The St James development in Dover has been powered up with electricity within days of me holding crunch talks with power suppliers.
I was alerted that the opening of the new cinema and shops had been delayed – because the contractor had put a power cable in the wrong place, resulting in time-consuming legal paperwork. Last week I held talks with UK Power Networks' chief executive and the independent provider UK Power Solutions.I also urged Dover District Council and the developer to get the paperwork sorted fast.
Then on Friday (February 23rd) work began to switch the power on – and the electricity network was fully installed on Sunday (25th). I'm delighted all those involved listened to our concerns and the St James switch-on date was rapidly moved forwards.
The sooner the new cinema and shops open, with hundreds of people starting new jobs and thousands more visitors attracted to our town, the better. Everyone knows we've been battling for the St James development for a long time. It's great that we have taken another step closer to seeing it open.
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