HAVE A SAY ON FUTURE LOCAL NHS AND SOCIAL CARE SERVICES

There's an opportunity for anyone with an interest in health and care services in this area to attend one of several public meetings happening across east Kent during July. As part of the current "Transforming Health and Social Care in Kent and Medway" process, the events will focus on proposals to improve the range and quality of NHS services available in local communities and GP practices. The idea is to let people find out more about what is involved, provide feedback and ask questions about local plans.

For Deal area, the public meeting is on Tuesday 4 July in The Landmark Centre, 129 High Street, Deal from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. To ensure a place e-mail the organisers at nelcsu.engagement@nhs.net. Local health campaigner Rosie Rechter says: "We have asked repeatedly for one of these meetings in Deal or Dover. So we are keen to get a good attendance at this important event for our NHS."

Others meeting are as follows:
Canterbury on 29 June 2017 (9.15am-12.30pm. at St Lawrence Cricket Ground, Old Dover Rd, Canterbury CT1 3NZ,
Ashford on 6 July 2017 (1pm-4pm) at Holiday Inn Central Hotel, Canterbury Rd, Kennington, Ashford TN24 8QQ.
Romney Marsh on 11 July 2017 (1:30pm-4:30pm) at Marsh Academy Community Hub, Station Road, New Romney, TN28 8BB.
Thanet on 27 July 2017 (time to be confirmed) at (venue to be confirmed).    (June 17, 2017)

 

ALL CHANGE FOR LOCAL BUS ROUTES AND TIMES?

Bus operators Stagecoach South East are consulting on proposed changes to their bus network in the Dover, Deal and Sandwich areas. The public needs to comment by Monday, 26 June. For details, see: https://tiscon-maps-stagecoachbus.s3.amazonaws.com/ Timetables/South%20East/consultation%20document%20-%20proposed%20Dover%20area%20changes.pdf.      (June 16, 2017)

 

CALL FOR NEW DEVELOPMENT SITES IN LOCAL PLAN REVIEW

As part of updating its Local Plan, Dover District Council is asking land owners to suggest sites that they consider have future development potential. The Local Plan covers the period to 2037 and will identify land for housing, employment and leisure development. The call for sites runs for eight weeks from Monday 12 June to 12midnight on Monday 7 August.

The council emphasises that suggesting potential land does not necessarily mean it will be developed. Each site will be assessed and those considered suitable for inclusion in the Local Plan will then be subject to public consultation and referred to an independent Inspector in a Local Plan Examination process. Any subsequent development would require planning permission.

Details and site submission forms are available on the council's website.   (June 10, 2017)

 
PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION RESULTS FOR DOVER

Conservative Charlie Elphicke has retained the parliamentary seat for Dover with a slightly increased majority of 143 votes.

In the May 2015 election, Charlie Elphicke received 21,737 votes and, this time, gained 5,474 more. His nearest rival, Labour's Stacey Blair, boosted the 2015 candidate Clair Hawkins' 15,443 total by 5,331 votes. The other three parties all suffered reduced numbers of votes - with UKIP, in particular down from 10,177 (in 2015) to 1,722 this time.

Voting in Thursday's poll for the Dover constituency was as follows:

Candidate Party Votes
BLAIR Stacey Labour Party 20,774
DODD Simon James Liberal Democrats 1,336
ELPHICKE Charlie The Conservative Party Candidate elected 27,211
SAWBRIDGE Beccy Green Party 923
WAUCHOPE Piers UKIP 1,722
The turnout was 69.80% on an electorate of 74564. The number of spoilt or rejected votes was 76. For more details, see:
https://www.dover.gov.uk/Council--Democracy/Elections/Election-Results/Declaration-of-Result-of-Poll-Parliamentary-2017.pdf
(June 9, 2017)
 

RAILWAY BRIDGE WORKS ON SOMERSET ROAD

Kent County Council say part of Somerset Road, Deal, will be closed to through traffic on Sunday 18 June to allow rail bridge repairs to be carried out. The closure is for just the one day, between 8am and 8pm.

The works will be at the railway bridge, with access from either direction up to where the road is closed, but no through access during the works. The alternative route is via Telegraph Road, Cornwall Road and Downs Road to Somerset Road.     (June 7, 2017)

 

A LAW THAT SAVED THE BEST OF DEAL

The Deal Society and Deal Maritime and Local History Museum are joining forces to celebrate legislation introduced 50 years ago that helped to safeguard Deal's historic buildings. The new law enabled local councils to designate Conservation Areas and, within months, Middle Street conservation area in Deal was created - the first in Kent and one of the first in the country. Members of the town's civic society and the museum are mounting an exhibition at the museum building in St George's Road between Tuesday 13 June and Sunday 25 June. It will explain the history of conservation areas and why they are still important. Deal Society members will also be available to answer visitors' questions.

On Saturday 17 June, Deal Society chairman David White will give a talk about conservation areas at the museum starting at 1.30pm. At 2pm he will then lead a one-hour walk around the Nelson Street conservation area, returning to the museum where tea and cakes will be on sale. The talk and walk are free but normal museum entry fees* will apply. No pre-booking is necessary.

The timing of the legislation to create conservation areas was very fortunate for Deal. Just three years earlier, in 1964, a plan had been proposed which would have demolished much of the historic centre of the town in order to make way for office blocks, ring roads, a shopping centre, housing and lots of car parks. Amongst the many potential casualties was Deal’s Georgian Town Hall to make way for a road. Fortunately, the plan was rejected and the later establishment of the first conservation area in Deal ensured that the buildings, now highly prized, would never again be threatened.

