Another step has been taken to prepare for Aldi’s arrival in Dartford as the planning application for change of use of the first floor of Unit 12/13 of The Orchards Shopping Centre from ancillary storage for retail (A1) to a gym (D2); external alterations to the Shopping Centre building to allow the subdivision of the ground floor of unit 12/13 etc. have now been permitted by Dartford Borough Council.  Full details of application 14/01215/COU can be found on

In other planning news, the application 14/01178/COU for change of use of part of site for provision of an ice rink, kiosk and marquee from November to January each year (maximum of three months) at Hawley Garden Centre has been refused by DBC.  The reasons for this can be seen here.

KCC Highways have advised that St Clements Way, Greenhithe will be closed between Mount Road and Bean Road for 12 days from 3 November.  The bus lane restriction will be lifted.  There will be signed diversions.

With not one participant in a recent Foot Rally being able to successfully locate the Parish Office, the Parish Council decided that it would be appropriate to commission a Green Plaque to be placed on the wall of the Oakfield Park Pavilion where the Parish Office is situated.  The Plaque records that the Parish Council was established in 1894 – Wilmington Parish Council

The British high street brand Bubbleology is opening the first Bubbleology bar in Kent on Saturday 1  November.  The tea bar is situated on level one near House of Fraser in the Bluewater Shopping Centre.  To celebrate the opening, Bubbleology will be giving away free Bubble Tea for shoppers between 11am and 1pm (one free drink per customer) – further information can be seen at

Dartford youngster chosen for Orchard pantomime –

Update from Darent Valley Hospital regarding the Endoscopy Unit Consultation event.

Construction work starts on new Europa HQ in Dartford –

Dartford man banned from driving for three years for drink driving –


Wednesday 12 November – Business Start Up Surgery, free guidance on setting up and running a new business in Dartford


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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