In Folkstone the district council has banned metal detecting on council land with immediate effect (Antony Thrower, 'Banning order limits treasure hunters as the council digs in', Folkestone Herald September 18, 2014). Recent events had
highlighted the need to have an official council position when discussing the matter with officials from these organisations and the member of the public concerned. Metal detecting on SDC owned and tenanted land (including land to which the public has a right of access) is not permitted. Any previous agreements concerning metal detecting that may have been made between the council and its tenants will also cease to have effect. Any proposal to undertake metal detecting on SDC land will only be considered where detecting is part of an appropriate programme of research.