Three Dartford Grammar School for Girls Year 13 Textiles students have been shortlisted as Finalists in the National Fashion & Textiles Competition 2015.  Kate Lynch, Indya Dookhurrun and Nivani Thilakarajah will all be exhibiting their pieces at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia Central, London, from 5-8 March –

Teaching an old dog new tricks - He can balance on tin cans, hold a wine glass on his nose and even open the door for his owner.  Brac, the border collie, understood over a hundred words and commands as a puppy.  Now he’s 11 years-old and his owner Sally Turner from Wilmington says she’s running out of ideas for how to teach her old, and very clever dog, new tricks.  Juliette Parkin of BBC South East Today went to meet them.

Let’s Fill Lowfield Street With Artists – 

Debt On The Rise In Dartford – ‘Increasing numbers of people in the Dartford area are struggling with debt and are only just able to meet their living costs, according to new figures released by StepChange, a Debt Charity. The figures are released as part of the charity’s Debt Awareness Week.‘  Further details from 

Dartford MP welcomes jobs boost for former City Link workers – 


Dartford Borough Council

The agenda has been published for the Development Control Board meeting on Thursday 12 February.  Items on this agenda include St Mary’s Church Hall, Church Hill, Stone, an outline application for the demolition of the existing hall and the erection of four, 3 bedroomed and two, 2 bedroomed apartments with communal parking, storage and amenity spaces.; and The erection of a single storey building within the churchyard, to provide parish rooms (both recommended for approval).  Also, an outline application for a residential development for up to 110 mixed tenure units, with a new vehicular access to Craylands Lane, and including emergency access and the creation of a development platform and associated works including the demolition of existing buildings, identical to a previous planning permission which has recently expired (recommended for approval).

From Monday 16 February 2015, DBC will have a new bank account.  The new details will need to be used for all payments made to the Council from 16 February.  After 31 March 2015, payments made to the old bank account will be returned to you, meaning your payment will not have been made and you could go into arrears.  If you pay by standing order, internet banking, faster payments or BACS, you will need to update your payment details to make sure you are paying the new bank account.  If you pay by Direct Debit, you don’t need to do anything.  The details will automatically be updated – 

Bean Parish Council

Broadband Provision in Bean: Response from Openreach – February 2015.

Darenth Parish Council

Local residents have had their lives blighted this week by a series of fly-tipping with the most blatant of which being the dumping of a caravan – 

Gore Road Water Burst – Thames Water’s Response.

Plans submitted for proposed Crematorium on former Mabledon Hospital site – ‘Following the Public Exhibition last November Dignity plc have now submitted the Plans for the Crematorium proposed on the former Mabledon Hospital site. The Plans and associated documents can be accessed via the Planning Portal on the Dartford Borough Council website by entering either ’15/00127/FUL’ or ‘Mabledon’ in the ‘Simple Search’ Box.  As residents will know an application for a development of nearly 300 residential units was refused on appeal following a rigorous campaign fought by residents and the Village’s elected representatives on both the Borough and Parish Council and at that time the site was identified in the Local Plan as not being required for residential properties but earmarked as a suitable spot for a Crematorium being a much needed local facility.  Residents are invited to make any specific views on the proposed development known to Planning Department via Dartford Borough Council’s on-line facility or for more general comments via the ‘Forum’ page of this website.

Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council

Meeting cancelled – Unfortunately it has been necessary to cancel the Planning, Major Developments, Transportation and Environment Committee meeting scheduled to take place on 11 February.  The next meeting of the committee will be held on 4 March.

Wilmington Parish Council

Notes of the Parish Council meeting held on 4 February


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


Live music: The Moretons at Dartford Folk Club.  ‘Expect an evening of brilliant picking on guitar and banjo.


Royal Shakespeare Company: Loves Labours Lost at Showcase Cinema.  ‘Live via satellite from Stratford-upon-Avon.’


Blood Donor Session at St Anselms Church.


Brother Jake at Oddfellows Arms.  ‘Blues Brothers Tribute.’

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

A2026 Victoria Road, two-way traffic signals until Wednesday 11 February.

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

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

Heath Lane, lane closure until 20 February.

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

Westwood Road, Southfleet, road closure until Friday 13 February.

B260 Green Street Green Road, Darenth (outside Thames Water Treatment Works), two-way traffic signals from Tuesday 10 February until Wednesday 11 February.

A225 Main Road, Sutton-at-Hone (near Ship Lane), two-way traffic signals from Sunday 8 February until Wednesday 11 February.


Saturday 28 February – Meet Holly Smale at Waterstones’ Bluewater.  The author of the award-winning ‘Geek Girl’ series, will be in store to sign the latest instalment, ‘All That Glitters’.


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.

1 comment on “Saturday 7th February – Dartford News and Tweets”

  1. Ian Reply

    Are DBC going to contact all residents with the new banking details or hope that a few thousand with internet, social media or news access pass on the good news. One hopes I am not too cynical….

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