IN THE NEWS TODAY

Ribbon-cutting ceremony after facelift for Dartford Station - coverage from newsshopper.co.uk

Dartford Borough Council Cabinet meetings this week.  Details of item 11 on the agenda, New Council House Building, only became available at the end of last week. This report provides an update on the progress made towards the Council’s new build housing project and requests approval to submit planning applications as necessary and undertake competitive tendering exercises for the development of the sites.  The sites in question are land at Coleridge Road – approx 50 dwellings, land at Shaftsbury Avenue – approx 10 dwellings and land at Temple Hill Square – approx 30 dwellings.

Problem reported to fixmystreet.com and DBC – The foot tunnel under Home Gardens, leading from the county court to Bullace Lane, was closed several weeks ago due to flooding. The closure was reinforced with Heras fencing. The floodwater has long since receded but the fencing remains. Please remove the fencing and the industrial bin, and clean the underpass of debris to provide a pleasant environment. Pedestrians are currently forced to cross Home Gardens which is a very busy, and frankly dangerous, road.

Announcement from DBC – Bookings are now being taken for Sing & Sign courses which start in the Meeting Place on Friday 16 May for 10 weeks.  Further details here.

Justice for Claire campaign receives donation from Asda, Greenhithe – story from justiceforclaire.co.uk

Government plan for Ebbsfleet Garden City criticised by Hilary Benn – story from kentonline.co.uk

Swanscombe – A Community Meeting Crime Forum is to be held on 12 April.  Have you been a victim of crime, do you have an idea to reduce crime in the area, do you have a particular concern?  Full details here.

Dartford Grammar School’s Journalism Society, as part of the BBC School Report 2014 project, have carried out an interview with Adam Gemili, an old boy of the school.  This video can be viewed here.  More interviews are on the way and the Society can be followed on Twitter at @dgsjournalism

Coverage of history weekend celebrations from kentonline.co.uk

FEBRUARY CRIME FIGURES (according to police.uk)

Crimes reported Feb 14

Dartford – Bean and Darenth

46

Dartford – Bluewater

80

Dartford – Brent

27

Dartford – Castle

11

Dartford – Greenhithe

47

Dartford – Heath

14

Dartford – Joyce Green

102

Dartford – Joydens Wood

20

Dartford – Littlebrook

27

Dartford – Longfield, New Barn and Southfleet

24

Dartford – Newtown

57

Dartford – Princes

41

Dartford – Stone

56 (excluding Bluewater)

Dartford – Sutton-at-Hone and Hawley

18

Dartford – Swanscombe

103

Dartford – Town

127

Dartford – West Hill

41

Dartford – Wilmington

13

NEWS FROM THE COUNCILS

Darenth Parish Council

Deep Clean reaches Darenth on 3 April and 4 April

Old Photographs or Memories of Darenth in Days Gone By – request for archive material for the website

Update on Littledale Viaduct work

Mabledon/Crematorium update

Pedestrian crossing at top of Darenth Hill

Southfleet Parish Council

Spring Bulb Initiative

Fouling of  footpaths

Allotments to rent

Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council

Community Litter Pick – Saturday 12 April 10am, meet at George and Dragon

Wilmington Parish Council

Change of closing time for the Oakfield Park gates

Coverage and photos from the Heritage Centre opening

Watch out there’s a thief about – people have been seen cutting daffodils from roadside verges

Message Centre (some unanswered at present) regarding parking; Common Lane traffic; and The Thatched Shop/The Green Barn

SPORTS RESULTS

Dartford FC 2 Macclesfield Town 1 Conference Premier Division – match report and post match comments from Tony Burman via kentonline.co.uk

Sutton Athletic 3 Hollands & Blair 5 – Kent Invicta League

Sheppey & Sheerness United 3 Fleetdown United 1 – Kent County League Premier Division

Ide Hill 0 Halls AC 1 – Kent County League Division One West

Halstead United 0 Sutton Athletic Reserves 2 – Kent County League Division Two West

Phoenix Sports Reserves 6 Fleetdown United Reserves 0 – Hospitals Cup

Dartford Ladies 2 University of Kent Women 1 – Kent Womens Hockey League Division 2

Tunbridge Wells Ladies 4th XI 1 Dartford Ladies 2nd XI 1 – Kent Womens Hockey League Division 4 (Dartford finish 3rd in this league)

Folkestone Optimist Ladies 4th XI 7 Dartford Ladies 3rd XI 0 – Kent Womens Hockey League Division 5 (Dartford finish bottom in this league)

TWEETS

Hearty Dartford ♥ @lindabhfd28 Hey everyone! We have a BOOK ALERT! We are asking all our lovely followers and customers if they have any Non… Fiction/Literature books that you would be able to donate to our shop as we are VERY low on stock fb.me/6rEmuINBh

Seamus Murphy @Principal_DSTC Amazing news. Hayley Ward in our sixth form at DSTC has been selected to represent GB at the kickboxing world championships in Italy. Wow!!!

Cllr Av Sandhu MBE @AvtarSandhuMBE  (Friday) #DeputyMayorAvtarSandhu at #TreeEstateCommunityBoxingClun presenting awards. instagram.com/p/mGWkBRgiWf/

Wilmington PC @pc_wilmington Wilmington Heritage Centre open 9.30am to 3.00pm on the first Thursday in the month. Special arrangements can be made.Contact Parish Office

Tim Dickson @TimzNews Dartford Sharks 2 get caged by Maidstone Warriors as they lose 42-45 in the Medway Plate Basketball Finals pic.twitter.com/82jfjofBkt

Richey 1977 @Driver_8_Ace Nice to see the #dartfordmatters hashtag catching on in Instagram. @DartfordMatters mandytjie’s photo instagram.com/p/mIQhPEJINT/

NWKC @NWKCollege Well done to students and staff at #Dartford & #Gravesend, who did the @sportrelief mile run. We’ve raised over £400 youtu.be/BYd3KaG20bI

1st Galley Hill Cub ‏@Read15Read  Wednesday 26 March Cubs learnt about Sir William Erasmus Wilson who is buried in Swanscombe church. Sir Wilson brought Cleopatras needle to Britian.

Sacha x @SachaMulock (Sunday) NEW ADULT STREET DANCE CLASS OPENING TOMORROW!! Get your body ready for the summer 7-8pm in Dartford-Victoria Road!

Miskin Theatre @MiskinTheatre The Beano -Wed 30th-Sun 4th May @MiskinTheatre. Fish & Chips available on Fri &Sat night. Book now kiosk.iristickets.co.uk/k?v=miskin 01322 629422

David Dewberry @DewberryDavid New set of puppy classes starting this Wednesday. Some spaces still available. Dartford area. From 7pm.

Dartford Pre Academy @DFC_Pre_Academy Please note that due to unforseen staffing issues, the community trials due to be held on APRIL 15TH & 16TH ha… pic.twitter.com/N8Avig7nNb

MOD @moddartford 25th April, we present Klub Kerrang, our launch night for a weekly rock night in Dartford. Great DJ’s and drinks deals, spread the word!

Compiled by @Andyclark57

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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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