UK Power Networks is once again monitoring the weather closely and are in regular contact with the Met Office as the forecast of unsettled weather develops.  Strong winds and occasional heavy rain is predicted to affect the East and South East of England Wednesday night 14  January into the early hours of Thursday morning.  Further information from

News report from ITV News Meridian on Monday covering a future Lower Thames Crossing and the Paramount project.  It finishes with the hunch that Dartford is likely to be the site for any new crossing.

A226 The Brent, near the junction with Brentfield Road – Thursday 15 January until Friday 16 January, two-way traffic signals delays likely according to

A206/B255 St Clements Way – Friday 15 January, lane closure, delays likely according to

Dartford High Street: There will be a bus lane suspension in place from Saturday 24 January   for up to 16 days due to a new water supply – Kent Highways

Councillor Derek Hunnisett (Conservative Dartford Borough Councillor – Wilmington) – There is to be a public Meeting in Wilmington Memorial Hall on Friday 16 January at 7pm, to discuss the planning application for access to the Stables from Stock Lane.

Dartford Valley Rugby Club recently over a cheque for £203.74 to The Mayor of Dartford for money which the club had collected on their “Twelve Bars of Christmas” on the 20 December 2014.  The event was quite a challenge: to visit twelve pubs and bars in central Dartford with a festive drink in each one – not everyone completed it! John Davis-Ashdown (President of DVRFC) said, ‘I was amazed at the generosity of the people in each pub, who gladly donated to The Mayor’s charities.’ The club also unveiled to Cllr Avtar Sandhu its Youth Rugby project that will be starting on 12 April at The Leigh CTC.  Head of Youth Rugby, Luke Stickings said, ‘DVRFC has so much to offer the community, giving the youngsters in Dartford a safe and well-managed environment in which to play such a great sport for girls and boys.  Apart from non-contact rugby skills, the players will learn teamwork, respect, discipline, improve their fitness and most importantly, have fun and make new friends. This project is the future for rugby in Dartford.

Dartford FC 1 FC Halifax Town 2 – Conference Premier League.  The Darts league woes continued last night.  Harry Crawford opened the scoring after 9 minutes but the visitors, who had two players sent off, returned to Yorkshire with all three points.


Saturday 24 January – Live music: Transmission Control Division at Fox and Hounds.  ‘TCD is an homage [rather than a tribute band] by fans of old, to the short, chaotic, inspired journey that was Joy Division.

Tuesday 27 January – Local and family history drop-in session at Dartford Library.  ‘Explore the archives with local authors, using photos, books, newspapers and online resources.  For details call 03000 413131.

Saturday 31 January – Live music: Si’s Smokin’ Aces at Dartford Working Men’s Club

Saturday 7 March – Race Night at Princes Park.  ‘Ascot Race Evening in aid of Mia’s Milestones’.



Tuesday 13th January – Dartford News and Tweets (Part 2) (with added comment)

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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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