IN THE NEWS TODAY

Kent Police is appealing for information on the whereabouts of a man reported missing from the Dartford area. Bartlomiej Kurpiewski, 27, was last seen at his home address in Castle Street, Greenhithe, at 5.10pm on Wednesday 7 January.  Mr Kurpiewski is a white man around 5ft 9ins, described as having a heavy build.  He is balding, with a round clean-shaven face, and is believed to be wearing black combat trousers, a black fleece top and dark brown boots. Anybody who has seen Mr Kurpiewski, or who has information about his whereabouts, is asked to call Kent Police on 101, quoting incident reference 07-1337.

Jeremy Vine – Radio 2 feature on Tesco and closures – The feature on Tesco starts at 38 minutes (for about 12 minutes) covering the general issues regarding the closures.  At 43 minutes there is an interview with Ray Richardson of Richardson’s the Butchers who talks about Tesco’s handling of acquiring his property.  Jeremy Kite, leader of DBC, is also interviewed in this segment.

Dartford Borough Council: Delays to refuse and recycling collections in Temple Hill and Newtown – We apologise for any delays to the collections of recycling in some parts of the borough.  Our contractor, Amey, has had two collection vehicles breakdown and consequently some recycling collections in Temple Hill and New Town that were due yesterday will be carried out today instead.

Cotton Lane Horses – As reported last night by @PCMartinTaylor, the horses were loose again last night.  Editor’s note –  This matter has been going on for well over a year now; I have lost count how many times I have reported loose horses in this vicinity, they were out on Wednesday morning as well.  I’m sure our already stretched police officers have better things to do than regularly round up loose horses.  It either appears the Borough and/or Parish Councils can’t or choose not to do anything about this; I hope if a tragedy occurs, those responsible have clear consciences.

As reported by BBC News, waiting times in A&E units in England have got even worse in the New Year, figures show. The data for the week up to Sunday saw 86.7% of patients seen in four hours.  The target is 95%.  Darent Valley Hospital’s figure has fallen to 81.1%.

Stone Parish Council have published the agenda for the Parish Council meeting on Wednesday 14 January.  Items to be considered include approval of the Budget for 2015/16; update regarding the progress of the Stone Neighbourhood Plan; response to Dartford Borough Council’s Development Policies Plan Consultation; planning applications regarding a new hotel, 83 residential apartments and applications relating to St Mary’s Church.

Darent Valley Hospital  and the Care Quality Commission will be carrying out a survey of women who have recently used their maternity service as part of a national programme to improve quality of care – further details from Darent Valley Hospital

A green Mercedes registration number KX02 WFO was stolen from Ames Road, Swanscombe on Thursday 8 January. If you have any information, please call the Police on 101 quoting Crime Number XY/000878/15 – Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council

Redhills, ‘one of the UK’s leading asbestos and environmental consultancies’ has opened a new office at the Nucleus Business and Innovation Centre, Brunel Way, Dartford

Police investigate assault claims after pensioner removed from Gravesend hotel – kentonline.co.uk

Young Reporter: PSA: Important changes to the Dartford Crossing – newsshopper.co.uk

BLOGS/NEWS FROM OTHERS RE TOWN CENTRE/ LOWFIELD STREET (some of these have been previously published here)

Tesco development U-turn leaves Dartford reeling – theguardian.com

Dartford loses a Tesco but gets new housing developments – fromthemurkydepths.wordpress.com

Dartford – is the decline terminal? Sadly, yes – thamesfacingeast.wordpress.com

Town Centre Blight is back from the 1960s, and is just rudeness – stevenboxall.wordpress.com

Blight, Town Centres and Temporary Use – stevenboxall.wordpress.com

ADDED TO THE EVENTS CALENDAR

Thursday 5 February – Games Show Challenge at Princes Park.  ‘Ever fancied taking part in a game show?  Now is your chance…

Saturday 14 February – Vintage Valentine Event at Swanscombe Leisure Centre.  Mayor’s Charity Fund event featuring Brandyn Shaw and his Rhythm Makers.

Friday 20 February – Cancer information and support drop in at High Street, Dartford

Saturday 21 March and Sunday 22 March – Buses replace trains between Plumstead and Dartford

TWEETS

For any of you who might not know, Elizabeth Jones is UKIP’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Dartford.

PUBLISHED EARLIER

Lowfield Street: Statement From Dartford Labour Group

Dartford Rail Travellers Association – A Voice For Dartford Rail Users

Editorial: My Opinion And Suggestion For Lowfield Street (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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