Liz Hayes of Plastic Free Dover

Liz Hayes of Transition Dover with guests Jemma Abbitt and Amy Howie at the Plastic Free Dover business launch. Picture from Kent Online (https://www.kentonline.co.uk/dover/news/businesses-band-together-for-a-plastic-free-dover-206730/)

Liz Hayes introduced herself. A teacher by profession who is involved in the setup of Transition Dover whose aim and purpose is to promote the move towards a sustainable future for Dover.

Aims & Projects of Transition Dover.

  1. Currently concentrating on working to a plastic waste free Dover. To gain accreditation as Plastic free requires working towards the elimination of waste plastic. The project needs to be community led with changes from bottom up – not through large supermarkets.
  2. The Repair café. The Café whilst helping with a more efficient use of materials helps to address poverty and unnecessary waste through repair of broken equipment allowing its continued use. Repairs are carried out without charge. The aim is to expand to include computers and bikes
  3. Volunteers run open meetings which join in events such as Urban Fete. Stall to show the alternatives such as refillable bottles using stainless steel and bamboo straws. An aim is education in behavioural change.
  4. Local businesses. Talking to local business on abandoning the use of free single use plastics and providing a refilling service for refillable bottles. Amongst recruits are The Transport Museum, Information office, Allotment Restaurant with talks taking place with Morrisons. Window stickers are provided to businesses as well as information on their location on Transition Dover’s Facebook page.
  5. Beach Cleaning

Dover Town Council has passed motion to be plastic free in its work and operations. Agreed it would be good to recruit DDC and Parish Councils. Transition Dover have yet to assess what is needed to recruit schools.

A steering group has to be recruited. It will be an oversight group meeting twice a year. Membership has yet to be agreed as has size of the group. There will be a separate group for volunteers. Community suggestions to be sought of the local groups to be involved.

For more information see https://www.kentonline.co.uk/dover/news/businesses-band-together-for-a-plastic-free-dover-206730/

October 2018 Update

Langdon Cliffs

The past few months have seen our Refurbishment members busy discussing the forthcoming visit by our Dover District Council Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Cllr. M J Holloway. We were not disappointed. His visit, presentation and subsequent discussion was so energetic and informative it was refreshing to hear of the positive, cross party plans that included funding for a new

Tourism Team. We are looking forward to sharing the new thinking with you as the Tourism Team develops and publishes its strategy in a few months time not only for the Dover District but particularly, of course, for Dover.

Refurbishment have also progressed in their efforts to improve the signage for Dover Castle on the ER32 Right of Way from Langdon Cliffs through to Upper Road. We are working in partnership with Cllr Pam Brivio of the Walkers are Welcome initiative and Neil McCullum of English Heritage in hoping to give our visitors directions for an alternative access to the Castle.

Litter issues are our very much our main business and contact has been made to our local authority regarding rubbish outside the old Sainsbury building, Guston lay-by and Limekiln Street. Litter management has taken Refurbishment into enquiring of our local stores their policies on plastic. Our Refurbishment member Mike McFarnell is leading on this and is currently in contact with Tesco and is looking to compare their activity in reducing the use of plastic. Hopefully members will support us on this and any help with this initiative will always be welcome!

We are planning for our October meeting with Chief Inspector Mark Weller at Dover Police Station. Items for discussion are rough sleepers, drunkenness and anti-social language. I will feedback in our March issue.

Meanwhile we continue with our monthly Refurbishment agenda that includes the appearance of the town, cleanliness and litter, highways and pathways and anti-social behaviour.

Jenny Olpin