Dover’s Market Square in the heart of the Old Town is set to benefit from £2.44m of funding from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund. The historic Square will be transformed into a first-rate public space for local people and visitors to enjoy.
The ambitious plans – now agreed – include:
- A centrepiece new splash water feature – with paddling!
- More generous space for pedestrians with measures to slow traffic
- Tree planting to improve the environment and give summer shade
- Better provision for bus services and coach drop-offs
The bid for funding was made by Dover Town Team and Chairman John Angel welcomed the news saying
This is a great success story for Dover and pays tribute to the ground-breaking team work between the Dover Town Team, Dover Town Council and Dover District Council in achieving this bid in a highly competitive field. As Chairman of the successful bid, I am well aware of the hard work and dedication shown by volunteers, elected officials and council officers who have worked in tandem – now the really hard work begins.
Dover Town Team was set up in 2012 at the initiative of former Mayor Councillor Sue Jones who has been a member of the Town Team Board since 2013. The Town Team has worked consistently hard to support economic development and regeneration in Dover. The Town Council fully supports the work of the Team. Council funding of £25,000 in 2016 was key to getting the bid off the ground at the start of the application process. The Council has also been heavily involved in the public consultations that underpinned the plans making sure that the new Market Square meets the real needs of local people.