19 APR 2018

How we can be better off after Brexit

There are many good reasons why we are leaving the European Union. And why Dover and Deal – and the nation as a whole – will be better off for it. We will be taking back control of our money, our laws and our borders. We can put an end to uncontrolled EU immigration – and strike free trade deals across the globe. Yet there are so many more benefits of Brexit. Take the case of David Wilsher, from Kingsdown. Because of EU rules, he could be put out of...

13 APR 2018

GP hub IT issues must be fixed

Health chiefs must get a grip and swiftly fix the problems delaying the opening of GP hubs in Dover and Deal.  It was announced earlier this year that up to ten rooms at Buckland Hospital and Deal Hospital would be used to provide extra GP services as part of £2.4 million investment. But IT issues have resulted in the planned opening of the Buckland hub on April 9 being delayed. The hub at Victoria Hospital in Deal is not yet open either – with work underway to...

12 APR 2018

Dover's dementia village to open by July 2019

Empty houses behind Buckland Hospital will be converted into the UK’s first “dementia village” by July next year. The team behind the £3.5 million project told me about their plans on a recent visit to the site. Residents will be helped to live as independently as possible – with an on-site shop, cinema, pub and hairdressers. The six derelict semi-detached blocks in Randolph Road will be renovated and house 30 beds for elderly residents. Each block will...