Recently London mayor Boris Johnson said that some of tens of thousands of the crowded capital’s overspill population could be rehoused in Dover and the controversial suggestion has received a mixed response. But what would greet people moving to, and looking for a job in Dover? Here are five reasons why finding a job in Dover could beat living in London.
Unemployment is decreasing in Dover and, after a period of decline in the town centre during the economic downturn, things are starting to look up with plans for a 120,000 sq feet Cineworld and restaurant development in the St James area of the town. The Dover Harbour Board also announced a massive investment programme at the end of last year, promising 600 new jobs and safeguarding a further 140. Together with a record increase in freight traffic and ferry passengers passing through the Port of Dover last year, this can only be good news for anyone looking for a job there.
2. Standard of Living
House prices in Dover are, as you might expect, way lower than London, meaning a whole lot more bang (or bedrooms) for your buck. The average house price is £211,404 and average monthly rental prices are around £550. For families, schooling may be a consideration. Dover has nine secondary schools and 16 primaries. There is also the Duke of York’s Royal Military School, the country’s only military boarding school for children of service personnel, and the private Dover College.
3. Places To Visit
Kent is known as the garden of England and Dover’s world-famous White Cliffs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are one of its most well-known attractions. Visible from France on a clear day, they are often the first sight of England for travellers.
Dover Castle and Howletts Wild Animal Park, which is just 12 miles away, mean you’ll not be short of places to visit. And let’s not forget the beaches. Where better to relax after work than on a beach? Dover Harbour Beach is shingle, family-friendly and accessible and Shakespeare Beach, at the foot of the White Cliffs is also shingle and is open to dogs.
4. Access To Mainland Europe
Of course, living on the doorstep of the country’s main ferry port means you can be across the Channel, the busiest shipping lane in the world, and motoring through France in less time than it takes to get to London, with a crossing taking an hour and a quarter on average.
5. Access to London
If you DO feel you’re missing the bright lights of London you are only 90 minutes away by road, or rail to Charing Cross, with trains leaving every 30 minutes.
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