Mark Steel’s In Town (available on the Iplayer for the next four weeks) – Originally recorded at the Mick Jagger Centre and broadcast on Radio 4 in April 2010, the Swanley born comedian’s take on Dartford and the surrounding areas. Mentions of  ‘good butcher’, the ‘Co-op’ and Railway Tavern’.  Also, features on Wat Tyler, Bluewater, the Dartford Crossing and Mick Jagger.

NWKC Football Academy with Gillingham FC – The North West Kent College Football Academy is aimed at young people, between the ages of 16 and 18, who have a genuine enthusiasm for football.  The scheme offers the chance to gain academic qualifications, which are essential for future job opportunities, as well as fulfilling your potential on the football pitch.  You will gain a recognised educational qualification and top class football coaching, from UEFA ‘A’ and ‘B’ licensed coaches.  You will also get to play competitive football, to a high standard.  Further details, including trial dates, can be found at 

Dartford pervert jailed for 17 years -

Dartford FC 2 Bristol  Rovers 2 – Conference Premier Division.  Despite falling behind twice, two goals from Ryan Hayes were enough to earn a point against high-flying Rovers.  However, the Darts remain firmly anchored in the relegation zone.

Dartford Valley 5 Whitstable 37 – Kent League Division 2


Tuesday 17 February – Live music: Tom McConville and Andy Watt at Dartford Folk Club.  ‘The Newcastle Fiddle Player, Tom McConville, is a fine player and singer who performs both traditional and contemporary music.  He is joined by exciting young guitarist, mandolinist and songwriter Andy Watt.


Powder Mill Lane comments on our Facebook Page:

Thank you for sharing this.  My problem is not that this meeting took place and a decision was made, but that myself and hundreds of other people believe it to be the wrong decision.  Local residents and nursery users were not invited to consultations, our views were not heard and subsequently the decision is not representative of the views of many.  There is no longer going to be an alternative access for nursery users yet lorries are merely being ‘advised’ to avoid using the hill.  When the M25 and A2 are bad (as is becoming increasingly common) it is a real challenge to travel to or from the nursery, even though there are currently 2 exit and entrance points.  The hill is incredibly dangerous with an absence of lighting, pavement and a decent road condition. If the road is to be closed, these matters at the very least need to be addressed first.

Dartford Matters response:

I suspect it is too late in the day now to prevent this happening.  However, if you feel that the consultations were not sufficient, it may be advisable to contact the appropriate Councillors at Dartford Borough Council (Brent, Princes and possibly Wilmington Wards) and Kent County Council (I assume Dartford East) about this.


Thanks for the advice. I have emailed Gareth Johnson MP and DBC leader Jeremy Kite just to see what I can achieve.  I have been in communication with the chief planner for KCC too.  It’s never too late.  Thanks again for taking the time to reply.

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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