Picture feature on Hodgson Pharmacy in Station Road, Longfield
Dartford Messenger 07 May 2021 - Conservatives retain local division with reduced majority
David Brazier was reelected councillor for the Sevenoaks Rural North East Division (Hartley, New Ash Green, West Kingsdown) of Kent County Council with a greatly reduced majority of 1,255 in an election that saw a 21 per cent swing to the Green Party. Turnout was up 4% at 34%. The experience of this writer is that only the Green Party appeared to have campaigned, I received 2 leaflets from the Greens and none from the other parties. Hartley has 2 other county councillors, Conservative husband and wife Perry and Penny Cole won Swanley and Dartford East for the party, perhaps the party has trouble finding local candidates in some areas.
The result was:
David Brazier (Cons) 2,887 (59%, -19%)
Laura Manston (Green) 1,632 (33%, +23%)
Ian Rashbrook (Lab) 572 (8%, -4%).
Overall the Conservatives have lost a little ground at Kent County Council, but their majority is not seriously threatened, overall a very good night for the Greens. The new council is Cons 61 (-6), Lab 7 (+2), Lib Dem 6 (-1), Green 5 (+3), Residents 2 (+1), Vacant 1.
Man from Merton Avenue, Hartley, given 12 month suspended sentence and ordered to attend 25 rehabilitation sessions, after being convicted of stealing from his employer. Court heard he had similar convictions in 2000 and 2003. Victim says he thinks sentence was too lenient, and didn't even order the money to be repaid.
Dartford Messenger 21 May 2021 - I'm A Celeb star Vernon Kay scared by snake on ITV Game of Talents by Dartford care home's Danielle
Appearance of recreation and wellbeing champion at Old Downs Care Home appears on ITV's 'Game of Talents'. Before the pandemic she toured with a one woman show for 11 years and holds 7 Guiness World Records.
Dartford Messenger 25 May 2021 - Sarah Wellgreen investigation to feature on documentary My Lover My Killer on TV channel 5 Star
Sarah Wellgreen case featured in TV programme, following similar programme on Sky last year. The Search for Sarah Wellgreen case hope it will raise the profile of the search for her body.
Gravesend Messenger 31 May 2021 - Crime Report - May
Crimes reported on E Watch for May are criminal damage 3 (Larksfield, Hawthorns, Brambledown)
E Watch 03 June 2021 - Sidcup woman disqualified for drink driving in Kent
33 year old Sidcup woman fined, banned for 24 months and ordered to do unpaid work after being stopped in Whitehill Road, Longfield, seven times over the limit
News Shopper 03 June 2021 - Senior surgeon, from Chislehurst, charged with fraud, forgery and sending false information
He is accused that "he 'routinely inflated' fees for private medical procedures he carried out on patients. He worked at the former Fawkham Hospital.
Dartford Messenger 10 June 2021 - Chairman of Dartford Young Conservatives urges others to get involved with politics
Picture feature on 21 year old Longfield Parish Councillor and chairman of the Dartford Young Conservatives.
Dartford Messenger 11 June 2021 - Queen's Birthday Honours list recognises Kent people for their achievements and service in the community
Civil servant with DEFRA from Longfield awarded CBE
Kent Messenger 11 June 2021 - Zoopla Kent houses for sale: Most viewed homes on market
16th Century House in New Barn Road second most viewed house in Kent. Said to have been built with timbers from captured Spanish ship
Kent Messenger 13 June 2021 - Doctor's disgust at unsanitary conditions and food safety at David Lloyd Health Club in Dartford
A&E Consultant from Dickens Close, Hartley, raises concerns about hygiene aspects of health club. Their reply claimed they had dealt with the complaint. The article generated a lot of comments.
Dartford Messenger 16 June 2021 - Dartford council offers cash boost to hard-hit market traders and small businesses
Mostly about Dartford Town Centre, but council leader Cllr Kite, claims Longfield will also be helped by a "Support our Shops" initiative
Dartford Messenger 21 June 2021 - Trains cancelled on Southeastern between Swanley and Gillingham due to signal failure at Longfield, near Dartford
Services restored at 10.15am
Dartford Messenger 22 June 2021 - Community rallies to aid the fire-hit Green Man pub in Hodsoll Street near Meopham
Fire on Thursday 17th June badly damages the Green Man Pub in Hodsoll Street. Owner vows to rebuild as quickly as possible. Locals raise £6,000 to help out. It has been suggested it was caused by lightning but nothing official. Kent Fire Brigade website reports the call came at 3.39am adding "At the height of the fire, five fire engines, a height vehicle and a bulk water carrier were at the scene, and crews used hose reel jets and compressed air foam to bring the fire under control. Two fire engines and a crew from the Technical Rescue Unit remain at the incident, to check for remaining hot spots and to assess any damage. KFRS’ Volunteers are also in attendance, to provide support to affected residents in the area."
Gravesend Messenger 25 June 2021 - Grange Lane in Hartley closed for up to a week after fly-tipping
Road completely blocked after furniture, tyres and black sacks dumped in morning of 25th.
Dartford Messenger 25 June 2021 - Long Valley Hall in Longfield to be given new lease of life after £500k refurbishment project granted funding boost
Long Valley Hall to be saved from closure by £0.5 million refurbishment, paid for by Longfield Parish Council (£300K) and Public Works Loan Board loan to PC (£200K)
Dartford Messenger 30 June 2021 - Crime Report - June
Crimes reported on E Watch for June are Attempted Burglary (Caxton Close), Criminal Damage (Church Road, Caxton Close)