable weather and conditions, we are hopeful and great progress is being made.

“It can slip into August if at crucial stages of the program we have wet weather or wind that impacts the spraying of the track surface.”

Currently, Folkestone athletes must travel 25 minutes by car to reach similar facilities at either Ashford’s Julie Rose Stadium or Canterbury Academy.

The new facility at Cheriton Road Sports Ground, which is supported by the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, will host the Folkestone Running Club.