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The Remembrance Sunday service will take place at St John the Baptist, 10.30 am Sunday Nov 12th
FROM Kent County Council:
We have received reports of a company telephoning residents in the Tunbridge Wells area offering windows under a government backed scheme. The caller tells the resident that they have officers in their area who can come and check their smart meters to find out if they are eligible.
Be aware that this company may make false or misleading claims to get you to buy this expensive product.
You can find out if you’re eligible for help to make your home more energy efficient by visiting gov.uk
You can reduce the number of unsolicited sales and marketing calls you receive by registering your telephone number with the Telephone Preference Service It’s a free service and only takes a minute to register.
Kent County Council Consultations
Draft Budget Strategy 2018/19
You are invited to participate in the Draft Budget Strategy 2018/19 consultation by the consultation manager, Hannah Lucey.
This consultation is open from 12 Oct 2017 at 06:00 to 3 Dec 2017 at 23:59.
Kent County Council is consulting on its draft budget strategy for 2018/19 and the associated council tax proposals.
This consultation closes on 3rd December. Please visit www.kent.gov.uk/budget to take part.
KCCâ•˙s Engagement and Consultation Team
From Dartford Borough Council
Dartford Community grants
The Community Grant Scheme is currently open. The closing date for applications is Monday 6 November 2017.
What are the Fund's priorities?
Funding will be available for projects that fit the following objectives:
- Promote excellence
- Reach new audiences, or
- Work towards improving club standards, e.g. gaining accreditation, training.
We will support projects that:
- Provide new or expand upon positive activities which directly benefit young people (aged 25 or under).
We will support projects that:
- Provide new or expand upon current services or activities which directly benefit older people.
Who can apply?
You can apply if you are a 'not for profit' registered charity or community group with a constitution management structure, bank account and staff/volunteers delivering services to Dartford's residents.
How much is available?
The most we will award for any application is £3,000 and the minimum is £500.
Tel: 01322 343474
Contact us online: Contact the Grants Team
Other Funding Sources
If you would like to know more about community funding opportunities not provided by Dartford Borough Council please click here - External Community Funding
New development for Town Centre
Last Updated: 18 Oct 2017 9:50am
Dartford Borough Council has appointed national developer and urban regeneration specialist, Muse Developments, as its development partner to lead the £75 million regeneration of the town’s Westgate area. Muse was appointed following an open tender by the Council to find the most suitable partner.
The mixed-use development incorporates a six-screen cinema at the heart of a new social neighbourhood with bars, restaurants and family-friendly hospitality. The scheme will see the creation of a new public square, a 109-bed hotel, additional town centre parking for shoppers and 140 new homes.
Discussions are also underway with the local Clinical Commissioning Group to collaborate on the potential creation of a new health facility providing space for GPs, family healthcare, social care providers and mental-health services.
Jeremy Kite, Leader of Dartford Borough Council, said:
“We are delighted to be working with Muse. So much of what happens in Dartford is developer-driven
and the Council rarely has sufficient ownership to shape the use of land for the benefit of local people.
“Westgate is different and Muse has an amazing track record of creating spaces that are not only commercially successful but also hugely popular with people. The Council has an ambition to create modern spaces and facilities which enjoy a direct lineage back to our town’s strong sense of family and community.
“Muse also has a record of delivering creative schemes on time and of the highest quality. They instinctively understood the need to provide spaces with people in mind and their approach and background is refreshing.
“We drew ‘some lines in the sand’ such as the retention of the art-deco façade of the former Co-op store and the need for practical spaces and facilities for families. Cinema operators made a strong commercial case and urged us to find space for them as did mid-market quality hotel chains.
“For our part, the Council also wishes to see a collaboration with local public health services to deliver new GP and health services to support our population.”
Regeneration will take place on the former Co-op store site and surface level car park on Orchard Street. Though part of the façade of the original Co-operative Society buildings on Spital Street will be retained, other buildings that used to occupy the site have been demolished. It is one of the key sites identified by the Council to bring more vitality to the town centre and to realise its potential as an urban market town.
John Robinson from Muse Developments, said:
“It is an honour to have been chosen by Dartford Borough Council to lead on a project which will have such a positive impact on the town. The site is very well-connected, being close to both the high street and train station, making it the ideal location for a lively and vibrant new community and cultural quarter.
“Dartford is a forward-thinking Council that wants to bring real change to the town centre. We look forward to working with them.”
The area holds an important place in local history, with the name “Westgate” being linked to the Manor House where Anne of Cleves lived between 1553 and 1557. The residence was originally built on the remains of Dartford Priory in 1544, and was given to Anne of Cleves by Henry VIII as part of her divorce settlement. The only remnant of the building is the Manor Gatehouse which stands on Priory Road, just a short walk awa from the Westgate site.
Designed by architect and urban designer tp bennett, the scheme envisages a new network of routes and spaces which will create a vibrant public realm and a more family focused concentration of retail and leisure uses.
Orchard Street will become home to a public space enclosed by both residential and commercial units, linking directly to Hythe Street. A pedestrian arcade will also link the new town square with Kent Road as part of a trail of cultural and entertainment venues.
The scheme will provide Dartford with new facilities which meet the regeneration needs of both long-term residents as well as those who are new to the town. Accompanied by a series of bars and restaurants, the six-screen cinema included in the project will create a family friendly day and night attraction.
140 new homes – a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments above retail uses and adjacent to the proposed car park facing Kent Road – will enhance Dartford’s town centre living with a cosmopolitan culture, attracting and retaining new residents. A range of tenures will be offered for these properties, including affordable units for leaseback to the Council.
Dartford’s local economy will greatly benefit from the construction of a 109-bed hotel, with visitors able to stay in a vibrant, central location which is also close to the station. A 167-space shared car park will offer scope for accommodating new residents parking and customer parking for commercial uses. It may also be expanded to accommodate a range of complementary uses, such as a multi-GP surgery.
Muse Developments is looking to submit a planning application in Summer 2018 and to start on site by Spring 2019. Before then, Dartford Borough Council and Muse Developments will be holding public consultation events in early 2018.