KCC BUS SERVICES AT RISK

Up to 78 bus services, subsidised by Kent County Council, could be reduced or axed if proposals for next year's KCC budget are approved. The changes to the services, which are not commercially viable and described as Socially Necessary Bus Services (SNBS), could save the cash-strapped council £4million over the coming two years.

In the Dover and Deal area, the following services are under threat:

  • 82, 82A Deal - Kingsdown;
  • 93 Dover – Martin;
  • 541/542/544 Deal - Dover - Sandwich and Canterbury;
  • 60, 61, 61A Aycliffe - Whitfield - Dover - Whitfield;
  • 61, 63 Whitfield - Aycliffe;
  • 111 Ashford - Dover

Members of the KCC's Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee agreed on Thursday 30 November to hold a public consultation on the proposed changes. Depending on the outcome, it is expected any changes would start in September. The KCC's "Bus Funding Reduction Consultation" will run from Wednesday 17 January to Wednesday 28 March. For details, click here.

News of the threat to the council funded bus services has provoked a strong reaction from the public with several petitions being launched. The Kent Live online news service has a "Save Our Buses" petition here.
Whilst the 38degrees website has a campaign demanding that the county council does not follow through on the proposals here.  (December 3, 2017)

 

BOOST FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS' WORK

Six Deal and Walmer clubs and community groups have received cash help in Dover District Council's latest round of Neighbourhood Forum Community Grants. They, along with 22 other groups across the district, share a total of £22,980 allocated by a panel of district councillors. To bid for a grant, groups have to put forward projects that can benefit their local area. Up to £1,000 is available for each successful application.

The local Deal and Walmer grants go to:

  •  Dover District Volunteer Centre (£950.43)
  •  Royal Marine Heritage Trails (£1,000)
  •  2nd Deal Scouts (£1,000)
  •  The Astor Community Arts Trust (£970)
  •  Deal and Walmer Handelian Choral Society (£150)
  •  Deal Town Football Club (£1,000)
  (November 24, 2017)
 

DEAL CHARITIES SEEKING HONORARY CLERKS

Two local charities are looking for people to take on the roles of honorary clerk. The Mary Hougham Almshouses charity is responsible for maintaining and letting 12 properties in Griffin Street, Deal, and needs a new clerk to start, ideally, on 1 April 2018. The Deal Relief in Need charity also needs an honorary clerk when the position becomes vacant at the beginning of January. As its name suggests, the charity provides support for people in the Deal and Walmer area who are experiencing severe need, hardship or distress.

The current clerk to both charities is Walmer resident Ronald Pegden. He explained he is having to retire from his work in supporting them and would very much like to hear from anyone who might be interested in taking on one or both roles. He can be contacted by or by calling 01304 361050 or 07929 157871. Both single and joint applications will be considered and the date for the receipt of formal applications in both cases is 12noon on Thursday 14 December.   (November 16, 2017)

 

GREEN LIGHT FOR DEAL PIER IMPROVEMENTS

Dover District Council has announced a £500,000 refurbishment of Deal Pier - as the popular local amenity celebrates its Diamond Anniversary. Works are set to include resurfacing the pier's walkway, replacing all the timber seating and repairs to the pier's concrete structure. It is intended that work on the resurfacing and seating will begin in the spring of 2018 - with the aim of maintaining public access as much as possible throughout the project. Structural works are expected to start before the end of the year.

Deal has had a pier since the late 1800s, with the current 305m long pier opened on 19 November 1957 by HRH Prince Philip. For more on the history of Deal Pier see the DealWeb local history pages at www.dealweb.org.uk/history-deal/dealpier.html.  (November 14, 2017)

 
SEA DEFENCE WORKS FOR DEAL'S NORTH BEACH

Work to maintain sea defences on the northern section of Deal beach starts today (Monday 30 October) and is expected to take two to three weeks. Trucks and excavators will be used to move material from north of the former Sandown Castle and spread it along the beach to between the castle and Deal Pier. The programme will mean moving 25,000 to 30,000 cubic metres of shingle.

