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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.

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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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.

Try Angle Awards in Kent

Try Angle Awards in Kent

The Orchard Theatre, Dartford hosted the 2011 Sevenoaks, Dartford and Gravesham Try Angle Awards. The ceremony recognises young people’s achievements in various fields such as dance, sport, music and volunteer help.

Each nominee receives a Try Angle certificate to cement their accomplishment and the winner of each category wins an award trophy. Avtar Sandhu MBE was there on the evening to help present some awards to the children who had gone out of their way to help another or achieved highly in an aspect of interest.

The evening celebrates what young people do right within the community and Avtar helped support the evening by making a financial donation out of his members grant to make the evening more special. Other councillors included Ann Allen, Mike Snelling and Richard Parry also presenting awards.

All finalists are put through to the Kent County Council Spirit of Try Angle Awards, which this year will be held at Ashford International Hotel where the county as a whole can recognise their achievements. Avtar will also be attending these awards on the 25th September in hope of recognising what young people in Kent can achieve.

Official Opening of the Ashford Gateway Plus Library

Official Opening of the Ashford Gateway Plus Library

On Monday 18th July 2011, Avtar Sandhu MBE, Molly Cork and Peter Wood attended the officia l opening of the new Ashford Gateway Plus costing £7.5 Million.

The new building serves mainly as a brand new modern library but sixty other services and facilities available for its visitors, including an area for civil ceremonies, registration for births, deaths and marriages, adult education help and a six desk for Council Customer service.

The ribbon was cut by local resident Molly Cork after receiving flowers and a copy of a book. Molly is a local resident, who at 93 years old has been a visitor of the library for 84 years.

Other attendees of the event were Ashford council leader Peter Wood, local residents, and community support.

Stanhope Community Centre Kent

Stanhope Community Centre Kent

On May 20th 2011, Avtar Sandhu MBE along with Damian Green MP for Ashford and Mr Johnson Director for Moat Housing official opened the new 1.1 millionGBP Stanhope community centre.

They opened the Stanhope Library by cutting a ribbon and cake. He was a speaker at the ceremony and part of a team who officially opened the centre. The new building is part of an ongoing 150 millionGBP regeneration of Stanhope and the project so far has taken four years and the contract covers 30 years. The centre now consists of a library, neighbourhood office and a meeting room for residents.

The opening was attended by local residents, community wardens, police officers and other local dignitaries.

Access Awards in Kent 2011

Access Awards in Kent 2011

During May 2011, Avtar Sandhu MBE was invited to the Access Award Presentations hosted by the British Horse Society. The awards recognise riding schools or organisations that help with blind or partially sighted riders. The awards go to people who have helped open up more areas for riders to use that are safe and enjoyable as well as others for safety and welfare.

This photo shows members of the riding school along with Cllr. Avtar Sandhu MBE.