Could Argos be the next major store to depart from the town centre or will this be an additional outlet? – Planning application received by Dartford Borough Council – 14/01803/VCON Application for Variation of Condition 22 of planning permission DA/84/00348/OUT in respect of Reference Number: DA/84/0348/OUT (The premises shall be used for the retail sale of DIY home improvement, garden and associated products and for no other purpose including any other purpose within Class 1 of the Schedule of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1972 nor any electrical, furniture, carpets or other discount warehouse operation) to allow for the sale of non-food goods by catalogue showroom retailer from up to 185m2 of the existing sales area Homebase, 394 Princes Road, Dartford, Kent DA1 1LA.

Planning application received by Dartford Borough Council – 14/01784/OUT Outline application for erection of a four storey hotel to be less than 2,787 square metres and 83 No. residential apartments across two blocks of five and six storeys with associated parking, cycle space, communal amenity space and playground with construction of a new access onto Crossways Boulevard, Land North Of St Marys Road, Stone.

Election Leaflets – I came across the site the other day.  I think this is a great idea allowing openness, transparency and a chance to see if various candidates actually carry out their election promises.  It’s a shame more aren’t on there for our constituency but I’ll be adding some recent leaflets and any future ones.  If anyone else can do the same it will help build up a better picture of our candidates and their pre-election pledges.

A report from, states that in Dartford, 110 people visited the food bank at The Vineyard Centre in Market Street last Tuesday, with a similar turnout expected on Tuesday this week.  The centre remained open for single people, families and rough sleepers one day a week over Christmas.  Co-ordinator Sue Waterman said there had not been a huge increase compared to users last year but more homeless people were using food banks.  She said: “It was pretty manic but although we were kept busy it was so rewarding to help people in the run-up for Christmas.”

Dartford FC have signed left sided midfielder/defender Nathan Green from Dagenham and Redbridge on a free transfer.  The 6 ft 2, 23 year old played for Lewes, Bromley and Tonbridge Angels before he signed for the Daggers.  Tony Burman speaking on said: “I’d like to welcome Nathan to the club on a permanent basis and he will go straight into the squad for Sunday’s game against Kidderminster Harriers.  With the transfer window opening I have made a number of approaches for players to strengthen the team; some will be loan deals and I’m hoping that others will be permanent deals like Nathan’s.”

A young man is thought to have been stabbed in Heath Street on Friday evening –

Heartless ‘idiots’ tear down Christmas lights at Ingress Park –


Bean Parish Council

Energy Deal January 2015 – message from Dartford Borough Council; register by 2 February.

Darenth Parish Council

Forum post regarding Winners Chapel parking – ‘Pleased to see that this issue may get addressed by the council, parking a line of buses and coaches on a blind bend is dangerous enough but recently they’ve began parking on both sides of the road. From experience, coming round that bend in the middle of the road to find a lorry coming in the opposite direction is not fun’.

Wilmington Parish Council

Agenda for January Meeting of the Council on Wednesday 7 January


Monday 5 January

Dreamboats and Miniskirts at the Orchard Theatre (until Saturday).

Tuesday 6 January

Live music: Kieran Halpin at Dartford Folk Club.

Wednesday 7 January

Quiz Night at Dartford Working Mens Club.

Thursday 8 January

Building a Business? at Dartford Library ‘Get free support and advice to help develop your business further with the Kent Business Academy.’

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

PLANNED ROADWORKS NEXT WEEK (likely to cause delays according to (

A2026 Victoria Road, two-way traffic signals until Tuesday 6 January.

A2026 Hythe Street, two-way traffic signals from Wednesday 7 January until Friday 9 January.

A226 Market Street, stop/go boards from Wednesday 7 January until Friday 9 January.

A296 Watling Street, outside Shine Car Wash, from Thursday 8 January until Monday 12 January.

A226 London Road, Greenhithe, two-way traffic signals from Thursday 8 January until Monday 12 January.

New Barn Road, Southfleet, two-way traffic signals from Wednesday 7 January until Friday 9 January.

B260 Green Street Green Road, Longfield, outside Pinden Recycling Centre, two-way traffic signals from Monday 5 January until Wednesday 14 January.

A225 Main Road, Sutton-at-Hone, stop/go boards from Wednesday 7 January until Friday 9 January.

Leyton Cross Road, two-way traffic signals from Monday 5 January until Wednesday 7 January.


Wednesday 14 January (and until Saturday 17 January) – Dead Simple at the Orchard Theatre.  World premiere of a play adapted from the book which has sold over 2 million copies.

Wednesday 14 January – Greenwich Borough v Canterbury City,  SECFL

Saturday 17 January – Greenwich Borough v St Austell, FA Vase Fourth Round (last 32)

Sunday 18 January – The Adult Panto: Aladdin Trouble at the Orchard Theatre.  ‘The Market Theatre Company return to give the older generation a viable alternative to the family pantomime’.

Monday 19 January – Once Upon A Time at the Orchard Theatre. A community performace platform.  ‘Over the last few months local schools, groups and colleges have been sharing stories and exploring different ways of using dance and theatre to tell their chosen tales. Once upon a time presents a collection of movement pieces that celebrates the beauty of dance and the tradition of stories’.

Thursday 22 January – National Theatre Live: Treasure Island at Showcase Cinema, Bluewater.  ‘Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre’.

Saturday 24 January – Meet Grace Helbig at Waterstones, Bluewater.  The comedienne will be signing copies of her book Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown-Up.


Editor’s note: If my assumption is correct, residents have to be understanding of the position.  However, I fail to understand why DBC do not issue updates on their website when there are delays.  In this day and age, there is no excuse for poor or no communication.


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.

1 comment on “Saturday 3rd January – Dartford News and Tweets”

  1. Jake Etheridge Reply

    Many in Newtown failed to realise that refuse was to be collected later than usual. Strong winds blew rubbish from bins left in the streets for days and the area looks like a dump. I’m told the council did leave notices on top of bins, but these were blown away (the budget apparently didn’t stretch to a hole punch and rubber bands).

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