"Four ex-mayors of Deal, along with members of Deal With It, the local community Green group in Deal, met outside the town hall on Saturday to celebrate the Town Council’s vote to support Deal becoming a Green ‘Transition Town’.
"On the 26th July the Council agreed in principle to support community groups, such as Deal With It, in working towards making Deal a Green ‘Transition Town’ and to assist ‘where possible and practicable’ in that aim.
"The Transition Town movement has burst onto the scene: In less than six years, over 500 towns and villages around the country (including several in Kent such as Whitstable, Faversham, Canterbury, Hythe, Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells and Tenterden) have started to change their communities from high carbon dependant ones to a lower carbon by local initiatives on energy generation and reduction, local food, transport, local ‘pounds’ to support the local economy and schemes to reduce waste.
"Cllr. Eileen Rowbotham , Vice-Chair of Deal Town Council said: “This is an important step for Deal and great vision for the future of town. We are going to meet with Deal With IT to look in detail at the practicable support the Town Council can provide to make Deal a Greener town “
"Rosie Rechter , Deal With It Coordinator said: “We really welcome the support from Deal Town Council; it will add value and weight to the community’s campaign to transform Deal into a Zero Carbon town by 2030. ‘Transition’ is about our local response to the threats and opportunities posed by climate change and end of cheap & plentiful Oil. Community action that will help us to weather those changes will also produce a better Deal “