The ongoing period of cold weather could leave people vulnerable and Kent County Council is calling on residents to rally round and help friends, families and neighbours.  Details from

Why the funding of Kent Police is set to rise taking a band D property to £147.15 per year, an increase of £2.87 per household, and raising a very welcome £1.6m for the force –  Also, coverage from – Kent Police will lose 115 due to government cuts following crime commissioner Ann Barnes’s budget.

Falling energy prices – suggested there should be a freeze on prices but I think that would have been a mistake because a freeze would not have led to the reductions we are seeing now.’

Dartford Borough Council Planning Application received – 15/00106/COU, Change of use of 1st and 2nd floors to create 2 No. 2 bedroom self contained flats with reinstatement of a roof light and a window, 1st And Second Floors, 82 High Street /1 Bullace Lane.  For anyone with an interest in local history, this application includes a Heritage Statement for this Grade II Listed Building, which it is believed, in parts, dates from before 1485.

Planned closures on Dartford Crossing this week – The building work will affect A282 junction 1a for Dartford.  The northbound entry slip road will be closed overnight, between 8:30pm and 5.30am, until Saturday 7 February .  However, there will be a clearly signed diversion will be in place via junction 1b.  Details from

Kent schools see drop in top GCSE grades –

A company director from Dartford, who took part in a “despicable” £6m scam which exploited workers and has been compared to slavery, is finally behind bars –

A reckless novice driver sped the wrong way on a motorway on the hard shoulder before crashing into the car of a mother and her young child on a slip road near Bean –

Dartford FC’s FA Trophy replay at FC Halifax Town has been postponed again.  The two teams will now try and stage the game on Saturday.


Wednesday 18 February (and until Friday 20 February) – Tarantino Live at the Miskin Theatre.  ‘Celebrating the music from the renowned filmmaker Quentin Tarantino.’

Thursday 19 February – The Close Up Show at the Orchard Theatre. Experience an intimate evening of close-up magic, trickery and sleight of hand. Three astounding magicians amaze and entertain just inches from your face.’

Friday 20 February – Orchard Jazz Club at the Orchard Theatre. ‘A relaxed evening of fine food with live music from The Violet Jive.  Sit back, take a sentimental journey or tap your feet along to some superb live jazz, whilst enjoying a delicious three-course meal served in The Restaurant.’

Sunday 22 February – Wedding Fayre at the Orchard Theatre.



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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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