We have learned that English Heritage have effected a policy which means that our lovely castles in Deal, Walmer and Dover can no longer be hired by the community for weddings and events. 'The Best Of Deal and Dover,' have been contacted by local businesses who are extremely concerned about the impact this will have on what they know to be their regular trade and income from such events.
Local English Heritage members are also unhappy about what they perceive to be English Heritage's obligation to contribute to and engage with the local community. To quote one member "It is, after all, our heritage".
As Deal and Walmer are coastal towns with no through traffic, the impact on the local economy if this decision goes ahead is likely to be greater than elsewhere in Kent. How do you feel about this decision and the potential impact it will have?