Gridlocked traffic – Overrunning works in one of the Dartford tunnels was to blame for the gridlocked traffic in Dartford today.  Gridlocked traffic in Dartford is a matter which we have written about on many occasions.  Here’s a reminder of what Councillor Kite, Leader of the Conservative controlled Dartford Borough Council, said on on 1 December last year:-

“That new thinking must bring together ALL the threads of a journey and that means focussing NOT just on the M25 but also on local roads, rail services, buses, footpaths and cycling connections.  If we are serious about creating a modern, viable community then an equally modern and co-ordinated transport system must be at the very heart of it. Residents and businesses must have a fair expectation that journey times will be predictable and not wrecked by delays.  Businesses must be able to expand and know that staff can get to-and-from work whilst residents should be able to spend time with their families, not trapped in jams with lots of other frustrated motorists.”

Work on the closure of Powder Mill Lane to through traffic is due to commence on 2 February  and, according to Kent County Council, should take two weeks to complete.  Full details, including closure of a westbound lane of A225 Princes Road and the installation of replica gunpowder barrels, can be seen on Wilmington Parish Council’s website

Dartford Borough Council – There is still time to have your say on the Dartford Development Policies Draft Plan and Options. Visit and give your feedback by midday on 30 January.

Dartford Borough Council – Make sure you’re registered to vote ready for this year’s general and local elections. Everyone is now responsible for registering themselves – just visit

Stone Parish Council have published the minutes of the meeting of the Youth Services Committee held on Friday 16 January.

Southfleet pub landlord to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for charities –

A Stone man has been convicted of fraud offences by selling electronic items as new, when they were used and not working.  He was sentenced to 42 days in prison, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months –


Saturday 28 February – Mayor of Dartford’s Charity Ball


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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