This story was published earlier today ‘991 residents petition against the proposed changes to Dartford Central Library’.  Also, it covers yesterday’s Kent County Council meeting, including tributes to John Muckle and the street lighting debate.

An obituary of John Muckle by Geoff Prout as it appeared on

Kent MPs react to Scottish referendum result –  In this article, Gareth Johnson is quoted as saying ‘We need to look at giving greater powers to England, as well as Wales and Ireland.  My gut feeling is that we need to bring in a convention that ensures only English MPs vote on English issues.  It seems to me that there is a desire now for some of the unfairness that applies to England to be tackled.  We have listened to the views of Scotland and now we need to listen to the views of England.  Regarding any move to a new form of regional government ‘I would not want to create an extra tier of bureaucracy.  The Conservatives have been at the forefront of localism and we want to empower local communities more than they have been.

Dartford Crossing changes delayed until late November –  Highways Agency are quoted as saying ‘Dart Charge is a massive change for drivers using the Dartford Crossing and it’s only right that it is thoroughly tested before being introduced.  We want to help drivers to be ready for the improvements we’re making at the Crossing.  That’s why we are saying today that Dart Charge will start during late November.’  The full changes to the road layout are scheduled to be finished by the end of April.  Until Dart Charge goes live, the current payment arrangements are set to continue.  According to this report from, the Freight Transport Association called the delay ‘disappointing’ and ‘the costs of this hold-up are unacceptable to the freight industry’.

Officers working in Dartford will be part of targeted patrols this weekend to deal with alcohol related issues.  The extra focus has been organised to support the national ACPO In Focus campaign on alcohol awareness.  The week of action will begin on today with local policing officers and licensing officers visiting pubs, bars and clubs to provide a visible police presence and to support venues in reducing alcohol-related incidents.  More information from

Princes Road will be closed from the junction of the A282 interchange and Watling Street from 21 September for for up to two days from 7pm until midnight to carry out anti-skid surfacing works – @KentHighways

Dartford markets have now launched their own Facebook page, which can be accessed here

The annual Jobs Fayre at Bluewater shopping centre be held on Friday 26 September, with 1,500 jobs available –

Earlier this month we reported that Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust had been named as one of the 100 best acute trusts, community trusts, clinical commissioning groups and mental health trusts to work for in the English NHS.  Following on from this, the Trust has been shortlisted for a HSJ Awards in the Staff Engagement category.  There were 82 entries for this category alone with only 11 Trusts being shortlisted – further information from Darent Valley Hospital Facebook page


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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