With Kent above the national average for excess weight among adults, and year six children among the most overweight in the South East, Kent County Council is supporting National Obesity Awareness Week (12 to 18 January) by reminding residents of the support services available to help them get active.  The percentage of overweight and obese adults in Kent is 64.6% (compared to 63.8% nationally) which equates to 771,476 people aged 16 and above. Swale, Shepway and Dartford have the highest levels of adult obesity in Kent.  Further details from

An Ipetition has been set up entitled ‘Force Tesco to Sell Land Owned in Dartford’.  ‘Tesco have finally announced that they will not be building a new store in Dartford more than a decade after they acquired the land, forced local business to close or relocate and left Dartford looking like a ghost town.  By signing this petition, you declare that you find the actions of Tesco utterly disgraceful and that you believe they should be forced to sell the land they own in Dartford at auction in a stance against their disgusting actions’.

A2 Bean Interchange, Dartford, Kent: Safety improvement – Lane closures and a 50mph speed limit will be in place on the London-bound carriageway along with a full closure of the London-bound entry slip road at the Bean Interchange overnight, between 10pm and 5am, on Monday 12 January for two nights.  When the slip road is closed, a clearly signed diversion will be in place via the B255, A296 and the A282.

Greenhithe search team discover body, believed to be that of missing Bartlomiej Kurpiewski –

Kent Air Ambulance lands after woman is hit by a car in East Hill –

The mystery behind meat carcasses dumped at the Enchanted Woodland solved –


Dartford Borough Council

Planning application received: 14/01675/LBC application for Listed Building Consent for conversion of former police lock-up into a two bedroom dwelling and the erection of 3 No. two bedroom flats over the adjacent derelict building to form additional undercroft parking and bin storage area, former Police Lock Up, West Hill, Dartford DA1 2EN. There is a heritage statement attached to this application.

Stone Parish Council

Minutes published: Meeting of the Youth Services Committee held on 17 October 2014.

Agenda published: Meeting of the Youth Services Committee to be held on Friday 16 January.

Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council

Agenda published: Meeting of the Finance and General Purposes Committee to be held on Thursday 15 January.

Election Awareness Event – Thursday 5 March.  ‘Your Community needs you.  Become a Local Councillor – make a difference.’

Wilmington Parish Council

Alice in  Pantoland – A Pavilion Players Production, Saturday 17, Sunday 18 and Saturday 24 January.


Monday 12 January

Testament of Youth with Q&A from the BFI at Showcase Cinema.  ‘Testament of Youth is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain.

Tuesday 13 January

Dartford FC v FC Halifax Town – Conference Premier Division.

Liz Simcock Trio at Dartford Folk Club.  ‘One of the more accomplished singer-songwriters on the folk/acoustic scene’.

Wednesday 14 January

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

Greenwich Borough v Canterbury City at Princes Park – Southern Counties Eastern Football League.

Thursday 15 January

Blood Donor Session at St Anselms Church

Friday 16 January

Farmers Market – Dartford High Street

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 (

A206/A2026 Burnham Road, two-way traffic signals until Monday 19 January.

A2026 Victoria Road, multi-way signals from Friday 16 January until Tuesday 20 January.

A226 Instone Road, lane closure from Monday 12 January until Wednesday 14 January.

A226 East Hill,  two-way traffic signals from Monday 12 January until Friday 23 January.

A226 London Road, Stone, stop/go boards from Thursday 15 January until Monday 19 January.

A206 Crossways Boulevard, lane closures on Wednesday 14 January and also from Friday 16 January until Tuesday 20 January.

A206/B255 St Clements Way, lane closure on Thursday 15 January.

B262 Station Road, Southfleet, multi-way signals from Monday 12 January until Wednesday 14 January.

B260 Green Street Green Road, Longfield,  two-way traffic signals from Thursday 15 January until Friday 16 January.

A225 Hawley Road, Sutton-at-Hone, multi-way signals from Monday 12 January until Wednesday 14 January.

A225 Hawley Road, Sutton-at-Hone, two-way signals from Thursday 15 January until Monday 19 January.

Birchwood Road, Wilmington, multi-way signals on Thursday 15 January.


Saturday 24 January – Taylormade Dance Open Day at the Mick Jagger Centre.  ‘Come along to our open day with performances from each dance genre and a chance to join in.

Saturday 24 January – The Blue Note Outfit at The Hufflers Arms.  ‘Rockabilly Americana’.

Sunday 25 January – Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake at Showcase Cinema.  ‘Live via satellite from Moscow.’

Saturday 31 January – Live music: The Dirty Bullet Band at The Woodman.  ‘A local band performing the best of Rock, Pop, Indie & Blues.

Saturday 28 February – Johnny Cash Tribute at Oddfellows Arms

Saturday 28 February – Live music: Skabretta at The Woodman.  ‘Performing the best of SKA, Reggae & Two Tone.

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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