IN THE NEWS TODAY

BBC News – Councils in England will see their overall spending power fall by an average of 1.8% from next year. However, some local authorities will see it drop by up to 6.4%.  Most local authority funding comes from central government, with about a quarter raised through council tax.  English councils say this central funding is being cut by 8.8%.  However, government ministers say the amount local authorities can spend – taking into account other resources, including business rates – will fall on average by 1.8%.  According to this report, Dartford’s figure is cut by 0.6%; Kent’s figure actually increases by 0.4%.

According to this report from kentonline.co.uk, according to figures released by the Office of National Statistics, the average annual full-time wages of somebody working in Dartford is £28335.  The equivalent figure for a resident of Dartford is £30351.

Dartford Borough Council have advertised the following planning applications (online search here) in The Reporter (next to the Massage, Adult and Chat Lines ads):-

14/01722/FUL Provision of a new shopfront and roller shutter together with painting of front elevation (Dulux Masonry Weathershield in Concrete Grey) – B F Linklater Opthalmic Opticians, 22 Lowfield Street, Dartford.  This may affect the character or appearance of the Dartford Conservation Area.

14/01707/FUL Erection of new sports hall with associated access and car park – Wilmington Grammar School For Girls, Parsons Lane, Wilmington.  This development is within the Green Belt.

Justice for Claire Tiltman – garethjohnsondartford.co.uk

Derelict London Winter Updates 2014/2015 – includes a feature (and pictures) on Lowfield Street – derelictlondon.com

Today’s Small Business of the Day featured by Dartford Borough Council is Apex Education Training, recruiting staff for the Education Sector.

On Wednesday, Kent Police Assistant Chief Constable Jo Shiner and Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes held a webchat and answered questions from the public.  The topic of street lighting and Kent County Council’s policy was raised.  ACC Shiner’s response was that ‘the issue of street lighting is a decision for Kent County Council.  However, we have kept the issue of street lighting and links to criminality under review but there is no conclusive evidence of it affecting crime levels at this time’.

Tesco has been slammed by the leader of Dartford council after it announced plans to abandon 100 supermarket building projects – kentonline.co.uk.  (Editor’s note: I’m not sure this is ‘new news’.  It seems the same rhetoric of bluster, huff and puff from the Leader of the Council and a lack of alternative proposal or imagination from the Shadow Leader of the Council).

THIS WEEKEND IN DARTFORD

Buses replace trains between Charlton and Dartford via Plumstead on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday

Town Centre Events

Dartford Parkrun; Final High Street Market before Christmas

Sport

Greenwich Borough v Woodstock Sports at Princes Park

Drama/Entertainment

Dick Whittington at The Mick Jagger Centre; Alice at Miskin Theatre (and Sunday); The Magic of Christmas at the Orchard Theatre – Belvedere Concert Band and Guests in aid of Mencap and Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Live Music

Long Way Down  at The Ship Inn, Southfleet ‘from Rock to Pop to Soul to Punk and back again – covers band spanning all eras of music to today’; Rebel Rebel Music Club at Bar Mondo, featuring The Greasy Slicks; Cass; Carnivals; and Bruges; Simon Williams at Bird in Hand, ‘Acoustic guitarist playing your favourites from Oasis, REM, The Eagles and more’; The Alleycats at The Black Horse, Bean, ‘rockin’ rockabilly and 50’s rock’n’roll’.

Sunday Events

Carol Concerts/Services – St Albans Church; Salvation Army Hall; St Edmunds Church; Christmas Truce “Sing-a-long” at The Pavilion, Swanscombe

Other Entertainment

Bolshoi Ballet’s The Nutcracker at Showcase Cinema, live via satellite from Moscow; Peter Pan at the Orchard Theatre

More information about all of the above events and more can be found on our Events Calendar

ADDED TO THE EVENTS CALENDAR

Tuesday 13 January - Dartford FC Business Associates Network event.  ‘Local supporting businesses will be on hand to offer their services from Financial Management, Insurance and Pension advice to new car deals and gym membership’.

TWEETS

PUBLISHED EARLIER

Dartford Borough Council, Tesco Tax and the Town Centre (new comment added).

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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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