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Road Closure - Cattle Market & Moat Sole, Sandwich – 30th September 2018 (Dover)
Sandown Road, Sandwich 1st October
Potter Street Prohibition of Motor Vehicles
Various Roads Parking Places - One Way and Waiting Restrictions
Current News and Notices
Local Police News
Message from Matthew Scott, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent
‘How safe do you feel where you live?’
That is the one of the key questions Matthew Scott, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent, is asking residents this summer.
Mr Scott said: ‘I set Kent Police’s priorities based on the things people tell me matter to them. My Annual Policing Survey is a key way in which I get to hear what you think about your police force. I want to know what you think Kent Police does well and what it could do better.
‘I’m responsible for ensuring Kent Police provides an effective and efficient service so I’m asking you, plain and simple, to rate how safe you feel in your community and also what to extent you think you get value for money.’
Mr Scott added: ‘I’ve had a tremendous response from those I’ve met at big public events like the Kent County Show and the Kent Police Open Day so far this summer but I want as many people as possible to take the opportunity to have their say. Based on the results of last year’s survey, I took the decision to put more money into recruiting up to 200 more police officers, so your views really can make a difference.’
The survey, which only takes a couple of minutes to complete, is available at:
A hard-copy leaflet, and a large print version, are also available on request.
Questions about people’s gender, where they live, age and ethnicity have been included to enable the PCC to spot trends among different communities.
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DDC Grant Scheme For High Street Shops
Dover District Council is to offer grants of up to £10,000 to bring commercial properties back into use, or to upgrade or improve the appearance of empty premises in designated town centres areas in Dover, Deal and Sandwich.
The grants can be used towards the external renovation or improvement of ground floor and upper floors on the front elevations of buildings, along with internal fit-outs and conversions. The grants cover up to 50% of the cost of the project up to a maximum of £10,000.
Grants of £500 will also be made available for business support or consultancy for property owners seeking specialist advice on bringing their building back into commercial use.
Cllr Keith Morris, Leader of Dover District Council said: “High streets across the district are showing resilience in the face of online competition and changing consumer tastes. Deal and Sandwich continue to have low vacancy rates, whilst Dover is attracting new investment.
“However, empty commercial premises paint a poor picture. This scheme is designed to support owners of commercial buildings who want to improve the appearance, occupancy and use of vacant and run down properties in Dover, Deal and Sandwich.”
Further details on the grant scheme and application process will be available online on the Dover District Council website from 15 October 2018.
Notes to editors:
Grants can be used to cover the following types of work:
- Repair and reinstatement of all or any part of the front elevation of the retail unit including fixtures that are visible from the street, including the first and second floors of the premises
- Repainting of shop fronts in suitable colours
- External lighting
- Security grilles and/or security glazing
- Professional fees associated with the development and delivery of the project, including planning application fees, consultancy fees and advisory services
- Repair of external stonework and brickwork
- Repair and reinstatement of guttering and down-pipes
- Internal fit-outs to shops and business premises.
Welcoming Homes - Funding Boost Provides Additional Help To Tackle Empty Properties
A funding boost from Dover District Council means that increased loans are available to transform empty properties into homes in the area, topping up loans available from Kent County Council’s No Use Empty Scheme from £25k to £40k per home.
The No Use Empty Scheme is administered by KCC, working in partnership with district councils across Kent. This latest news means that the scheme will be able to provide additional top up loans from DDC of up to £15,000 per home for owners in Dover District who obtain a KCC No Use Empty loan.
An agreement with KCC to administer the additional loans follows DDC Cabinet’s approval of a revised Housing Assistance Policy in July. The revised Housing Assistance Policy included a range of grants and loans to help people across the district with repairs and improvements to their homes.
Additional DDC funding for each project will be restricted to a maximum of five dwellings. The total budget for DDC’s additional funding scheme is £300,000.
Cllr James Back, DDC Cabinet Member for Built Environment said: “We’re delighted to be able to increase the range of financial assistance available for housing. This important scheme will help to bring more empty properties back into use, and will help to increase housing supply and support regeneration for the district’s future.”
Steve Grimshaw, Programme Manager for No Use Empty at KCC said: “No Use Empty is continually innovating to try and find the best ways to bring long-term empty homes back into use. The top-up loans are an illustration of this, and we are very encouraged to see DDC allocate a significant £300k to help create homes.”
For more information on loans and grants available from DDC, please see the DDC Private Sector Housing pages, or for more information on the KCC No Use Empty Scheme, please see www.no-use-empty.org.uk