A civic group has criticised the “quality and relevance” of its local newspaper in a letter to a regional publisher.
The Society says readers are now seeing more news in the Express about villages near Canterbury, almost 20 miles away, than those near Dover.
The letter, which was sent to Trinity Mirror’s HQ in Canary Wharf, comes after the departure of the newspaper’s former editor Phil Hayes, who left to work for the town’s MP Charlie Elphicke.
Society chairman Derek Leach OBE wrote in the letter: “The executive committee of The Dover Society (460 members) has discussed the deterioration in quality, quantity and relevance to Dover of the Dover Express, which now has information not only of the adjacent Folkestone area but much further afield.
“With a lack of reporters out and about some important local events do not get a mention and some details are out of date (like the name of the current editor).
“We appreciate that times are hard for both national and local newspapers, but the Express was a much loved newspaper and is now losing its former good reputation and readers. We would welcome your comments.”
It is understood Luke Jacobs, Trinity Mirror brands editor for Kent, intends to speak to Mr Leach in response to the letter.
A Trinity Mirror spokesperson said: “In Kent we are focusing on building a local and engaged audience with a strategy that includes covering broader content on top of just news and sport, presenting content in different ways and embracing digital and new ways of doing journalism, all within the necessary financial constraints.”
Trinity Mirror recently merged the website of the Express with seven others to form county-wide news platform Kent Live.
The company announced in May that the equivalent of 13.5 full-time posts were under threat in Kent, Essex and Surrey as part of a rolling restructure of its regional titles.