Dover & Deal News



In my role as a Walmer Town Councillor, I sit on the Amenities and Environment Committee, The Planning Committee and the Climate Emergency Working Group.


The projects I have been involved with during February 2024 include:


  • Planning and approval of converting Stoney Pat (small parcel of waste ground to the rear of the allotments) to a Community Orchard. Work has already commenced on this.
  • Exploring the possibility of the Council adopting a piece of land to the rear of Churchill Avenue, Walmer from Dover District Council (DDC) and turning it into a community space. This has included a consultation of local residents.


I also had some concerns raised to me by residents, about the state of the Rose Walk and Pergola in Marke Wood park, along with concerns about the play area. I was pleased to be able to raise these matters with DDC’s head of Parks and Open Space, who informed us that they were seeking funding to carry out necessary repairs. Since then the pergola has been demolished which is disappointing to say the least.


The controversy about the Council’s purchase of 62 The Stand, Walmer as an office still rumbles on. I have been a strong advocate that we should keep this property as the Walmer Town Council office as we have it on very favourable terms, meaning the mortgage repayment terms are much cheaper than renting, and of course we have the office as an asset for Walmer.  

Rick Blackwell

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