IN THE NEWS TODAY

Man sent away from Darent Valley Hospital with ‘muscular injury’ two days before death – story from kentonline.co.uk

Car crash in London Road – story from kentonline.co.uk. Also coverage from newsshopper.co.uk

Announcement from Darent Valley Hospital regarding closure of the road leading into the Emergency Department on Monday 24 March

Rape verdict stands after failed appeal – story from kentonline.co.uk

Dartford’s Health Budget to be fixed – story from sevenoakschronicle.co.uk

Statement from UKIP regarding Ebbsfleet garden city.  Also, coverage from newsshopper.co.uk of the Budget statement referring to the proposals. and kentonline.co.uk

Dartford Jobseekers Allowance claimants rise by 40 to 1401 in January – story from kentonline.co.uk.  Also an interactive map from ons.gov.uk.

Abandoned horses - whilst this subject was reported on yesterday, this report from gravesendreporter.co.uk quotes estimated figures for the number of horses in the Stone and Dartford area

Update regarding the closed link road between Ingress Park and Greenhithe station and regarding possible reopening – KCC Highways advise ‘The carriageway is sinking. Currently there is no timescale for the road to reopen, investigation work is ongoing.’

Dartford company helping fight the battle against terrorism - story from newsshopper.co.uk

Tickled Pink cancer charity raise money at Asda, Greenhithe – story from kentonline.co.uk

Dartford shoppers raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care Daffodil Appeal - story from gravesendreporter.co.uk

NHS app gets off to flying start – story from newsshopper.co.uk

Dartford FC extend Alex Wall’s loan – statement from dartfordfconline.com.  Also coverage from kentonline.co.uk. Further coverage of Dartford FC news from kentonline.co.uk, Tony Burman on the trip to Hyde and on midfielder Lee Noble

Dartford Harriers success at Kent Indoor Championships – story from newsshopper.co.uk

Halls AFC under 13’s clinch league title with games to spare – from hallsafc.doomby.com

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM STONE PARISH COUNCIL

The following road closure details have been passed to us by Kent County Council.

It will be necessary to close A206 Bob Dunn Way, Dartford from 24th March 2014. It is likely the road will be closed for up to 5 nights between 21:00hrs and 06:00hrs. The road will be closed between the junction of A206 Thames Road/A2026 Burnham Road and Marsh Street.  This is to enable the switching off of street lamps, installing road studs and laying road markings

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM SWANSCOMBE AND GREENHITHE TOWN COUNCIL

Police Satisfaction Survey – A survey of residents to determine what factors influence their satisfaction levels with Policing in the county.

Free microchipping from the Dogs Trust at Broomfield Recreation Ground – Friday 11 April

Announcement from KCC regarding Spring, Trees, Hedges and Vegetation

FEATURE STORY ON STREET LIGHTING

This topic has cropped up on several occasions recently involving various locations in the Borough.  The issues relate to Kent County Council’s plans announced last year ‘A sensible approach to street lighting’.  This statement from June 2013 announced a public consultation on the hours it is proposing to switch-off lights during the early morning as part of a drive to deliver better value for money for council taxpayers. Further details and timescales were also published, together with an interactive map and some frequently asked questions.

KCC also stated that it had already discussed its proposals with Kent Police; the Kent Association of Local Councils; and all 12 Joint Transportation Boards, where local councillors discuss transport issues.  This matter was considered at the meeting of Dartford Borough Council’s Joint Transportation Board in March 2013.  Full details of specific roads discussed can be read here.

The scheme has now been implemented in several areas and the issue has been raised in Swanscombe within the last week.  An online petition has been started relating to Swanscombe Street Lighting, with a view to this being presented to KCC. Concerns have been raised about the possible increase in crime in the area and failures in the consultation process.

The statement in this petition ‘Apparently 75% of residents were in favour of the street light switch off scheme’ appears to be misleading.  In KCC’s Further details and timescales page quoted above, this includes the statement ‘We recently consulted on the proposed hours of switch off and the exclusion criteria, 75% of those who responded supported our proposals.’

Councillor Steve Doran who was elected to Dartford Borough Council at a by-election held in Swanscombe last December, after the consultation process had finished and the scheme had been agreed by KCC, says she would have strongly opposed the measures in Swanscombe.

