DDC News - Autumn 2019

Autumn News

Preparing For Brexit

We continue to work closely with partner agencies, including Kent County Council and the Kent Resilience Forum, to prepare for Brexit.

Are you, your business or your organisation Brexit ready?  Find out what you, your business or organisation may need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU, or what's changing in your industry, and information on specific rules and regulations.


New Affordable Housing Launched

A key success story for the area is being celebrated as local families start moving into new affordable properties purchased by Dover District Council in Capel-le-Ferne.

This also comes as news is announced that there were 52 fewer empty homes in Dover District in 2018, a drop of 10% over the previous year, according to latest Government figures.  This comes as KCC and DDC continue to work together to address empty properties.

Capel Homes

One Hundred Local Good Causes Cash In With Dover District Lotto

Just six months after the Dover District Lotto started, one hundred local good causes are now benefitting with a regular income from the Lotto to support their work in local communities.

More than 27,000 tickets have been sold to date, putting Dover District Lotto on track to generate in the region of £40,000 for local causes in its first year.

For every £1 spent on the Dover District Lotto, 60p goes to local good causes.


Showing The Way Ahead For Visitors

A new Tourism Accommodation Charter has been launched by DDC to fully promote the extensive range of great places to stay in White Cliffs Country. 

If you're looking for ideas for walking or cycling adventures this autumn, now is the perfect time to explore the area, as we've launched a new full colour leaflet, with maps, to help show the way ahead. This is in addition to our 'Days Out' leaflet, and 'Visitor Guide' to White Cliffs Country.

We've also unveiled twelve new visitor information maps, showing details of local attractions.


Community Stores Open

A new community scheme has been launched to help provide local people with the tools they need to make a real difference to their communities.

As part of the Community Caretakers Scheme, DDC has installed and equipped six community stores across the district.  The stores are available for anyone who would like to register as a Community Caretaker to help in their local area.

The community stores include a range of materials, equipment and protective clothing for people to use and return, to help support local community projects. 

Community Stores

Taking A Lead On Community-Led Housing

DDC is hosting a Community-Led Housing Mini Conference on Friday 15 November from 1pm-6pm at the DDC Council Offices in Whitfield.  All are welcome to attend but pre-booking is essential. This follows the Community-Led Housing and Self-Build Conference held in June, (pictured).

We are committed to providing information and support for anyone who is interested in community-led housing. As part of this commitment, we've been hosting a number of informal drop-in sessions and will be at a range of local events with information.

There's also free training on Writing Winning Funding Applications for local community groups on 7 & 21 Sept at Westmarsh Village Hall.  

Community Housing Conference2

Local Plan Update

Our new Local Plan is geared towards growing our district by 629 homes every year to 2040, regenerating our towns and making the most of tourism and heritage assets, and identifying land for employment and community uses. Keep your eyes peeled for updates in Spring 2020, when we launch the consultation document. For latest updates, please register with Keep Me Posted.


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Welcome to the latest edition of your DDC e-newsletter.  We welcome all comments and feedback - please tell us what you think.  

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