The future of Deal and Walmer is a big issue at the moment and it seems to me that the time has come for a proper discussion about the future direction of Deal. It's no good looking at each issue and concern on its own. The points about housebuilding, transport, tourism, jobs and money are all interconnected. There needs to be a stronger impression of how all these things should fit together. There should be a clear plan. Not piecemeal add ons. For the way things are going, no one seems very satisfied and few have any clear sense of how things should develop.
It might seem obvious that Deal should be more accessible, as that would bring more jobs and money. It would greatly benefit businesses. Particularly if a dualled spur were to be developed from Eastry roundabout to London Road. Prosperity, as they say, comes down a dual carriageway. With fast trains as well, Deal would be far more connected. It would be far more attractive for businesses to set up. It would mean more prosperity and more jobs and money. It would bring greater opportunity to the 20 something victim of high youth unemployment.
Yet things are not as simple as that. Many people love Deal just the way it is. They do not want change. Given the apparent tension between these two views, I plan to carry out a survey to get a proper sense of where opinion lies on the future of Deal. To prompt a proper debate and to see if it might be possible to develop a consensus of how Deal and Walmer should develop in the future.
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