This afternoon I met in Deal with Jasin Kaplan, who runs the amazing new pier cafe and business leaders Jane Langstaff and Stephanie Hayman to discuss what can be done to encourage more people to buy local and support our local economy.
And we cannot just stand by and do nothing, you know. Shops are closing down locally and we need to encourage people to use our local high streets and support each other. In Deal, we talked about what could be done to boost tourism.
I'd love to see an art gallery to display all the paintings owned by the various local councils and showcase our great local artists, get a cinema back into Deal, a ten pin bowling alley and a venue for music and dance to support the Deal Music Festival. After all, Deal is the most amazing seaside place to go in Kent, so we should improve and market what a great place we have!
Jasin told me there is so much we can do, we just need the imagination and ambition. I departed inspired and determined to help chart a positive way forward! Watch this space . . .
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