Folkestone Levelling Up - Public engagement November 2023

Phase two public engagement

Proposals for this phase include moving the bus station from Bouverie Square to Middelburg Square. Bus stands will extend around the north and south sides of Middelburg Square and onto Shellons Street, creating pedestrian-friendly transport hub environment and enable Bouverie Square to return to its former use as garden square.

A new park will be created where Foresters Way currently is, running alongside Shellons Street. The current road network here forms part of traffic gyratory system that was developed to serve the town’s now-redundant port and ferry services.

A new link between Guildhall Street North and Guildhall Street will be developed to make it easier to cross the road into town, across Shellons Street. This will help link the area north of Shellons Street to the town centre.

Details of the proposed changes to the phase 2 area can be seen below in the explainer video and the public engagement boards:

Levelling up fund display boards (PDF, 33.09MB)

Tell us what you think

As someone who knows Folkestone, lives, works or visits the area regularly, you are best placed to comment on the proposals, so we are keen to get your views.

Complete the survey and give us your views

The survey will close at 11.59pm on Monday 4 December 2023.

If you require alternative formats of the information or the survey, email

Responses to phase one engagement feedback

Thanks to everyone who engaged with us back in July 2023, either online or at the public engagement event at Bouverie House Business Centre. Your views and comments help us understand if you think this project is going in the right direction and what needs to change. We've listened to what you had to say and your feedback so far has been essential in refining the scheme to make it work better for the community.