New look for Fairfield Pool - story from

A new weekly clinic for babies and children with suspected heart conditions is now available at Darent Valley Hospital – story from

Announcement from Stone Parish Council regarding closure of St James Lane 17-19 March

Heritage Centre opening – announcement from Wilmington Parish Council

Appeal after mobile phone robbery in Swanscombe – story from  Also, coverage from

Man charged with taking jewellery – story from . Also coverage from

Take part in a Police Satisfaction Survey – from


Earlier this week, the Campaign for Fairer Gambling released figures reportedly showing that bookmakers and betting shops have targeted the most deprived and poorest areas, where there is high unemployment, high crime and low income.  The full details and links to articles in the national press can be found here .

The figures relating to Dartford District from this announcement are as follows:-

2011 Population Count – 97,400

FOBT player population (based on British Gambling Prevalence Survey) 3,144

Estimated average FOBT loss per player each year £822

Betting shop licences with ‘active, ‘grant’ or ‘variation’ status at 12/2013 12

Estimated number of FOBTs [based on average density] 44

Estimated cash Inserted to FOBTs to commence/continue play £13,609,768

Estimated gross amount gambled [amount FOBT gamblers wagered] £72,841,014

Estimated gross gambling yield [amount lost by FOBT gamblers] £2,585,856



Committed to supporting people with Dementia in Dartford

Residents set to save thanks to Energy Deal scheme



Monday 10 March – Deed, Trust and Obligations Committee – agenda

Tuesday 11 March – Policy Overview Committee – the full agenda can be read here . Selected items from the agenda include:-

Dartford Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group

Update on Ebbsfleet Valley Development (including Swanscombe Peninsula)

Thursday 13 March – Development Control Board – the full agenda can be read here . Selected items from the agenda include:-

05/00308/OUT< br> Northfleet West Sub Station, Southfleet Road, Swanscombe, Kent. Redevelopment of the site comprising a mixed use of up to 950 dwellings & non-residential floor space for: shopping, food & drink, hotel use; community, health, education & cultural uses; assembly & leisure facilities & associated works to provide the development

Former Village Hall, Rear of 8, High Street , Greenhithe , Kent. DA9 9NS

The Royal Oak, School Lane, Bean, Kent.

Hook Place Farm, Hook Green Road, Southfleet Kent. DA13 9NH

Stone House Site Block A, Cotton Lane, Stone, Kent. DA2 6AU

14/00154/FUL< br> Fairfield Pool & Leisure Centre, Lowfield Street, Dartford, Kent. DA1 1JB


Jonathon Hawkes @CllrJonHawkes Following another serious incident with escaped horses in Stone I’ve written to the council requesting discussions on a long term solution.

Councillor Rich Lees @CouncillorLees Some really lovely photos of our stretch of the river by Marshall Pinsent…

NWKC @NWKCollege We’ve got so much going on at our#OpenDay on 12th March, that you might need a little help deciding what to do first…

DGS Parents Assoc. @DGSPAssoc Tickets now on sale for our Music Quiz on 4th April.Come and join the fun!

Leigh Academy @leighacademy Success in U15 Girls Ruby League

Gateway Vineyard @VineyardGateway Cold weather shelter next 2 nights @VineyardGateway, Saturday night at Brent Methodist, Sunday night at Salvation Army Dartford

Dartford District @Dartford_Dis_FC Looking for sponsors now to help make the #Dartford Primary Schools Football Development plan and huge success.

Peter Cannon ‏@PeterJohnCannon (Thursday) Good #Dartford council cabinet meeting. Pleased to support changes to parking in Darenth Rd which should help the situation there.#Brent

S&G Town Council @SGTownCouncil1  (Thursday) A massive thank you to the residents of S&G. 54 dogs undertook the FREE microchipping arranged by the Town Council in Swanscombe Park today.

S&G Town Council @SGTownCouncil1 Don’t 4get the Police Contact Point in GREENHITHE 2moz 5-6pm. Ur chance 2 meet & discuss issues with the local Police ……

S&G Town Council @SGTownCouncil1 Probably the best quiz night of the weekend – Swanscombe Tigers 2moz 7.30pm @ the RBL London Road. Only £4/person. 07908 644372 for details.  See the following link ;- ……

Joydens Wood Junior @joydens_jnr Very proud of our JW footy team. Played so well at Temple Hill even though we didn’t win. Looking forward to our next game at The Brent!

The Leigh UTC @theleighutc Come along to our ‘create an app’ workshop on Saturday 8th March between 12noon and 4pm. More details on our website

Dartford CC @dartfordcricket Massive thanks to #tweetbluewater for agreeing to fund the printing of 13,500 flyers promoting DCC to go to every pupil in Dartford!

Wilmington PC @pc_wilmington Craft Fair on Sun 23rd March at Dartford Masonic Centre – West Hill from 10-2pm in aid of 1st Wilmington Scouts and 5th Dartford Scout group

Information compiled by @Andyclark57

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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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