IN THE NEWS TODAY

BBC News – Pressures in England’s A&E units have hit record levels, with the lowest percentage of patients seen within four hours since monitoring began in 2010.  Data showed just under 90% of patients were seen within four hours in the seven days up to 14 December.  The figures for Darent Valley Hospital (DA2 8DA) show that 97.7% of patients were seen within four hours.  More statistics can be seen via this link from BBC News

On Thursday 18 December, tools were stolen from a van in Betsham Road, Swanscombe.  If anyone saw or heard anything, please contact the Police on 101 quoting Crime Number XY/044620/14 – via Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council

Dartford Crossing toll is an ‘invitation to scammers’; Digital expert shows how easy it is to set up fake website taking toll payments from the public – theguardian.com

Wrexham 1 Dartford 3 – Conference Premier Division.  The Darts ended the Welsh side’s six match unbeaten run with goals from Elliot and Tom Bradbrook and Rory McAuley in front of a crowd of 2662.  However, Dartford remain in the drop zone, four points from safety.

New Ash Green 67 Dartford Valley 5 – Kent League Division 2

LOCAL COUNCIL NEWS/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bean Parish Council

Refuse & Recycling Collections over Christmas & New Year.

Darenth Parish Council

Dartford Borough Council Consultation – Launch of Consultation on Dartford Development policies Draft Plan & Options.

Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council

Coming Soon: Youth Club on a Community Bus

Wilmington Parish Council

The Parish Office will be closed from 22 December until Monday 5h January 2015. Emails will be periodically reviewed but for any urgent matter, please contact one of the Parish Councillors  whose details can be found on the Parish Council Members’ Site Page

NEXT WEEK IN DARTFORD

Monday 22 December

Christmas Events at Orchards Shopping Centre (also on Tuesday and Wednesday) – ‘Father Christmas; Face painting; Christmas Fairy hosting games; Make & take crafts; Decorate your own Christmas tree plate; Decorate your own biscuits Puzzles & games.

Christmas Sports Camps at Becket Sports Centre (also on Tuesday) – ‘Monday is cricket, football and general sport; Tuesday is specialist cricket training.

Dartford Natters at The Royal Oak –  ‘A chance to discuss Dartford’s Local Plan and how we can get involved, and get the maximum number of other local people involved, in constructive consultation over this plan; then enjoy that sitting-in-a-pub-just-before-Christmas feeling.’

Dick Whittington at The Mick Jagger Centre

Peter Pan at The Orchard Theatre (and on other dates)

Friday 26 December

Dartford FC v Braintree Town – Conference Premier Division at Princes Park

Details of all of the above and more can be found on our Events Calendar

TWEETS

PUBLISHED EARLIER

Election Watch 2015 (and Saturday 20 December additions)

Dartford Library and Museum; Citizens Advice Bureau and more – DBC Scrutiny Committee meeting

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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