Delays to refuse and recycling collections – Dartford Borough Council have apologised for any delays to the collections of refuse and recycling in the Borough.  Their contractor, Amey, has had two vehicles break down and consequently some collections in Greenhithe and Swanscombe that were due on Saturday 3 January will be carried out today instead.  All collections will be one day later than normal this week and collections will return to normal from Monday 12 January.  DBC request you put your refuse and recycling bins out on the correct day and Amey will be round to collect them as quickly as possible.

Distraction thefts are being reported in North Kent and Medway. Kent Police Dartford recommend you follow this advice

New Exhibition at Dartford Library: Robert Pocock Herbarium project – Robert Pocock (1760-1830) was born and lived most of his life in Gravesend.  He was a printer but in about 1827 he became bankrupt.  Subsequently he left Gravesend to live in Dartford with his son.  Robert Pocock also collected many plants for his herbarium in the Dartford area and along the River Darent.  More details of the exhibition, which runs until the end of January at

Weston Homes buys £80m Wellcome Factory site – This article from reports that Weston Homes has acquired the historic 7.59 acre Wellcome Factory site in Dartford from Jamie Ritblat of Delancey.  Parties have agreed not to disclose the exact purchase price, but can confirm that it is in the “early teens” in terms of millions. The 7.59 acre Mill Ponds site will be transformed into an £80 million mixed use 400 home waterside “Garden Village” – a 21st century take on the garden suburb.  The new settlement will have a build programme of three years. It will feature a large village pond, high street providing 28,567 sq ft of retail/commercial space and 268,990 sq ft of residential accommodation.  The garden village will consist of apartment buildings and houses.  Construction will begin on site in Summer 2015, with anticipated first occupations and build completion in Autumn 2016.  The report also includes a potted history of the Wellcome Pharmaceutical Factory founded back in 1889.

Kent Highways have reported that Coombfield Drive, Darenth will be closed from today for seven days due to carriageway repair works.

Kent County Council’s consultation regarding the proposal to build a new school at Castle Hill in Dartford is set to end on Monday 12 January.  Further details, including the online response form can be found at

First-time buyers looking to leave London are more likely to set up home in Dartford than anywhere else –

(Sunday) Dartford FC 1 Kidderminster Harriers 2 – Conference Premier Division.  Despite scoring in the opening minute, another defeat leaves the Darts deep in the relegation zone.  The comments of manager, Tony Burman, regarding the match and player news from

(Saturday) Lewisham Borough 1 Kent Football United 2 – Kent Invicta League.  This win means Kent Football United swap places, leaving Lewisham Borough at the bottom of the league table


Saturday 10 January – Kent Football United v Crockenhill

Tuesday 20 January – Live music: Wizz Jones at Dartford Folk Club.  ‘Acoustic guitar, singer-songwriter and bluesman.’

Wednesday 21 January – Celtic U21s v Villareal U21s at Dartford FC.  Premier League International Cup ‘A four-group tournament involving some of the top Premier League Under-21 and elite development teams from England and other European leagues.’

Sunday 22 February – A Night of Clairvoyance with Maria Tucker at Dartford FC.  ‘Raising cash and awareness for the childrens hospice Demelza Hospice Care For Children.



Saturday’s update  now includes added comment regarding refuse collection.

Kent County Council: Dartford Library Consultation Response (including added comment).

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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