Collective Switching Update





More than 1,300 households have already signed up to take part in Dover District Council’s first ever collective switching scheme, in a bid to lower their household bills.

With recent government figures saying that six in ten people are concerned about their energy bills, the collective switching scheme, Energy Deal, is a no-obligation, free way to see if you can reduce your energy bills.

Online registration is quick and easy at  Residents without internet access can join in by calling 01304 872428 and leaving their telephone number. They will then receive a call back from an officer who will go through their registration with them. Residents will need to have their annual energy statement to hand to complete registration.

The Energy Deal scheme culminates in an ‘energy auction’ and will see more than 14,000 households across the country join forces to harness their buying power and negotiate with energy suppliers for a better energy deal. The scheme has been developed jointly with Dartford, Tunbridge Wells and Gravesham councils.

The scheme is open for online registrations until midnight 3 June 2013.  Residents without access to a computer who wish to register ‘offline’ via the Council callback process will need to leave their contact details before Thursday 30 May. The energy auction will take place on 4 June. In mid June, the winning deal will be announced to households who have signed up, and they will have until the end of the month to decide whether they want to switch as part of the energy collective.

Cllr Nicholas Kenton, DDC Cabinet Member for Environment said: “The response from local residents has already been very positive and we hope that many more households will take advantage of ‘Energy Deal’.  Registration closes on 3 June – don’t miss the chance to see if you can save money on your energy bills, register now.”

For more information, please see the DDC website at

Channel Four Seek Contributors to New TV Programme






A 2012 study by the British Association of Dermatologists’ shows that almost a third of people who have tattoos now regret it. Our series will feature those members of the public who wish to reverse bad beauty decisions they now regret. From cosmetic surgery and tattoos to permanent make-up or piercings we will look at all cases.

The programme will feature the stories behind why these decisions were initially made and what has prompted their regret before we help address their problem with the help of some of the UK’s foremost specialists. Our aim is to show the nation how past beauty decisions can be reversed and the safest and most effective ways to do this.

In particular we would like to feature some more mature men and women who maybe regret treatments they had done when they were younger or are now embarrassed by them and have seriously considering having them reversed.

Please read the flyer here…


May is Kent Trading Standards “Scam Awareness” month…





May is Scam Awareness Month and Kent Trading Standards, along with Kent Consumer Empowerment Partnership (CEP), is warning consumers about the dangers of scams.

Always remember a scammer’s sole purpose is to deprive you of your money and they will try any trick they can to convince you that they are genuine. If you have any doubts about a doorstep caller, telephone call, text, email or letter you have received then contact Citizen Advice Consumer Service on 08454 040506 for further advice about scams.

More here…

Eastry Annual Parish Meeting – Tuesday 21st May 2013, 7:30pm




1. Apologies

2. Minutes of the Last Annual Meeting

3. Matters Arising

4. Neighbourhood Planning – Cllr Chris Turner from Ash Parish Council

What’s involved with producing a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood Plans provide a great opportunity for local communities to have more influence on how the places in which you live and work will change over time. Your local knowledge and sense of what needs to be protected and what needs to change can really make a difference.

5. Collective Energy Switching Scheme   – Amanda Martin from DDC

How can Dover District Council’s Collective Energy Switching Scheme save you money?

6. Eastry Parish Council Village Strategic Planning Survey – Cllr Steve Mitchell

The Parish Council would like to understand what the community is concerned about so they are launching a survey to collect information from local people that will enable them direct their resources to the projects that matter in our village.

7. Police Issues

8. Chairman’s Report

Finance Report – Clerk to the PC

9. Reports

DDC – Cllr Steven Manion & Cllr Nick Kenton

KCC – Kent County Councillor (Subject to election results on 2-5-13)

EastrySchool – Mr Tim Halling

Church Report

Questions will be invited from the floor after each speaker

Refreshments will be served after the meeting.