In remembrance of the sacrifices made by so many people during the First World War Susan Acott, CEO of Darent Valley Hospital talks about the war and how it affected life at the Dartford Hospitals during the conflict.  The full article can be read on DVH’s Facebook Page

Dart Charge launches 30 November – From that date, you will no longer pay for the Dartford Crossing at the barriers. Press release and FAQs from

ITV News coverage of the latest round of London Paramount exhibitions.  It includes mentions of the plans to have a direct access road from the A2 straight into the park, either under or over current roads in its path.  It also includes footage of Swanscombe High Street.  The consultation events in the Borough continue tomorrow at the Civic Centre in Dartford; on Saturday at Swanscombe Leisure Centre; and on Tuesday at Bluewater.  Further details are available on our Events Calendar

Update/information on roadworks at St Clements Way received from KCC Member Peter Harman regarding the roadworks at St Clements Way ‘Thank you for informing me of your concerns about the current state of the roadway on the southbound carriageway of St Clements Way, Greenhithe.  There have been two sets of contractors working there; one building the new road junction and the other carrying out repairs and relining the road markings to the north of the junction.  Unfortunately there has been some confusion and some road markings are incorrect.  I have been at meetings today and on the way home drove down St Clements Way to have a look at the situation. I must say that I was surprised that the roadway was left in such a confusing manner. Following this I have asked the on-call Highway Engineer to visit the site this evening to ensure it is safe overnight, and tomorrow morning they will meet in order to rectify the problem. I would like to apologise on behalf of KCC, and to thank all those members of the public who took the time to report this matter either to myself, to Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council, and to Stone Parish Council’ – further information from Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council

Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group have published a five year plan for healthcare. This can be downloaded from  Some key figures from this document – It is estimated that there will be an increase of 11% in the DGS population by 2023 (28,620 more people and this is potentially going to increase as a result of the Ebbsfleet Garden City development); there will be an increase of 49%  in the number of people over the age of 85 (2,889 people); and 60% of hospital funding will be spent on treating elderly patients with complex needs and multiple health conditions.

Church Hall in East Dartford sold – according to, this property has now been sold.  Described as ‘a local landmark building from a traditional façade, the property provides approximately 8,500 sq ft of accommodation over ground and first floors (to be confirmed)’.  It was advertised as OIEO £900,000.

Dartford Borough Council is looking for individuals to serve on its Independent Remuneration Panel whose job is to recommend the levels of allowances paid to local Councillors.  More details from

Is your child due to start school in September 2015? You can apply for a school place from Tuesday (11 November) – further details from

Coverage of the Claire Tiltman murder trial – and

Depressed, deserted Dartford –

Kent County Council consultation on pharmacies – how often do you use your local pharmacy? Does your town need more?  These are some of the questions being put to Kent residents in a new consultation out now.

Stone Parish Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire, closing date 12 November – Stone Parish Council are asking residents to complete the Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire (takes about 10 minutes).  This is an opportunity for residents to have their say and influence future development of the area.

Ginger cat found, Stone area (DA9 9DZ) – details from nationalpetregister.orgThe cat turned up last October.  It never left my parents garden and slept in greenhouse. He/she was very nervous but now we can stroke the cat as he gained our trust.  I have advertised on several sites but had no replies so I’m trying again as my parents can’t keep the cat.  Hopefully someone will recognise him/her.  Although it does concern me whether the cat had been mistreated as he was so nervous in the beginning that you couldn’t even stroke him’.

The draft minutes from Dartford Borough Council’s Development Board Control meeting on 30 October have now been published.  The main item on the agenda was 14/01180/FUL , land to the rear of St Marys Road Stone – the erection of 53 dwellings comprising 35 x 2 bed apartments,15 x 3 bed and 3 x 4 bed houses together with the construction of a new access road, parking spaces, bicycle spaces, refuse stores, associated landscaping, communal amenity space and playground.  This application was approved, subject to conditions.  One interesting observation was made regarding a possible future extension to Crossrail – ‘Safeguarding is in place to extend the Crossrail service from Abbey Wood to Gravesend and Hoo Junction.  Works at Stone Crossing station may include the westwards extension of the existing platforms, removal of the level crossing and erection of a passenger footbridge together with associated railway works.  An area of land adjacent to the station has been designated as being of ‘surface interest’.  It is possible that this land may be temporarily acquired as a construction site to facilitate the works’.

Dartford Sharks Basketball have a home fixture tonight. Tip Off 20.15 at the Becketts Sports Centre, Dartford. Admission is free.

Academy result (Wednesday) Dartford Whites 8 Crystal Palace FTA 1


The Government has today released a Statistical bulletin: Workless Households for Regions across the UK, 2013.  The figures relating to Dartford are shown in the table below, along with the comparative figures for Gravesham and Kent as a whole.

Working Households Mixed Households Workless Households
Thousands Per Cent Thousands Per Cent Thousands Per Cent
Kent 247 54.3 141 30.9 67 14.8
Dartford 20 62.0 8 26.0 4 11.9
Gravesham 16 52.7 10 32.5 4 14.8


Friday 7 November – GiggleKidz Launch Day at Tree Estate Community Centre.  Launch Day – Smiles Soft Play Hire in attendance, local press and Dartford’s Mayor.

Friday 7 November – Later with Masquerade at Miskin Theatre ‘For one night only, and to celebrate 25 years of Masquerade, we bring you an evening of live music with four fantastic live bands’.

Saturday 15 November – Quiz Night at Maypole School.

Sunday 16 November –  Becca Fitzpatrick, author of the bestselling ‘Hush Hush’ series of novels will be signing copies of her new book, ‘Black Ice’ at Waterstones Bluewater West

Saturday 22 November – Rebel Rebel Music Club at Bar Mondo.  Live music featuring Coronation Ball, Catherine Valve, Joanna McGowan and Phil Wyatt.

Sunday 7 December – Quiz Night at Dartford Football Club



Dartford’s Police Crime Figures – September 2014

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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