Designation date: 1968 This conservation area is the destination of choice for visitors, representing an extensive, well preserved and well maintained Georgian maritime town. The unusually long beach front comprises a colourful and diverse selection of buildings. Around the Georgian core are characteristically elegant Victorian and Edwardian buildings. Recent developments have generally been sensitive by respecting the scale and symmetry of neighbouring buildings. It was the first conservation area to be designated in Kent (and the 11th nationally) on the 23rd February 1968, and an Article 4 designation applied on the 1st March 2000. It contains over 1,000 buildings, of which about 300 are listed. Heritage assets include the Scheduled Monument of Deal Castle (a distinctive unmodified Henrician Device Fort), a rare Timeball Tower (now a museum) and a Grade II* listed church and memorial. The pier is a unique example of post-war modernism, opened in 1957, owned by the District Council who are currently spending £½ Million to maintain and enhance this popular attraction. Fishing boats drawn up on the shingle beach are a direct link to the past. The vibrant High Street won the Telegraph High Street of the year award in 2013 with it’s mix of traditional local shops and national chains. The judges said: “Deal is a very good example to other struggling high streets of how an engaged local community, with support from local and national government, can match enthusiasm for their high street with good and innovative practice” The area has featured in numerous lifestyle magazine articles and developed a considerable reputation for the range and quality of restaurants and pubs, mostly locally owned. The Deal Society has campaigned to maintain and enhance this conservation area ever since the 1947 and 1964 proposals to destroy of much of it.