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Former arcade to be turned into homes and shops

A major development project in Folkestone's Creative Quarter is getting underway in the next few weeks.

A former amusement arcade will be renovated to provide shops and new homes.

It's hoped the striking design will help to attract new businesses to the town.

New shops and homes will be built on the site of a former amusement arcade Credit: ITV Meridian

"The existing building is in a poor state of repair and has been badly neglected and reconfigured in the past, making it difficult to maintain and causing damage to some of the most valuable architectural features.

"The challenge has been to find a cost-effective way to preserve and restore important elements of the site's heritage whilst creating attractive spaces that are suitable for modern use."

– Project director Gabrielle Wilson, of the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust


Rail disruption continues - Dover sea wall repairs won't be finished till December

Dover's sea wall collapsed last December

Network Rail have revealed that the railway line between Dover and Folkestone which was damaged when a sea wall collapsed, will not be fully repaired until the end of the year.

The line was breached near Dover at Christmas time and it was known that the work would take some time, but today's announcement is the first confirmation that works are not expected to be complete until December. It means many more months of disruption for commuters who use rail routes in the area.

ITV Meridian correspondent Derek Johnson filed this report back in February when questions about the issue were raised.

Pair in court over Channel Tunnel walk

The pair were arrested near the crossing entrance in Folkestone in October Credit: ITV Meridian

Two young men from Iran who walked through the Channel Tunnel are due to make another appearance in court.

Payam Mirahessari and Farein Vahdani were arrested near the crossing entrance in Folkestone in October.

They are charged with obstructing the railway.


Thousands without power after Storm Katie hits South East

Engineers trying to restore power in Pycombe near Hassocks Credit: ITV

More than fifteen thousand homes in the South East are still without power after Storm Katie brought winds of more than seventy miles an hour to the region, tearing down power lines.

Dozens of flights at Gawick were cancelled, others were diverted.

In Kent, the Dartford Bridge and the Sheppey Crossing were temporarily closed, while fallen trees blocked roads and rail routes.

You can watch Abigail Bracken's report by clicking on the link below.

Unearthing secrets of Kent's Anglo-Saxon woman

She was born fifteen hundred years ago and moved to her new home at the start of the last century.

Now work has begun to find out more about the skeleton of an Anglo Saxon woman discovered in Folkestone in 1906.

It's hoped DNA and carbon testing will provide clues about how she lived and died, and about the early settlements along the South East coast. Results should come through in the next six months.

We speak to Sally Hough from Folkestone Museum and Andrew Richardson from Canterbury Archaeological Trust.

Concern for missing 16-year-old girl

Jordan Goodwin was last seen at her home in Folkestone last night Credit: Kent Police

Police are appealing for information to try and find a 16-year-old girl who has been reported missing from the Folkestone area.

Jordan Goodwin was last seen at her home in Bridge Street at around 9.30pm last night.

Officers are growing increasingly concerned for Jordan’s welfare and are appealing for anyone who may have seen her to get in touch.

Transport Secretary to visit rail line close by damaged sea wall

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The Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin and the head of Network Rail will today visit the railway line between Dover and Folkestone.

The line has been closed since December by a crack in seawall causing severe disruption for travellers.

The cracks were discovered on Christmas Eve but engineers have also found a number of sinkholes all of which is requiring a major rebuild.

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