Stepping up the pressure for repairs to the Leas Pavilion

Folkestone & Hythe District Council is stepping up the pressure on the owners of the Leas Pavilion to protect the listed building.


An inspection by planning, conservation and engineering experts was carried out this week (Monday) on the former Edwardian tearoom and theatre, which has been empty since 2008.

The council has already served an' Urgent Works Notice' on owners, Churchgate, but is concerned that not enough has been done to safeguard the building's long-term future.

We have tried to work with the owners but it is now time for us to up our game to ensure the Leas Pavilion is safeguarded and protected. This will involve serving a formal 'Repairs Notice' on the owners with a deadline for completion. Should they not comply, we will take steps to ensure that the work is done.Cllr David Monk, Leader of Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Cllr Monk said the council had committed significant resources to help ensure the preservation of the district's important listed buildings.  And in November last year it set aside £19,500 from a contingency fund to  monitor and carry out repairs to the Leas Pavilion if the owners failed to do the work they had been told to do.

We recognise the importance of historic and listed buildings and appreciate the affection in which they are held. The Leas Pavilion, in particular, is a valuable heritage asset and we will not allow it to get into such a state that its future is threatened. Cllr David Monk

Published on 11 June 2018