It's great to see things really moving forward with the much-needed development at the Connaught Barracks. Huge progress has been made since I last visited, with now more than half of the old buildings demolished. Demolition of all buildings was due to completed by early spring 2017, but owners the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) say it could now be several weeks earlier.
Some 500 homes will be built at the former army barracks when DDS Demolition have finished clearing the site. It will provide hundreds of homes for local families for years to come, and bring in investment from elsewhere. It's another example of how we are working hard to build a better future for Dover.
I was also shown around the development's very own "bat hotel". The HCA has spent thousands of pounds making changes to an old squash court to look after the community of bats found on-site – because of an EU Habitats Directive.
It is just absolutely batty that months of work and tens of thousands of pounds have been lost thanks to this EU directive.
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