The latest in Sandwich with Cllr Dan Friend

CommunityAd share the latest update from Sandwich’s Cllr Dan Friend, discussing recent changes and events.

 

Dear Residents,

As April showers bring forth May flowers, we find ourselves in the heart of 2024, a year that promises growth for our community. As we look ahead to the summer, we have an exciting calendar of events to look forward to, the Folk ‘n’ Ale Festival, the Magic Tenner Project, and the King Street Party to name but a few. Supporting one another isn’t just a choice; it’s a responsibility to help each other rise, we are better together. There are so many wonderful individuals and groups working, supporting and volunteering their time to make Sandwich the best it can be.

Our collective voice can shape the future of our community, and it is essential that we make it heard. Reach out to our councils ([email protected] and www.dover.gov.uk) and let them know your thoughts and concerns. They are here to serve us, and your input is essential in guiding their actions.

For local business owners, I encourage you to connect with “Sandwich is Open” and “Sandwich Town Business Compass.” By strengthening our ties and collaborating, we can ensure the prosperity of our Town. Let’s continue to work together to create a vibrant and thriving Sandwich!

 

Dover District Council Budget and Sandwich Council Tax

The Labour administration at Dover District Council, supported by Sandwich Matters has voted to confirm its commitment to wasting £2.8 million of the Council’s reserves funding port health functions that DEFRA have transferred to Sevington. Dover District Council’s own Financial Officer cautioned the Cabinet “it is not sustainable for us to keep funding it [port health],” and if they continued to pay for it from council reserves, it would bankrupt the council.

The port health team at Dover does a great job and have shown the importance of having robust checks in place to control goods coming into the UK but, local taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay twice.

The major points from the Budget voted for by Labour and Sandwich Matters includes:

  • Increases to car parking charges by 12.5%
  • Increases to social rents for council houses by 7.7%
  • Cuts to the capacity of garden waste collections by more than half, while putting up the cost by 8%
  • Increases to council tax by 3%. In addition to the 3% at DDC, Sandwich Matters have increased the Council Tax in Sandwich by 5%, making living in Sandwich the most expensive area for Council Tax.

 

King Street

CommunityAd Exclusive - The latest in Sandwich with Cllr Dan FriendAs a community, we empathise deeply with the property owner facing emergency works to safeguard their property. It is crucial that we maintain a positive dialogue between all parties as we navigate through this challenging situation, and I was very pleased to hold a joint meeting with all stakeholders on 12th March.

It is imperative we extend our support to the vibrant businesses across Sandwich, especially in King Street during this time of pedestrianisation. King Street may be closed to vehicles, but the businesses are very much open and working hard to make your experience an enjoyable one! They are the lifeblood of our town, and they deserve our unwavering backing.

I encourage everyone to explore the Sandwich is Open (www.sandwichisopen.co.uk) initiative to discover the incredible offerings of our local businesses. Please also check out Sandwich Town Business Compass, a trader led group cheerleading for and promoting local business.

It is essential that all parties involved move forward positively and work together to minimise disruption and support local businesses and our town effectively.

 

The Magic Tenner Project: Boosting Our Local Economy, One Tenner at a Time

What Is the Magic Tenner Project?

The Magic Tenner Project is a simple yet powerful concept: spend £10 in a local independent business, and watch the magic unfold. But it is not just about the money; it is about fostering connections, supporting our neighbours, and celebrating the unique character of Sandwich.

CommunityAd Exclusive - The latest in Sandwich with Cllr Dan FriendHow It Works

The Tenner: Imagine holding a crisp £10 note. Now think of the impact it can have. When you spend that tenner at a local shop or café, it sets off a chain reaction. The business owner pays their suppliers, who, in turn, buy from other local businesses. It is like a financial dance, and everyone is invited!

Community Spirit: The Magic Tenner is not just about transactions; it’s about relationships. When you chat with the baker about your favourite loaf or discuss burgers with the butcher, you are weaving the fabric of our community. These connections matter—they are the threads that bind us together.

Selfie Frames: Last year, our Selfie Frames were a hit! Hundreds of people posed with them, capturing moments of joy and togetherness. This year, we are bringing them back. So, grab your friends, strike a pose, and share your Magic Tenner experience on social media. Use the hashtag #MagicTennerSandwich—we’d love to see your smiles!

Last year thirty local businesses participated in the Magic Tenner Project. From restaurants and cafes to gift shops and bikes to bread, they all felt the positive effects. Our town buzzed with excitement, and the economic boost was real. This year, we are aiming higher! Let’s rally more businesses, encourage more spending, and create an even bigger wave of prosperity.

Business Owners: If you run a local business, join us! Offer a special Magic Tenner deal—a discounted item, a freebie, or a unique experience. Let’s make Sandwich the Magic Tenner capital of Kent!

Shoppers: Be part of the magic. Visit our participating businesses from May 11th to May 26th. Look for the Magic Tenner signs and explore what our town has to offer.

For more details, reach out to me at [email protected], or connect with us on Facebook – Sandwich is Open or Sandwich Town Business Compass. Let’s make this year’s Magic Tenner Project truly enchanting!

Remember, it’s not just a tenner—it is a spell that transforms our community. Let’s weave some magic together! Visit www.facebook.com/sandwichisopen to find out more.

 

If you need any support, have any questions or ideas, feel like you have something you would like me to get involved with, or simply want to chat about the exciting developments in Sandwich, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I may not always have all the answers, but I certainly know who does! You can drop me an email at [email protected], give me a call, send a text or WhatsApp me at 07723 364042, you can connect with me on Facebook @cllrdanfriend, or visit my website at www.danfriend.co.uk

Your thoughts, suggestions, and involvement are not only welcome but essential to our thriving community. Together, we can continue to make Sandwich an even better place to live, work, and enjoy.

 

Warm regards,

Cllr Dan Friend


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