20 SEP 2018

Backing our local high streets

High streets up and down the land are facing challenging times. They struggle to compete with online retailers. These internet giants don't have to pay for high street buildings – or business rates. And their selfish culture of tax dodging gives them an even stronger edge. Small wonder then that so many high street shops struggle to make ends meet. Here in Dover and Deal it's no different. Our high streets find things tough too. We can't wish it all away. The...

19 SEP 2018

Funding boost for our hospitals

An extra £6.48 million of Government funding has been handed to local hospitals to help staff prepare for winter. The cash was allocated after East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust put forward plans to help with its emergency care capacity. The investment is part of a £145 million pot for 81 schemes at hospitals across the country. The Department for Health says the funding will enable the NHS to deliver additional beds, redevelop A&E units and...

17 SEP 2018

Battle of Britain memorial service

A memorial service to mark the heroics of the Battle of Britain was held in Dover on Sunday. I was among those paying their respects to The Few. Air Cadets from the 354 (Dover) Squadron also joined the commemoration along with standard bearers at Dover Castle's St Mary in Castro. It was an honour to join the service and remember the brave pilots who fought the Battle of Britain across our skies 78 years ago. We will never forget the The Few who defied the odds to...