Dover District Council, who are managing the works, say they are needed to remedy the effects of shingle being moved by the tide and to help maintain sea defences for North Deal. The council's contractors also aim to re-profile the beach and level out the slopes where possible. Planned works for the future include construction of a new rock groyne at Sandown Castle to reduce the effects of longshore drift.

Roger Walton, the district council's director of environment and corporate assets, said: “These are key beach management works for the area. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused, and hope local people will bear with us while we carry out this important work.”   (October 30, 2017)

 

DISTRICT COUNCIL'S NEW LEADER

Cllr Keith Morris has been elected as the new Leader of Dover District Council. A ward councillor for St Margaret’s-at-Cliffe, Cllr Morris was first elected to the council in 2011 and has been a Cabinet Member since 2015.

Cllr Morris hails from Northumberland and began his working life in the army spending nine years in bomb disposal, followed by a short spell with the Royal Ulster Constabulary. He joined the Civil Service beginning in a local job centre and moving eventually to Whitehall where he worked in a number of policy jobs mainly in the employment and education departments. He has spent the last 20 years working in the charity sector at a local, regional and national level.

Outside of work Keith has, among other things, been the treasurer at a children’s nursery, a school governor, a trustee of the Dover and Deal Volunteer Centre and spent eight years as a governor of the then Thanet College, now East Kent College. He has an MBA from Durham University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He is a keen supporter of Newcastle United. Cllr Morris lives in the ward he represents, St Margaret’s, with his wife. They have two sons.   (October 20, 2017)

 

ALL CHANGE FOR LOCAL BUS ROUTES AND TIMES

Bus operators Stagecoach South East's changes to the bus network in the Dover, Deal and Sandwich areas come into force on Sunday 3 September. The new routes - with links to timetables - are as follows:

Route 80: Sandwich - Worth - Sholden - Deal (South Street) - Mill Hill - Walmer Station - Ringwould - Duke of York's School - Dover (Pencester Road). Route 80 timetable.

Route 81: Sandwich - Eastry - Woodnesborough - Betteshanger (Northbourne Road and Broad Lane) - Burgess Green - Sholden (main road) - London Road - Deal (South Street) - Mill Hill - Walmer Station - Ringwould - St Margaret’s - Duke of York's School - Dover (Pencester Road). Route 81 timetable.

Most route 80 and 81 buses travelling to Sandwich become route 43 to Canterbury; there's no need to change bus at Sandwich - stay on using a through ticket. There is also a route 43 service from Sandwich to Ramsgate, St Lawrence and Westwood Cross. Route 43 timetable.

Route 12: Deal (South Street ) - The Strand - Upper Walmer - Ringwould - Whitfield - Canterbury. Route 12 timetable.

Route 90: Deal (South Street) - The Strand - Upper Walmer - Ringwould - Whitfield - River - Buckland Hospital - Dover (Pencester Road). Route 90 timetable.

Route 82: St Nicholas Close - St Richard's Road - Mill Hill - Redsull Avenue - Upper Deal - Hyton Drive - Bowling Green Lane - London Road - Deal (South Street) - The Strand - Dover Road - Granville Road - Liverpool Road/Lord Warden Avenue loop - Walmer Castle - Kingsdown. - Glen Road - Grams Road - St Clare Road - Deal (South Street). Route 82 timetable.

Route 83: Deal (South Street) - The Strand - Downs Road - Balfour Road - Dover Road - Station Road - Walmer Station - Court Road - Telegraph Road - Deal (South Street). Route 83 timetable.

Route 84: Deal (South Street) - West Street (for the Co-op and Sainsbury’s). - High Street - College Road - Sandown (Ethelbert Road) - Golf Road - West Street - Deal (South Street). Route 84 timetable.
For more details, see: Stagecoach Bus Website
(August 29, 2017)
 

COMING EVENTS IN DEAL AND WALMER - for the best local guide CLICK HERE.

 
This page was updated on December 3, 2017