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Taking Pride In Our Parks and Open Spaces

DDC is taking maintenance of its parks and open spaces in-house from 1 April 2017, with a new team of 25 directly employed staff. This follows a decision to take the service back in-house at the end of the current contract with English Landscapes.

DDC owns 25 parks and open spaces, ranging from historic parkland, such as the Kearsney Parks & strips of coastal land such as Walmer Seafront, to small open spaces, such as Poulders Gardens in Sandwich.


» More about parks and open spaces 

Parks - Walmer Green

As Gardens Spring Back To Life - Remember To Sign Up For Garden Waste Collections

March is here, and gardens across the district are starting to spring back to life, so now's the perfect time to think about renewing or signing up for garden waste collections from DDC.

A garden waste collection licence costs £39.95 for the year, running from April 2017 to March 2018, with a fortnightly collection of up to six bags each time.  Collections take a range of garden waste including grass cuttings, hedge clippings, flowers and plants.


 » More about garden waste collections


Garden Waste

Welcome to White Cliffs Country

With spring upon us, why not take the opportunity to enjoy some of what makes our district such a great place to live, work and visit.

Tourism continues to thrive in the district, with an economic impact of almost £265m in 2015, according to recent figures. We're also welcoming exciting news that the Open Golf Championship returns to Sandwich in 2020.

For ideas on great things to see and do in the area, see the White Cliffs Country pages or pick up the new visitor guide from the Dover Visitor Information Centre & other outlets.

» More about White Cliffs Country 


Parks For People - Investing In Open Spaces

Work has started on a £3m restoration of Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens. This follows the Kearsney Parks project's successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund. 

For more news on the Kearsney Parks, including the latest on the historic 'Harding Archive', see the Kearsney Parks website.


   » More on Kearsney Parks


Kearsney Abbey

New Look Skate Park For Sandwich

An exciting new look skate park has been launched at The Butts Recreation Ground in Sandwich following a £17.5k community-led investment in repairs to existing equipment and new facilities at the site.

The new equipment was chosen following consultations led by the StreetSide Community Group.  Fundraising for the work was undertaken by StreetSide, including contributions from a range of local partners. The facility is owned and managed by DDC. 


 » More on new look skate park for Sandwich


Sandwich Skate Park

Updating Our Local Plan

Local Plan

DDC’s Cabinet has decided to update the Local Plan to better reflect current economic conditions and to bring it into line with the latest planning guidance.  

DDC was one of the first local authorities in Kent to develop a Local Plan, with its Core Strategy adopted in 2010.  Local residents and businesses will have an opportunity to get involved with the Local Plan review and are being encouraged to sign up to the Council’s Keep Me Posted news and alerts for details of the forthcoming consultation.   

» More on Local Plan review


Register For E-Billing And You Could Win £1,000 

Dover District residents who register to receive their council tax bill by email are in with a chance of winning £1,000.

The competition is running as part of the council's drive to encourage residents to take advantage of the benefits of paperless billing.

To be in with a chance of winning, go to our paperless billing prize draw page and complete the online registration by 31 March.


  » More on paperless billing prize draw


Paperless Billing

How Are You?

Our busy lives do not always make it easy to keep healthy.  Why not take a few minutes to complete the free 'One You' health quiz to see how you score and find out where you can take a little action to make a big difference. 

Public Health England’s ‘One You’ website provides tools, support and encouragement to help you make simple changes towards a longer and happier life. 

The good news is making small changes to our lifestyles now can improve our health right away and double our chances of staying healthy as we get older.

  » How are you - take the free health quiz



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