The Leader of Dover District Council, Cllr Trevor Bartlett this week met up with representatives from Transition Dover and thanked them for their hard work preparing 16 large planters in Dover town centre. 

The team has removed weeds, refilled the compost and planted hundreds of bulbs, set to burst into colour in the new year. 

The planting has been paid for by the Welcome Back Fund (formerly known as the ‘Reopening High Streets Safely’ fund) which assists Local Authorities to encourage people to return safely to their local town centres.  

Cllr Bartlett said: “It was great to meet such an enthusiastic local group who are so passionate about improving their home town.  We know that these remain challenging times, but with the Council’s vision for regeneration in Dover and support from groups like Transition Dover we continue to work together to help shape a great future.” 

DDC has been allocated £267,000 from the fund and has worked with Town and Parish Councils as well as community groups to carry out a range of projects including: 

  • Public information/safety campaigns
  • Covid safety adaptations and training
  • Covid Information Officer and marshals for Deal Market
  • Refreshing the Deal Pier flower beds
  • Jet washing Flying Horse Lane, Dover
  • Implementing Covid action plans
  • Temporary road closures
  • Portable safety ramps for shoppers in Eastry
  • Promotional banners for Deal. 

Future plans for the fund include: 

  • Jet washing including Bench Street, Dover and Timeball Tower Forecourt, Deal
  • Market gazebos
  • Planters and plants
  • Promotional items such as water bottles and shopping bags
  • Promotional photography
  • Disabled access bench, picnic benches and parklet for Deal
  • Refreshed signage
  • Painting public places. 

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By Ed

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