Princes Parade hoarding removal welcomed

Published: 21 March 2024

A photograph of five people (councillors and campaigners) in front of the Princes Parade hoarding set for removal.

The process of removing hoarding panels surrounding the council-owned Princes Parade site in Hythe has begun.

A 1.2m perimeter fence, necessary to restrict access to an area where there is known contamination, will be installed in its place during the works – likely to take up to eight weeks to complete. Preparatory tasks were completed this week.

It is the latest significant step for the site ahead of a public consultation about its future later this year.

Leader Cllr Jim Martin said: “It would be an understatement to say I’m pleased we’ve got to the stage where the hoarding can be removed.

“Since they were first erected in July 2022, the panels have spoiled the panoramic views for residents and visitors, as well as attracting graffiti and vandalism.

“It’s great that these panels can be put to much better use at Otterpool Park, where they will be reused to secure currently vacant buildings.”

Work has been organised in consultation with ecologists to ensure badger setts and other wildlife habitats are safeguarded, while the necessary approvals have been sought by Historic England.

Councillors and campaigners met contractors on site last week to discuss the latest developments. The footpath south of The Sea View Bridge will need to be closed, when necessary, to allow the work to be completed – please see local signage for more information.