The aims of the Society are:

  • To encourage high standards of architecture and town planning in Deal and Walmer
  • To stimulate public interest and care for the beauty, history and character of the town and its surroundings
  • To encourage the preservation, development and improvement of features of general public amenity and historic interest

How we fulfill the aims:

  • We campaign to conserve the character of the town, including specific buildings which may be under threat
  • We monitor every planning application that is referred to Deal Town Council and Walmer Parish Council
  • A representative of The Deal Society is co-opted onto the Deal Town Council Planning Committee
  • Another representative attends meetings of the Walmer Parish Council
  • We make representations to Dover District Council planning department if we believe that a specific application is detrimental to the character of the town
  • We monitor the long term development plans of Dover District Council and other government agencies, for example the Environment Agency
  • We can advise residents about the process of dealing with planning problems
  • We place blue plaques on buildings where significant people have lived – details of those plaques, and the criteria for the erection of a plaque, are on the Deal Heritage website
  • We organise a winter lectures programme on a variety of topics which are free and open to the public
  • We organise visits to places of historic interest and heritage assets
  • We organise social events for our members to meet and engage with each other
  • We publish a newsletter three times a year to keep members informed of our activities