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Day: December 21, 2017

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Councillors prepare Dartford for Winter

Councillors prepare Dartford for Winter

Kent County Councillor Avtar Sandhu was allocated funding from Kent County Council for highway issues. Through this Avtar and local councillor Michael Street both decided to look after their residents by supplying bags of grit and further expanding upon this by also providing snow shovels. It was decided by them that the grit and shovels would be distributed throughout various points in Dartford North East (Newtown, Littlebrook and Joyce Green Wards).

The grit and shovels are to be ONLY used on the pavements for the purpose of clearing the snow (if required).

A list of ALL the roads who have been given bags of grit and shovels is available below along with the contact details of the person who they have been given to. (to be updated)

What to do if you need some grit

Contact the resident who is on the road (details below) and if they have enough to spare they shall supply you with some. Please be aware that grit supplys are NOT enough to cover every resident and so please ALL WORK TOGETHER towards making Dartford North East a safer area in the snow.

Notice and Guidence for EVERYONE clearing the footpaths with and without grit

I thought it would be useful to forward you a couple of links giving information which may be of use to members of the public who wish to clear snow and salt footways.

The first is a link to the Government’s website which gives some legal guidance around what people can reasonably do , and the second is from the KCC website which is more about how to spread salt in an effective and non-wasteful way.

Temple Hill Trust

Temple Hill Trust

One project Avtar Sandhu MBE is currently involved with is the Temple Hill Trust as a member of the team of trustees. Trustees are elected each year at the Trusts annual meeting. The Temple Hill Trust works with residents of the Temple Hill estate to improve the environment and living conditions of all residents.

The group of volunteers serves over 4000 homes and works with citizens to train and support as well as oversee their own personal projects. Some of these include Forest School in Dartford and the Enchanted Woodland, which is an area of land where the schools children can learn, develop confidence and achieve in a natural and safe environment.

West Hythe and Lympne new Bridleway

West Hythe and Lympne new Bridleway

West Hythe and Lympne new Bridleway

Avtar Sandhu MBE joined Susan Carey, Chairman of Shepway District Council on April 15th 2011 to officially open the new bridleway between West Hythe and Lympne in Folkstone.

Attendees of the event walked along the new pathway designed to be used by cyclists, walkers and horse riders and witnessed some of the views and areas which the public can experience. A hidden counter has shown that already over 2000 people have used the path before its official opening.

On the same day on the Royal Military Canal, Avtar was part of a team who unveiled a 19,000GBP electrical boat which is to be used as an enjoyable and relaxing way for residents and tourists to enjoy the local area and the canal.

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Kents Darling Buds of May

Kents Darling Buds of May

As portfolio holder for customer and communities, Avtar Sandhu MBE was invited to visit The Darling Buds of May trail, Garden of England Trail created by Kent Film Office along with representatives from Relocate Kent and Kent Tourism, other cabinet members, the current owner of the land and author H.E Bates.

The trail is based on the popular television show Darling Buds of May, starring David Jason and a visitor can experience a walk which takes you back to the 1950’s and shows you some of the well loved sites in Pluckley, the filming location, as well as an tour of the famous Kent countryside.

New Library in Gravesend Kent

New Library in Gravesend Kent

New Library in Gravesend Kent

Resident's of Gravesend have waited a long sixteen months for the reopening of the refurbished Gravesend library. The revamp, costing 2.5 millionGBP, which has seen the beautiful Carnegie building restored to its former glory. The new set up boasts modern IT facilities, a fresh community space, renovated garden area and a larger, more diverse range of books.

The official opening, which took place on Tuesday the 23rd of August, was attended by Avtar Sandhu MBE as well as Mr Mike Hill, Cabinet Member for Customer and Communities who both opened the new library. They also presented both young and old residents of Gravesend and library users with flowers and books.

The new revamp is set to be a key feature in Gravesend allowing internet access and online services to users as well as the new community area. The new selection of books has a huge range of literature that will suit everyone who enjoys the library and its resources.

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Dartford Mela 2011

Dartford Mela 2011

In August 2011 the Dartford Mela festival took place, a multicultural event which brings all types of communities together. Over the last couple of years the event has grown enormously and this year was well attended by members of the Dartford and Gravesham community.

The event, which took place in Dartford Central Park, was officially opened by the worshipful Mayor of Dartford, Councillor Eddy Lampkin and KCC Avtar Sandhu MBE.

Not only has the event itself got bigger, the stars who perform have, with the likes of Top European Bhangra act Jazzy B headlining for the first time and other popular local artists such as Arminder Nahal, Jai Khan and Urban pop act PBN.