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Progress meeting on Dover Town Investment Zone takes place on November 4

By Victoria Chessum

A scrutiny meeting that will update residents on progress of the Dover Town Investment Zone takes place today.

The first of many quarterly meetings was set to take place last month, but it was cancelled after the district council were advised not to discuss the topic openly while a public inquiry was still open.

The inquiry opened on September 30 into the compulsory purchase of land in the St James’ and Russell Street area, including the purchase of County Hotel, a potential obstruction to the town centre’s regeneration.

It was required to remain open a fortnight longer than expected after a paperwork blunder forced the council to take down notices that informed residents of the procedure. It should have gone up two weeks before the inquiry took place so that any objectors had time to come forward.

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