Domestic Abuse Consultation – Following the launch of a Home Office consultation on domestic abuse, the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner has launched a consultation to gather local opinion.  The Home Office definition of domestic abuse was changed by the Government in March 2013 to also include non-violent behaviour, and the consultation seeks to explore if the law also needs to change to reflect this.  Such a change in the law could mean making domestic abuse a specific offence; meaning controlling and coercive behaviour in intimate relationships would be a criminal act.  Responses gathered in the Kent consultation will be fed back to the Home Office to inform the national decision-making process.  You can take part the consultation at by 3 October 2014.


Dartford Borough Council

Grants to support Dartford’s communities – DBC is inviting local ‘not for profit’ registered charities and community groups to apply for funding from the Community Grant Scheme 2014.  Grants of between £500 and £3,000 are available for local groups to improve the opportunities they offer to Dartford residents.  Eligible projects must meet the set criteria and either ‘improve Dartford’s sporting provision or work towards improving club standards through accreditation or training’ or ‘improve, provide or expand services for young people or older people’.

Planning Application received - Land To The South Of Manor Way, Swanscombe. 14/01259/CPO – Consultation on an application for operation of an aggregates recycling facility to accept 150,000pa of construction and demolition waste including a fixed processing plant to utilise certain fractions of the recovered materials in order to produce hydraulically bound materials (HBM).  In the supporting statement, ‘full planning permission is being sought to use the site for a 15 year period to accept construction, demolition and excavation materials ….’. Editor’s note: It will be interesting to see how this application develops as the land appears to be within the area set to be covered by the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and, if not actually on the site proposed for the Paramount project, certainly very close.

Bean Parish Council

Sunday 14 September 1pm – Teddy Bear’s Picnic in Beacon Wood Country Park; free event with entertainment provided by Mrs Back To Front

Wilmington Parish Council

Forum Post – Parking on double yellow lines


High impact and likely to cause delays (from

A226 West Hill (17-19 Sep) – lane closure

Princes Road between Lower Heath Street and Lowfield Street (16-18 Sep) – traffic control, stop/go boards

A226 The Brent (15-17 Sep) – traffic control, two way signals

B2500 Watling Street (until 15 Sep) – traffic control, multi way signals

A225 Dartford Road, Sutton-at-Hone (14-17 Sep) – traffic control, two way signals

New Barn Road, Southfleet (15-18 Sep) – traffic control, multi way signals and further south,

New Barn Road, Southfleet (until 23 Sep) – road closure

B260 Main Road, Longfield (until 19 Sep) – traffic control, two way signals

Hartley Road, Longfield (18-19 Sep) – traffic control, two way signals

Birchwood Road (15-17 Sep) – traffic control, two way signals

Birchwood Road (19-23 Sep) – traffic control, stop/go boards


KCC Highways @KentHighways Dartford Heath, A2: The Westbound exit & entry slip roads for Dartford Heath will be closed 17th Sep,22:00–05:00 to enable Horticulture work.  Dartford Heath, A2: The Eastbound exit & entry slip roads for Dartford Heath will be closed 18th Sep,22:00–05:00 to enable Horticulture work

A282, Dartford Eastbore Tunnel: Closed 15 – 21 Sep, 21:00-05:00(each night) to enable maintenance work. Signed diversion for oversized vehicles.  A282, Dartford Westbore Tunnel: Closed 19th Sep,21:30–05:30 to enable Maintenance work.  Dartford, QEII Bridge: Closed 20th Sep, 22:00-05:00 to enable maintenance work. Diversion via Eastbore Dartford Tunnel.


In addition to the daily News and Tweets updates, there have been a lot of other articles published here this week.  As a recap, I have included links to these below:-

One Year On – 6th September 2013 Dartford Crossing Bomb Hoax

Swanscombe’s Online War Memorial

Litter, Bob Dunn Way, Dartford Borough Council and Kent County Council

Litter and Bob Dunn Way – Dartford Borough Council response

One Year On – 10th September Hesketh Park

One Year On – 11th September Poppy Campaign; Adam Gemili

Swanscombe and Greenhithe Depression Alliance Support Group

The Southeastern Calamity Will Continue For Another Four Years

One Year On 12th September – Dartford Crossing Changes: Acacia

Ebbsfleet Garden City – Today’s ‘Question Time’ Event

Blood Donor Sessions in Dartford Borough

Compiled by @Andyclark57

About the author

Andy Clark is retired after a long career at Lloyds Register and subsequently the Civil Service. He has lived in Dartford for his entire life.

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