The Deal Society has been the civic society for Deal and Walmer since 1964 and we continue to work for the benefit of the area.

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