Kent County Council has agreed to press ahead with converting its stock of 120,000 street lights to LED with Central Management System (CMS) technology.  Improvements in LED lighting technology will reduce KCC’s street lighting energy bill by around 60%, meaning that the Council will able to return every residential area to all-night lighting. This may be dimmed a little after peak hours but it will be here to stay.  The scheme will cost around £40m and the County Council will be undertaking a procurement exercise to see how the best deal can be got and then be paid for using the energy and maintenance savings.  Subject to the Council’s budget processes and ultimate affordability, conversion to LED could start in late 2015 or early 2016 and take three years to complete.  The scheme will be introduced in two phases: in the first phase residential areas will be converted first, this element of the project taking around a year to complete; phase two will see the remaining areas, the town centres and the main routes, being converted.  Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, David Brazier, said:

“We meet with Kent Police on a regular basis and they have indicated that there has been no overall increase in crime since the introduction of part-night lighting.  However, many residents want all night lighting and this will be affordable with LED technology while delivering huge savings in energy and carbon tax. Also, LED gives a better, more focussed light that is highly controllable and economical to maintain.  This is great news for Kent tax payers and I am delighted to announce this proposal.”

Powder  Mill Lane Closure – The following message has been posted on our Facebook Page:

Please sign and share my online petition against the closure of the Powdermill Lane width restriction. The steep hill is hazardous enough already without it becoming the only access route to Springfield Lodge nursery. We need to have a public consultation about this –  

Dartford Matters response:

I haven’t had chance to fully study this matter but this document submitted to Dartford Borough Council’s Joint Transportation Board indicates that there was a consultation  The matter was considered by the JTB on 10 June 2014 and the minutes read:

The Board considered a report on a proposal to introduce the closure of Powdermill Lane, Wilmington at the current location of a width restriction in that Road.

Powdermill Lane has been the subject of local concern for some time due to the high volume of through traffic, particularly since the construction of housing in Warwick Way at the western end of the Lane.  Through traffic is using the Lane as a short cut between Hawley Road and Princes Road to avoid this busy section of the A225.

It was also noted that the closure was being made in association with complementary measures at the adjacent Questor Business Estate and was to be funded by the use of S106 monies available arising from nearby housing developments.

It additionally reported that Local Members were in favour of the closure as it would address a number of on – going traffic safety issues in the area.

RESOLVED: To recommend approval of the appropriate Traffic Regulation Order to the Kent County Council Cabinet Member subsequent, to the implementation of traffic management measures on the Questor Business Estate.

EDIT: I have since found this on Kent County Council’s website - The Kent County Council (Various Roads, Dartford) (Traffic Management) Consolidation (Amendment No 1) Order 2015


Do you love to be outdoors and want to help your community?  If your answer is yes then volunteering as a Countryside Access Warden may be ideal for you.  Wardens carry out simple tasks on Public Rights of Way such as clearing overgrown vegetation and  improving way-marking so people can use footpaths, bridleways and byways easily.  Kent County Council are looking for volunteers to become Countryside Access Wardens in Southfleet and surrounding areas.  You need to be over 18, fit enough to carry out light physical duties and able to spare at least a couple of hours every month at times convenient to you.  Further details from Southfleet Parish Council 

Southfleet Parish Council have published the agenda for their February meeting.

Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council have published the agenda for the meeting of the Committee on Thursday 5 February.

Wilmington Parish Council have published the agenda for their meeting on Wednesday 4 February.


Details of all of these events and more can be found on our Events Calendar


Return To The Forbidden Planet at the Orchard Theatre (until Saturday).  ‘The Olivier Award winning rock spectacular is returning on a much anticipated 25th anniversary UK tour.’


Blood Donor Session at Longfield Community Hall.

Sleeping Beauty – A Family Pantomime (and until Saturday).  Presented by Dartford Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society.

Expedition at Miskin Theatre (and until Saturday).  ‘This fast paced and technical show delivers exciting choreography and themes through different styles of dance.’

Live music: The Askew Sisters at Dartford Folk Club.  ‘The sisters use fiddle, melodeon and concertina to breathtaking effect, creating cinematic arrangements that get to the very heart of each song.’


Thursday Night Kitchen Live.  ‘Come and see us prepare and serve you tasty gourmet food and mouth watering morsels with a variety of food suitable for any palette.’

Games Show Challenge.  ‘Ever fancied taking part in a game show?  Now is your chance...’


Quiz Night at Dartford Grammar School.

Quiz Night at Dartford Harriers.

PLANNED ROADWORKS NEXT WEEK (likely to cause delays according to (

Mill Pond Road, lane closure until 5 March.

A226 East Hill, Dartford, two-way traffic signals from Tuesday 3 February until Monday 16 February.

A2018 Shepherds Lane, multi-way traffic signals until 17 July.

B2174/A296 Highfield Road / Princes Road, two-way traffic signals from Tuesday 3 February until Wednesday 4 February and then again from Friday 6 February until Saturday 7 February.

Powder Mill Lane, road closure from Monday 2 February.

A225 Hawley Road, near Warren Road, two-way traffic signals until Thursday 5 February.

Station Road, Southfleet, stop/go boards from Thursday 5 February until Tuesday 9 February.

New Barn Road, Southfleet, two-way traffic signals from Tuesday 2 February until Thursday 4 February.

B260 Main Road, Longfield,  stop/go boards until Wednesday 3 February.

B260 Green Street Green Road, Darenth, at the junction with Hill Rise, stop/go boards until Tuesday 2 February.


For easy reference, here is the link to planning application 14/01767/COU, which includes the approval and conditions.



In response to yesterday’s article about Gravesend’s new initiative regarding litter and dog fouling:

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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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