Deal Maritime and Local History Museum at 22 St George’s Road, Deal, is open Tuesdays-Saturdays 11am-4.30pm, Sundays 12noon-4pm during June, July and August; for other months see the museum website. *Entry fees are £3 adults, £2 concessions and children, £9 family ticket.     (June 3, 2017)

 
SIXTY KILOS OF JUNK REMOVED FROM SANDOWN BEACH
Deal With It – Deal’s local "green" community group – held a Beach Clean at the Sandown Castle end of Deal Beach on Monday 29 May. Within 90 minutes the 30 volunteers managed to collect about 60kgs of rubbish.

Beach Clean organiser Vicky Nicholls said: “We are very grateful to our wonderful volunteers who donated their time for the beach clean. We are always like to do a clean at this end of the beach to show our support to the great work of the Sandown Castle Community Garden Group.”

Deal With It's next beach clean is at Walmer on Sunday 25 June. New and existing volunteers are invited to turn up at the Sea Cafe on Walmer Green at 9.30am. All equipment is provided.     (June 1, 2017)

 

WALK TO SUPPORT KENT'S CHARITY FOR THE BLIND

Kent Association for the Blind’s annual sponsored walk comes to Betteshanger Park on Sunday 2 July. The fundraising event, with its five-kilometer course round the grounds of the park, starts at 1pm. Registration is £5 with all proceeds benefiting the charity and its work with people experiencing sight impairment and blindness. Participants can also boost this by inviting family and friends to sponsor them. For more details, see www.kab.org.uk and to register call Madeleine on 01227 763366 or .     (May 28, 2017)

 

CONSULTATION: PLANS TO EXPAND DEAL PAROCHIAL SCHOOL

Kent County Council is inviting the public's views on a proposal to increase the size of the Deal Parochial Primary School in Gladstone Road, Walmer. Included is construction of a new block of classrooms with toilets and group rooms. The larger building would then be able to cater for double the current number of pupils, up from 210 to 420 with the increase spread over seven years.

The proposed scheme will require planning permission but, before that, the public can comment in a consultation process. Details are available on-line at: http://consultations.kent.gov.uk/consult.ti/
DealParochialExpansion/consultationHome
. The deadline for commenting is 11am on Friday 9 June.     (May 19, 2017)

 
CANDIDATES IN ELECTION FOR DOVER'S NEXT MP

The names of candidates in the election of the Member of Parliament for Dover to be held on Thursday 8 June have been published. Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm. The candidates are:

BLAIR Stacey Labour Party
DODD Simon James Liberal Democrats
ELPHICKE Charlie The Conservative Party Candidate
SAWBRIDGE Beccy Green Party
WAUCHOPE Piers UKIP
For details of candidates and location of polling stations, see:
www.dover.gov.uk/Council--Democracy/Elections/Statement-of-Persons-Nominated-Notice-of-Poll-Situation-of-Polling-St-General-Election.pdf
(May 15, 2017)
 
NEW RAIL TIMETABLE STARTS SUNDAY 21 MAY

Train operator Southeastern's new timetable starts on Sunday 21 May and runs until Saturday 30 December 2017. Copies are available at local stations or can be downloaded online at: www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/travel-information/live-travel-information/timetables.    (May 15, 2017)

 
A BIT OF A POSER

A problem of finding a professional model for a Shepherdswell art group has been solved by a Deal artist. Louise Hughes, who runs the Secret Drawing Club at the town's Astor Theatre, came to their aid when, on Wednesday 19 April, she joined successful local artist Angelo Pizzigallo for a life drawing skills workshop.

Shepherdwell Art Group member Michael Burney explained: "With Louise as the model, Angelo took us through a series of carefully designed exercises to help to develop our confidence in life drawing. What made this special was that for many members, it was their first experience of drawing and sketching using a live model."

Shepherdswell Art Group members watch as Angelo Pizzigallo demonstrates life drawing with Louise Hughes

The Shepherdswell group meets every Wednesday in the Shepherdswell Village Hall between 9.15am and 12.15pm. It welcomes established and aspiring painters of all abilities and experience, working in any style or medium. For more details, call Michael on 07796 237783.   (April 25, 2017)

 
KCC ELECTION RESULT FOR DEAL AND WALMER DIVISION

Kent County Council saw a win for the Conservative candidates following a 35% turnout by voters. The votes cast for the 10 candidates for the Deal and Walmer Division were as follows:

Trevor Bond (Cons) 3969 - ELECTED John Lonsdale (Green) 491
Will Darlington (Lib Dem) 779 Derek Murphy (Cons) 3544 - ELECTED
Mike Eddy (Labour) 2860 Eileen Rowbotham (Labour) 2751
Sylvia Hanael (Ukip) 699 Christopher Tough (Ind) 179
Graham Lane (Ukip) 497 John Trickey (Lib Dem) 610
For all the Thursday 4 May election results in Dover District, see: www.dover.gov.uk/Council--Democracy/Elections/Election-Results/Declaration-of-results-Deal-Walmer-Division-2017.pdf     (May 5, 2017)
 

ALL CHANGE FOR £1 COINS AND BANKNOTES

A new 12-sided £1 coin is being rolled out in March and the current round version will stop being legal tender on Sunday 15 October. The public is being advised to gather up any of the old coins - possibly saved in jars and piggy banks - and use or change them at a bank before the deadline. Although some vending and slot machines may require modification, the main supermarket chains have all said that shoppers won't have problems using the new coins in their trolleys.

The new polymer £5 note, issued last September, replaces the old paper fiver which will no longer be legal tender after Friday 5 May. Again the advice is to use or exchange them. The Bank of England says that a new polymer £10 note will be issued in September 2017 and a new £20 note by 2020.    (February 25, 2017)

 

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This page was updated on June 17, 2017