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Folkestone hit by 'gentrification' row over Saga tycoon's harbour plan - The Guardian

Folkestone hit by 'gentrification' row over Saga tycoon's harbour plan - The Guardian

On the windswept harbour arm of Folkestone, visitors sit and enjoy cocktails and artisan pizzas in the warm August sun. A short walk from Rocksalt, the sleek timber and glass fish restaurant opened by former Claridge’s head chef Mark Sargeant in 2011, the long-desolate concrete strip is now proving an added draw for the affluent Londoners whom the Kent port is eager to attract. Pete Lawless, who runs the Bathtub & Gun cocktail and beer bar on the harbour arm, says the site attracts the sort of clientele who while away their evenings in Rocksalt. “People with an appreciation for quality,” he said. “People with a bit more money. We have had a lot of people down from London who are looking to move to Folkestone or have recently bought a place.” Coastal towns get trendy but will it help the locals? | David Batty Read more The renovated pier is the first phase of a £337m redeve...

Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/27/folkestone...

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