14 JUN 2018

Fighting back in the war on drugs

Drug deaths in Kent have doubled in the last three years – to the highest level in the UK. Every life is precious and these deaths cause such devastation – to families, friends and local communities. It's a trend we must reverse. There is help out there. I recently visited the Dover hub of the Forward Trust who provide drug and alcohol support services for our area. Across the South Kent coast, they help more than 500 people. Their work includes going into...

12 JUN 2018

Tear down the 'Welcome to Dover' sign and clear up the Crypt

Town centre businesses and tourism chiefs are calling for the controversial 'Welcome to Dover' sign to be torn down. I agree that the horrible hoarding in Townwall Street needs scrapping. I met with local fish and chip shop owner Silvio Macari and White Cliffs Country Tourism Association chairman Graham Hutchison. We also invited Dover District Council's regeneration supremo Tim Ingleton to see the former Crypt site in Bench Street – which has been left to ruin...

11 JUN 2018

Plans to cut Deal Mental Health Centre opening hours scrapped

Controversial plans to slash hours at Deal Mental Health Centre have been scrapped – and the vital service will now remain open five days a week. Services at the facility in Bowling Green Lane, near Deal Hospital, were under threat with proposals to run clinics only on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, which manages the building, planned to shut it for the other two days. But after I contacted them, senior...