Save our landmark
An appeal to help preserve Deal’s iconic seafront
landmark has been launched as volunteers and trustees face a big
challenge to pay a £20,000 repair bill on the historic
Mike Carey, treasurer and a trustee at the Timeball Tower said: “We
are a charity and we don’t have that sort of money in our bank
account. This is a desperate time for us and we are asking the
community for help.”
Last year the district council came to the rescue financially when
the ball on top of the four-storey building crashed onto the roof.
But the local authority, which own the landmark, now faces big
budget cuts in its own spending.
Mr Carey added: “There has been serious deterioration of the
exterior paintwork and rendering. The harsh marine environment and
this summer’s wet weather have hastened the flaking.
Trustees are hoping community groups could adopt structure or maybe
organise fundraising event. Donations would be welcomed.
* For full story see page one and three of the East Kent
Mercury, December 13.
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