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25m shopping complex unveiled
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It is hoped the shopping complex will be opened in 2005

Plans for a 25m shopping centre complex in the heart of Folkestone have been unveiled.

The scheme to revamp the centre of the town has been in the pipeline for about 30 years.

At the heart of the 180,000 sqft centre in Bouverie Place will be an Asda supermarket which was originally due to be sited on the redeveloped seafront area.

But instead the supermarket giant moved the scheme to be included in the shopping centre plans.

'Best of both'

A housing and leisure complex is now due to be built on the seafront site instead.

The leader of Shepway District Council Linda Cufley said: "I think it will make sure the town centre remains vibrant.

"If we had had a split in the sites with Asda on the seafront it would have given us problems with traffic movement and it would be contrary to the local plan.

"This way we can have the best of both developments and take them forward quickly."

The centre is due to open in 2005.

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