Drawings and plans for maintenance and renovation of the viaduct that carried the railway over Folkestone Harbour will be on display in the internal rooms on the Harbour Arm on Thursday 27th October from 5pm till 7pm. There will also be an opportunity to discuss the plans with engineers who will oversee the work that will take place
Harbour Revision Order
Following consultations in late 2015 and early 2016, Folkestone Harbour Company’s application for a Harbour Revision Order is now being considered by the Marine Management Organisation – further details of proposed changes are available here
Folkestone Harbour Arm
Folkestone Harbour Arm is now open to the public seven days a week. Further details, including times of opening, can be seen on the Facebook page or at the website: Folkestone Harbour Arm
Shepway District Council’s outline planning approval for the plan prepared by Sir Terry Farrell for the development of Folkestone seafront and the planning certificate was certificated in early 2015. This was a key step forward and followed extensive public consultation and planning by teams of experts. Outline planning permission has established clear design principles and an overall vision for the site. Securing interest from potential developers who will be attracted by the seafront’s undoubted potential will be largely driven by the prevailing economic climate, and in particular the strength of the housing market.
The approach throughout has been governed by the ambition to create a new seafront for Folkestone that significantly enhances the town and provides benefits for its residents and for visitors. Central to this are attention to design excellence and the aspiration to realise long term regeneration goals that compliment initiatives elsewhere in the town. The plans include public spaces and leisure facilities and will make a major contribution to the attractiveness of Folkestone as a successful place where people can live, work and bring up their children.
Please see www.folkestoneseafront.com for further details.
Folkestone Harbour Company Fees Guidance
Application of the Environmental Information Regulations to the Folkestone Harbour Company
The Folkestone Harbour Company (FHC) is considered a statutory port and therefore some of its activities fall within the scope of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIRs).
Subject to any other statutory provisions relating to disclosure of information, release of environmental information relating to our functions which are outside the scope of the EIRs is subject to our discretion.
Where we are required by other legislation to provide information in a particular form or language at no additional cost, for example on audio tape to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, we would accordingly make no charge for providing the information in this way.
The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 do not give you a right to re-use the information or publication in a way that would infringe copyright, for example, by making copies, publishing and issuing copies to the public or any other person. Brief extracts may be reproduced under the fair dealing provisions of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988
(section 29 and 30) for the purposes of research for non-commercial purposes, private study, criticism, review and news reporting, subject to an acknowledgement of the copyright owner.
Where we do charge
With regard to other ways of communicating the information, in doing so our EIRs Fees Guidance is our guide as to what fees we may charge. When making information available other than by inspection, we are allowed to make a charge which is “a reasonable amount”.
What are our charges for preparation costs?
The ‘preparation costs’ are these costs which result to us from:
- Determining whether we hold the information requested by you.
- Locating and retrieving the information.
- Extracting the information from a document containing it and including the time taken to summarise information, or to edit information.
The FHC charges a rate of £15 per half hour of employee time spent on a request but will not ask for payment if the information is held by them in a readily available form.
In addition, the FHC reserves the right to waive all or part of a charge for environmental information where we believe this will help the local community obtain the information it needs; for example, educational uses, disadvantaged users, and projects being carried out by other organisations to the benefit of the town. We would ask that where your request is for the benefit of the community you contact us outside of the EIR and we will endeavour to help you.
What are our charges for disbursement costs?
The ‘disbursement costs’ are the costs associated with communicating the information to you, e.g. of printing out or photocopying the information, or transferring the information to whatever format is requested, and of sending it to you.
These charges (including postage and packing) for various ways of communicating the information to you are as follows:
Copying or Printing out (black & white)
A4 sheet 30p
A3 sheet 50p
A2 sheet £1.50
A1 sheet £2.50
AO sheet £5.00
B1 sheet £4.00
Copying or Printing out (colour)
B1 £58.00 from disk (scanning may be more)
Converting to electronic format
Depends on costs charged to the FHC
Charges for defined services
Copies of Bathymetric Survey £20 per copy
Please note, too, that the fee charged for any information that is provided in accordance with our Publication Scheme is also subject to VAT.
The Government’s rules with regard to the charging of VAT are as follows:
- If we are asked for information, and the information is only available from us or a public authority, any fees charged will not attract VAT.
- If we are asked for information that is available from another source, any fees will attract VAT.
If we consider that a charge is appropriate, we will notify you in a Fees Notice. In most circumstances we are required to comply with your request for information within 20 working days from the first working day following receipt of your request. However, the time which passes from the day we issue a Fees Notice to the day we receive your payment is not counted towards the 20 working days. The remaining number of working days in which to fulfil your request is therefore calculated from the first working day after we receive your payment. If after 60 working days we have not received payment from you, then your request lapses. Please note that a working day is defined as between 9am and 5pm. Should a request be received outside of these hours, the twenty days will begin on the next working day.
Review of costs
We reserve the right to keep under review our rates of calculating our costs. We will endeavour to keep our costs reasonable, in order to assist public access to information in accordance with the spirit of the EIRs.