In (Kersy, 2015) appears to be contrary to

In the
article ‘We need to talk about urban regeneration’ (Forrest,
Adrian Griffiths says that ‘If you create a
meaningful sense of place then people will look after it and take ownership of
it, and that will lead to long-term success’, this is important when thinking
about Folkestone as with ‘duty free abolition coming into effect in June 1999,
passenger figures and profit margins were severely affected and Sea Containers
closed the Folkestone – Boulogne service in September 2000.’ (Folkestone
Harbour Company, N.D) Folkestone needs to have successful
regeneration if not then it may continue to decline. In 1998 Folkestone was
seen as ‘the least profitable place in the country for companies to do
business’ (BBC News, 2001), this shows that
there is a need for regeneration because lack of business leads to a further
increase in unemployment, poor health and crime which are three of the key
areas that the Labour Party wanted to tackle with regeneration schemes ‘The
main goal of the programme is to reduce disadvantages in the poorest areas by
focusing on four issues: unemployment, poor health, crime and education.’ (Weaver, 2001). Education has been
highly impacted within Folkestone as there is a ‘high level of residents with
either no qualifications or qualifications equal to 1 or more GCSE at grade D
or below’ (VISITOR, Unknown). Jobs class in
Folkestone has also suffered with ‘Folkestone has 20% less Higher and
Intermediate managerial, administrative or professional households than the
national average.’ (VISITOR, Unknown)

The article ‘Five reasons I think Folkestone is a great place to live’ (Kersy, 2015) appears to be
contrary to the idea that Folkestone is in decline yet there is one key point
in the article which is Roger De Haan, he has set up the Creative Quarter, the
Creative Foundation, the Folkestone Triennial and the Folkestone book festival.
Roger De Haan’s investments in Folkestone haven’t stopped here, earlier this
year (2017) he agreed to invest £74million as his ‘charitable trust has helped
regenerate the whole town, including a £7m facelift of the Creative Quarter’ (Pyman, 2017). On top of De Haan’s
investments a new shopping centre costing £60million has been built called
Bouverie Place, which has ‘provide over 18,500m² of new retail space, a multi
storey car park, health and leisure facilities and new residential
accommodation’ (New Steel Const, 2007).

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Other coastal towns around the country have also begun regeneration projects;
Hastings is undergoing a Culture-Led Regeneration Strategy which according to
the Hastings borough Council ‘Hastings will be a highly desirable place to
live, work, visit and invest’ (Hastings Online, n.d.). Unlike Folkestone
who’ regeneration has come from mainly private backers and has totalled ~£67
million the Hasting’s had ‘A major £500m plan to regenerate Hastings seafront’ (Hastings
& St Leonards, 2017).