Sunday, 18 January 2009

Moving to a new home . . .

It's been great fun writing this blog and messing around with the internet. So much fun that I thought I'd set up a proper website! So this blog - and everything else - is moving to This is the last entry I will make here. Everything here can be found in the "local news" section of There's a lot more there besides.

My email address is now Any emails sent to will still get to me.

I'd really like to know what people think of my new website. Any ideas and feedback on how to improve things will be greatly welcomed.


Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas break, enjoyed a time a cheer, mince pies and (not too!) excessive food and drink. We knew we needed to enjoy it while we could as 2009 will not be the easiest of years.

I spent Christmas with my family. I decorated the tree with my daughter Charlotte. Little Thomas tried and help out, but as he’s only two, he could only do the lower branches! We were really lucky that my mother joined us . . . my wife Natalie and I got a chance to switch off and relax a bit.

We all know that this year is not going to be the greatest. Yet we know we’ll get through it and there will be a better tomorrow. We’ve been here before and we’ve lived to tell the tale. I am passionate about getting the best long term future for our community in Dover & Deal. Getting more high quality businesses to move to our area is really important for jobs and opportunity. Uniting Dover properly with the sea and sorting out the attractiveness of the town and sea front will make a serious difference. Taking the lorries out of Townwall Street will aid the effective regeneration of Dover. Upgrading the A2 and the delivery of a proper hospital are things we’d all dearly love to see. Realising this better future for us all is my greatest ambition.