23 FEB 2017

There is so much potential for a prosperous future

It's been great meeting people out and about in Dover and Deal over the past few weeks. These really are exciting times for our community with so much going on. We have the potential of developments that will renew our area – and volunteers who do so much to make things happen. At the St James development, work continues on the building site where Burlington House once stood. Last year, after decades of dithering, the empty tower block was at last demolished....

21 FEB 2017

Praising volunteer-run local group in Parliament

I praised the invaluable work of Deal-based mental health support group Talk It Out in Parliament this week. I highlighted Talk It Out's role in supporting people to be ready for employment during Work and Pensions Questions in the House of Commons. Asking the Minister for Disabled People, Penny Mordaunt MP, I pushed for assurances that such groups will be given more support to carry out their work. Ms Mordaunt in turn praised the "huge expertise and wisdom" of...

20 FEB 2017

Work progressing apace at St James

I have seen how work is progressing apace at the St James development. Last week I was given a tour of the building site – where Burlington House once stood – by workers from Dover District Council and developer Bond City. Plans for St James include a six-screen Cineworld cinema, hotel, restaurants and shops with M&S, Next, Travelodge, Nandos, Bella Italia and Frankie & Benny's among confirmed tenants. Real progress is being made with construction firm...

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