“I have every sympathy with the aims of the scheme, and where street lights are fulfilling no useful purpose it makes perfect sense to switch them off. However, Swanscombe is not such a case. The crime rate makes it a completely inappropriate place to pilot this scheme, which could have devastating repercussions for the residents there. I’m sure if the residents had been properly consulted this would have come out strongly.”

“A number of people I have spoken to were completely unaware of the scheme until street lights started being turned off this week. There was no door to door consultation, no letter drop, and no mention in the local newsletter. Although notices were posted online, many residents have no access to the internet and therefore don’t feel this was good enough.”

“If they were hoping to test how well this scheme would work, the response should give them their answer. I hope KCC will consider switching the lights back on as a matter of priority. If they adopt a wait and see approach, there will be a lot of residents suffering who didn’t have to.”

If any residents in the Borough have concerns regarding the issues raised above, it is suggested that you contact your local KCC Councillor.

TWEETS

Kent Police @kent_police #OpLockdown 2 arrested over theft of car battery in T Wells after ANPR cameras activated in Dartford. 41-yo man & 43-yo woman in custody

Dartford Bridge @dartfordbridge1 (Wednesday) New Barn Road in Southfleet closed in both directions between the Warren Road junction and the Red Street junction, because of fly tipping

Kent County Council @Kent_cc Our crews are working as fast as they can to fix potholes in Kent. Please report potholes online: bit.ly/1dCYfRr #findandfixkent

SaH&H Parish Council @sahpc1 £200m made available for councils to bid to repair potholes. On a ‘my potholes are bigger than yours’ basis?? #Budget2014

Artisan Rare Breeds @ararebreeds Looking forward to meeting the press tomorrow to photograph our latest rare breed addition. pic.twitter.com/g6qi6QBkby

Abadoned snapping turtle now at our rescue, full story in the reporter and dartford messenger tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/wzGsy5DKn1

Dartford JCP @DartfordJobPlus Congratulations to the 48 customers who found work @DartfordJobPlus last week!

The Leigh UTC @theleighutc HVMS, BAM and the Leigh UTC unveil a new banner across the UTC site as part of our student recruitment drive pic.twitter.com/evET4dAXuk

Matthew Davis @25_matthewdavis Pleased to have secured Deep Clean for Town ward in Willow Walk, Chatsworth Road and Burnham Crescent on Friday 28th March.

DGS Parents Assoc. @DGSPAssoc The PA are providing refreshments to purchase at the school Spring Concert, 21st March. Hope to see you there!

Kathryn Swanston @khswanston Quiz night supporting @EllenorLions Sat 22/3 7pm at St Mary’s School Stone organised by St Mary’s Church. All welcome  – £2.50 on the door

Georgie @UKGeorgie ♫ Playing Live: Dartford, United Kingdom – Mar 27 at BB Slims Chitlin Club @ The Ivy Leaf bandsintown.com/event/7867584?

Dartford FC @dartfordfc NEWS: U15s Kent Youth League Cup Final bit.ly/1j6fQB7

Dartford FC @dartfordfc (Wednesday) Dartford Whites 2 Dover Athletic 0 (@KakaaDembelee , @Believebrimz ) Cambridge United 2 Dartford Reds 2 (@tottyelliott x2)

Nigel Skinner @Nigel_Skinner_ If you are from Dartford and are looking for a guitar teacher, drop me a tweet.

Stone Cricket Club @StoneCricket Time to wash last year’s whites. Dig out your bat. And prime the excuses for bowling like an ass. #Cricket season 2014 is oh so very close! JOIN US! Wicket taker? Calamity batsman? Both? Well if you’re keen, so are we! Get in touch goo.gl/wHuIOk #cricket #dartford

Mike Floate @MikeFloate Rare sight of the stand at Swanscombe FC. From:topfoto.co.uk I have another stand on a postcard from 1913. pic.twitter.com/ARN7zHEQVz

70s80sDartford @70s80sDartford Tickets at Squires Menswear Dartford. Going to be a great night, selling well!! Friday 28th March Dartford Social club 70s 80s Night!!!

S&G Town Council @SGTownCouncil1 Senior Lunch Club @ The Pavilion every Thursday from 11.30am to 2.30pm starting 4 April. Details or book by calling 01322 370815 after 2pm.

Dartford Litterpick @dartfordlp Now then. Who’d like a visit to the beautiful Dartford Heath to tidy some litter on April 6? dartfordlitterpickers.com/litterpicks/da…

Compiled by @Andyclark57

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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