IN THE NEWS
Statement by Jeremy Kite, Leader of Dartford Borough Council Conservative Group, on Tesco – dartford-conservatives.co.uk.
Editor’s note – Overall, I find this announcement encouraging. Here are some of my immediate reactions:-
‘The Council does not own the land and must search for solutions that are acceptable to local people, contribute positively to our town and can be delivered.’ This should be at the forefront of residents’ minds. At present Tesco still hold all the aces and until they make clear their intentions, there is little anybody can do about it. However, it will be important that if/when Tesco decide to offload their assets that DBC are ready to react to whatever transpires.
‘We must lead from the front, harness the power of residents’ ideas and act openly & decisively. We know we must find ways to let all the people of Dartford be meaningfully engaged in the future of Lowfield Street. Events are moving fast and so too must public engagement.’ Meaningful consultation with all interested people can only be a benefit to all concerned. This should be actively encouraged.
‘We know only too well that there is great mistrust whenever Councils talk about ‘consultation’ because residents are frequently engaged too late and offered too few options.’ A definite step in the right direction and something that, in my opinion, has been sadly lacking in the past.
‘It is clear that new laws and regulations are needed to constrain the power of supermarkets to buy land crucial to local communities and then casually discard it. This is not a Dartford problem, but a national one.’ If this has not already been done, DBC should be making immediate contact with Gareth Johnson, MP to see what can or can’t be done regarding this subject.
‘We believe that working openly, working together and involving as many local people, groups and businesses as possible is the right way’. Again, a statement that should be actively encouraged.
Kent Police – Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are appealing for witnesses to a collision in East Hill, on Friday, 9 January. At about 2.53pm a silver Honda Civic was travelling along the one way system and has turned left to go up East Hill. For unknown reasons the car has mounted the pavement colliding with a pedestrian. The 34-year-old woman was taken to a London hospital where she remains in a stable condition. PC Jamie Woodhams said: “We have spoken to the driver of the car involved but we would urge anyone that has not spoken to police at the scene or contacted us that may have seen the incident to call the witness line.” Anyone with information should call 01622 798538 quoting reference 09-0807.
Pat Lamb: Family and girlfriend informed as body found in River Medway – kentonline.co.uk
Firefighters tackle blaze in Bean after rubbish in driveway was set on fire – kentonline.co.uk
Burgess Hill 1 Dartford FC 2 – FA Trophy Second Round. An early penalty from Harry Crawford and a late winner from Danny Harris, means that Dartford progress to the last 16 of this year’s competition. The draw for the next round takes place tomorrow.
Kent Football United 2 Crockenhill 3 – Kent Invicta League. Report, including images, from stevebthegroundhopper.blogspot.co.uk
Dartford Valley 0 Foots Cray 46 – Kent League Division 2
ADDED TO THE EVENTS CALENDAR
Tuesday 27 January (and until Saturday 31 January) – Calamity Jane at the Orchard Theatre. ‘A new production of the classic musical, starring Jodie Prenger.’
@DartfordMatters MISSING CAT on Anne of Cleves Road. Very shy, likes hiding, all black, no collar, named Rex. Pls RT. pic.twitter.com/4M8rd6xS8K
— Hannah J (@Lady_Hannah_J) January 11, 2015