DDC News - June 2022


HM The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

As we look forward to an exciting summer, communities across the district are getting ready for celebrations to mark The Queen's Platinum Jubilee this week.

range of events is taking place over the extended Bank Holiday weekend from 2-5 June. DDC has been notified of 36 street parties across the district.

Members of DDC were allocated £500 each to support events. DDC is also marking the Jubilee with initiatives including tree planting as part of The Queen's Green Canopy project. There's also a celebration of Dover's royal past, as Dover’s Grade I Listed Maison Dieu hosts a Platinum Jubilee celebration on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 June from 10am to 4pm with free, fun activities for all the family.


The Queen's Baton Relay

The Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay is confirmed to visit Deal, Walmer and Dover during its journey through England this summer, in the build up to this year's Commonwealth Games.

On Thursday, 7 July, Dover District will officially welcome the Baton to White Cliffs Country. A busy schedule of activities and events is planned, and the Baton will be carried by specially selected Batonbearers.

The Baton will make a spectacular arrival by boat at Deal Pier before continuing along the seafront to Walmer. The Baton will also visit the iconic White Cliffs of Dover before culminating in a free event for 2,500 people at Dover Castle.


Community Grants

Community groups in the district are invited to apply to Dover District Council’s popular Community Grants Scheme.

Building on the success of previous years’ schemes, the Council has increased the grant fund to £260,000 this year. The grant fund includes £7,500 from the Dover District Lotto, (for every pound spent on the Lotto, 60p goes back into the local community). 

Community groups who benefit the local area can apply for grants from £100 up to £4,000.  Bids for the summer round will be accepted until 12 noon on 20 June 2022.

Community Grants

Timeball Tower Reopens

Dover District Council has welcomed news that the historic Deal Timeball Tower has reopened to visitors - and is thanking volunteers for their continuing hard work.

The popular local attraction opened its doors in time for the busy Easter weekend – and is open for the summer season.

This follows a major £80,000 programme of renovations to the Timeball Tower by DDC to replace the mast and refurbish the timeball mechanism, and carry out a range of external works to the maritime landmark. 


Affordable Housing

DDC has been welcoming tenants to new Council homes on a key development at Jute Fields in Deal, as part of our ongoing commitment to new affordable housing.

DDC has taken ownership of six homes at Jute Fields, two two-bedroomed semi-detached homes for shared ownership, and two two-bedroom and two three-bedroom semi-detached properties for affordable rent.

An affordable housing project in Dover developed by DDC has been named residential project regional winner in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Southeast Awards. The William Muge and Snelgrove development includes 65 new homes, including 24 apartments for social rent, 29 shared ownership apartments, and 12 town houses for private sale. DDC is developing up to 500 new affordable homes across the district.


Keeping Our District Clean and Tidy

A big thank you has been sent out to community volunteers across the district following the success of the Great British Spring Clean this year, during which we collected around 350 bags of rubbish. For a round-up of events, including video highlights, please see our GBSC page. 

We celebrated some of the district's unsung heroes at our Environmental Hero awards.  We also teamed up with Veolia for a design competition to design a poster encouraging people to put litter in the bin, with the winning design to feature on two of Veolia's vehicles. 

DDC has also thanked Gurkha soldiers and their families who joined forces for a community litter pick around the Burgoyne Heights area in Dover. 


Youth Conference

DDC took the lead in talking with the district’s young people about drugs and alcohol and their impact on mental health, at a series of events in schools last week.

The Dover District Youth Conference ran as a roadshow in secondary schools in Dover, Deal and Sandwich.

Inviting year eight students, the conference hosted an IMPACT workshop. The session conveyed essential and positive messages concerning mental health, tackling exploitation, gangs, and county lines, as well as teaching young people about making positive choices.


Prospective Councillor Evening

An event is being held at the DDC offices in Whitfield on Tuesday 14 June from 6pm-9pm for anyone interested in finding out more about becoming a Dover District Councillor. 

The next Dover District Council elections will be held on 4 May 2023, when all 32 district council seats will be up for election.

The Prospective Councillor Evening is being organised by the Democratic Services team and will explain the processes involved in standing for election, as well as providing an opportunity to find out what life as a local councillor is really like. 

Cllr Event

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