24 MAY 2018

Campaigning to keep our streets safe and secure

"Dover is a beautiful place, with beautiful people – and I will fight for this town." These were the words of Sandra Mahlo at her Cannon Street café La Salle Verte. I had organised a meeting with high street business owners, local councillors and the police. We talked about how we must all work together to look after our town. And it was clear how passionate everyone is about getting the best for Dover. The meeting was held following a spate of break-ins and...

22 MAY 2018

Community spirit still strong in Dover and Deal

Whether looking for jobs or belting out karaoke classics, people feel part of a community at Dover Big Local's hub. I went along to the Charlton Centre to meet the team, hearing how Dover Big Local and the Shaw Trust, both based in Unit 18, are helping people back into work. The hub hosts a number of community events, including a "coffee and karaoke" morning which was in full swing during my visit. I joined in with a rendition of Ticket to Ride by The Beatles, then...

18 MAY 2018

Urging road chiefs to tackle traffic

I have urged council chiefs to tackle traffic levels between Dover and Deal. I invited Kent County Council's transport supremo Cllr Mike Whiting and his team to Deal – so they could see for themselves how busy the A258 is. At least 10,000 vehicles travel along the road every day – causing congestion and pollution. In the past six years alone there have been 100 accidents on the A258. I met with Cllr Whiting, cabinet member for planning, highways, transport and...