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Clocks go forward on Sunday

Daily Mail, 22nd March 2018

This year the clocks go forward by an hour on Sunday, 25th March, marking the start of British Summer Time (BST). BST will begin at 01:00 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), meaning that people in the UK will have one hour less sleep as 1am becomes 2am. The reasoning behind switching to BST is to have more daylight in the evenings. GMT resumes in autumn, on Sunday, 28th October. At 02:00 BST, the clocks will go back an hour to become 01:00 GMT again. This is so there is more daylight hours during the winter months. An easy way to remember how clocks change is the phrase: 'Clocks spring forward in spring and fall back in the fall'.

Lower deck closed

Friday, 12th January 2018

Strong north-easterly winds over the weekend damaged 42 boards on the lower deck and caused extensive damage to the D&WAA cabin. Both the lower deck and cabin remain closed to the public until further notice. For news of progress with repairs to the storm-damaged decking and cabin call 01304 363815.

Lower deck sustains further damage

Sunday, 4th February 2018

Strong north-easterly winds on Saturday night have caused further damage to the lower deck which remains closed to the public until further notice.

Lower deck storm damage (picture by Kevin Spencer)

King Street toilets

KentLive Friday, 29th December 2017

A filthy public loo in Deal may get a spruce up after a business offered to step in and clean it. Channel Facilities Management will be providing a deep clean in early January.

A public toilet in Deal which is arguably one of the filthiest in Kent is about to get the spruce up it so desperately needs. The King Street loos were originally condemned as "filthy" by a parent who, after taking her son in there to use the toilet, walked away in disgust. The grimy toilets had a broken light fitting, no toilet roll and empty cans of lager on the floor, as well as a dirt-covered baby-changing table with the words "Would you put a baby on here? I wouldn't. It's disgusting", scrawled on it. Its poor state was reported by Labour Cllr Ann Napier.

After reading Kent Live's article, the owners of Channel Facilities Management, a Deal firm specialising in cleaning, security, grounds maintenance and pest control, felt compelled to lend their services. They got in contact with Dover District Council and agreed to provide a one-off deep clean, free of charge, to the King Street and Pier toilet blocks. From 7.30am onwards on Thursday, 4th January 2018, workers from the firm will tackle the toilets to bring them back up to a respectable standard.

Joe Gregory-Foster, one of the owners of the company, said:

"We read the article regarding the King Street public toilets in Deal and how the community are really dissatisfied with the cleanliness. The reaction on Facebook really caused a huge stir within the community with more and more complaints being made to the council. We will be giving both sets of toilets a complete deep clean free of charge. We want to showcase that just because these public conveniences are old, they can still be left in a clean and tidy state."

Mr Gregory-Foster also stressed that as well as making sure the toilets are clean, they will make sure the job is handled in an environmentally friendly way, as with all their cleaning work. He said:

"As a cleaning company we use no harmful chemicals. All of our products are enzyme-based which means they are safe for the environment, humans and animals. We are a very green company that are trying to change the way commercial cleaning harms the planet."

The council has not yet confirmed that the toilets will receive more cleaning attention in the future.