New lighting and a range of refurbishments feature in a £600,000 second phase of renovations for Deal Pier proposed by Dover District Council. The first phase of works, costing £500,000 and carried out last year, included new pier seating, walkway surfacing, repainting the metalwork, renewing the gas main and refurbishing the pumped drainage system. Repairs to the pier's lower deck are also nearing completion.

The latest plans include work to refurbish the clock and art sculpture above the pier entrance, installation of an electronic public information screen showcasing Deal and the area, and new energy-saving lighting. The pier shelters are included in general painting and repairs, together with installation of an electronic visitor counter, replacing the CCTV system and essential repairs to the pier structure.

The council's Cabinet is considering the scheme at its meeting on Monday 4 February and, if approved, it is expected the works will take place during the next financial year. For more, see: Dover DC Press-Release.   (February 3, 2019)



The new Dover District Leisure Centre is to open to the public at 9am on Monday 25 February. Builders, BAM Construction, are due to handover the building on time and on budget to Dover District Council and operators Places Leisure on Friday 15 February.

The existing Dover Leisure Centre on Townwall Street will close at 5pm on Sunday 17 February to allow for the transfer to the new leisure centre and for staff training at the new facility in Whitfield.

The £26m Dover District Leisure Centre features the first swimming pool in Kent to be purpose-built to Sport England specifications for a county standard competition swimming pool. The 25m x 17m eight-lane pool includes starting blocks, timing pads, and an electronic scoreboard. With spectator seating for 250 people, Dover is expected to be a major venue for swimming galas. The 15m x 8.5m learner pool, which features a moveable floor to vary the depth, can also be used as a warm-up/down facility for competitive swimming.

Dry-side facilities at the new leisure centre include a four-court sports hall; clip ‘n' climb interactive climbing arena; 120-station fitness suite; two multi-activity studios; spin studio; two glass-backed squash courts with spectator seating; two outdoor five-a-side 3G pitches; sauna and steam room, café, and 250 parking spaces.   (February 3, 2019)



Dover District Council says works to resurface the Middle Street Car Park in Deal are due to start on Monday 18 February. It is working closely with the local community and businesses to minimise any disruption. For more information see: Dover DC website.   (January 29, 2019)



Members of the Deal With It environmental campaign group are pressing for more improvements to the area around Deal rail station. Having managed an edible garden on the platforms since 2012 and come together four times in the last three months to blitz rubbish at the station, they consider more could be done. In a meeting on Thursday (27 September) with local representatives from both National Rail, Southeastern and the adjacent Sainsbury's supermarket they raised a number of concerns:

  • Rubbish on the tracks. National Rail only clean the tracks twice a year, with the next one due on 9 November. It was suggested this could be more often if, when lines are closed for engineering, it's used as an opportunity to clear the tracks.
  • Bins at the Station. SouthEastern have promised to look at putting more seagull-proof bins into the station and more cigarette bins by the entrances.
  • Lighting on the Ramsgate side to London Road path. Several passengers have said how unsafe they feel in the darker evenings and the rail organisations have agreed to consider this.
  • The triangle of scrub (the old station master's house location) to bridge/London Road. Action needed to clear rubbish and overgrown brambles affecting the platforms and walk way.
  • Anti-social behaviour at the station.
  • Supporting a bid to upgrade the track bridge to a full disabled access one.

The clean-up team also made a plea for upgrading the rail station status as this would have a beneficial effect on on staffing levels and coverage times. A spokesman for the volunteers said: "It was a really positive meeting. The Station is increasingly the town's gateway and, sadly, the first impression of the town is not always good." The group's next Deal station clean-up is on Thursday 11 October and new helpers are very welcome."   (September 30, 2018)



The first results from the second year of hop growing by members of the Deal Hop Farm are appearing in local pubs. Bottles of "Hopping M.A.D - Made Around Deal" green hop beer, brewed by the Ripple Steam Brewery, are now starting to appear in the local pubs. Among the first are The Farrier in Deal, the Freed Man at Upper Walmer, The Plough in Ripple and Crabble Mill in Dover.

Among the first to sample the new brew are Jean Fulcher who says: "Sampled the fruits of everyone’s labours at the Freed Man yesterday - tasted great!" and Rose Dowd who tried Hopping MAD at the Crabble Mill and reports: "it was going down well with the folk club there".   (September 29, 2018)


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This page was updated on February 3, 2019