IN THE NEWS TODAY

On Saturday, the What If Gallery came to the assistance of Dartford Creative.  Their children’s project was scheduled to be held at One Bell Corner.  However, they had all their equipment stolen but they managed to switch the venue to the What If Gallery.

Christmas is a particularly difficult time of year for children to be in hospital so this festive season, Starlight Children’s Foundation brought a big dose of fun and laughter to poorly children at Darent Valley Hospital when its amazing pop-up pantomime paid a visit today.  Starlight is national charity that grants wishes for seriously and terminally ill children and provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across the UK.  This year’s pantomime is Robinson Crusoe and it has been produced exclusively for Starlight by The Panto Company – further details from Darent Valley Hospital

Following overwhelming demand for the first release of Carol Concert tickets, Dartford Borough Council have increased capacity and booking for the second batch of tickets is now open. This year’s concert takes place on Wednesday 10 December, with gates opening at 6pm and the concert starting at 6.30pm sharp.  The concert will feature traditional carols supported by the Salvation Army Band and The Choir School.  Tickets are once again free to Dartford residents (up to four tickets per household) and available on a first come first served basis.  Details of how to apply at dartford.gov.uk

Kent County Council have launched a consultation about a proposal to build a new school in Dartford – Castle Hill. The new school will be for 420 children aged from 4 to 11 years and will have 14 classes.  The school will be situated on land at the Castle Hill Park Development, Ebbsfleet, Dartford, Kent.  Full details of the consultation, which runs until 12 January 2015 can be found at kent.gov.uk.  There are also information drop in sessions scheduled for 9 December 2014 from 2pm to 4:30 and 6pm to 8:30pm at The Observatory, Southfleet Road, Ebbsfleet, Dartford, Kent, DA10 0DF.

Kent Highways have advised that the coastbound carriageway of the A2 at Dartford Heath, between the entry and exit slip roads will be closed on Wednesday 3 December from 10pm until 5.30am on Thursday 4 December, due to carriageway repair works.

Dartford and Gravesham Leaders predict new crossing will still be needed as traffic pressures keep on growing – further comments from Jeremy Kite Dartford’s Conservative Leader Jeremy Kite and Gravesham’s Labour Leader John Burden at dartford.gov.uk

Both Dartford and Gravesham Council leaders have also confirmed that they are working together to lobby for an extension of Crossrail to serve their two communities.  Further information on this also at dartford.gov.uk

The Government today announced the ‘Biggest upgrade to roads in a generation’.  The only reference to our area comes on page 38 of the ‘Road Investment Strategy’ and refers to improvements to junctions on the A2 at Bean and Ebbsfleet which will support housing growth and new jobs.  Simon Thomson, Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Dartford has responded to this announcement “Todays roads announcement shows that once again, Dartford is being let down by the Conservative led government.  Despite Dartford suffering some of the worst traffic gridlock in the South East, no new road improvements that would help get Dartford moving were included. It’s even more frustrating that the government are simply re-announcing previous schemes, such as improvements to the Bean junction, that they’ve already failed to deliver on. This is a smoke and mirrors announcement from a government that has nothing to offer Dartford.  “The lack of investment in Dartford’s roads is a major cause of the gridlock residents suffer and demonstrates that Dartford’s Conservative MP is simply not standing up for local residents. Dartford needs an MP that is prepared to fight our corner for investment in our roads and if elected in May, that’s exactly what I will do.”

Man jailed after raid on Longfield Co-Op – kent.police.uk

Dart Charge goes live: statement from the Highways Agency – gov.uk

Better journeys begin at Dartford Crossing – gov.uk

Coverage of the weekend’s events at the Dartford Crossing from newsshopper.co.uk

Dartford FC have been given a home tie in the FA Trophy 1st Round.  They will play Solihull Moors, currently in 5th place (and are at present the highest scorers in the division) in the Conference North Division, on Saturday 13 December.

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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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