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News from Avtar Sandhu

Since being elected as a KCC Councillor in 2009, Avtar Sandhu has attended various events throughout the county. These events and meetings have covered a range of issues which I feel that residents of Dartford need to know about.

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Visit to Kent Mountain Centre

Visit to Kent Mountain Centre

Kent Mountain Centre, situated in Llanberis, North Wales, is an outdoor education centre. It is at the foot of Snowdon, next to Padarn Lake and is run by fully qualified professionals who allow the visitors to undertake activities such as mountain climbing and scrambling, rock climbing, gorge walking, sea level traversing, problem solving, orienteering, canoeing and kayaking.

The centre is able to cater for up to groups of 45 at a time and this includes accommodation.

In 2011, Kent County Councillor Avtar Sandhu visited the Kent Mountain Centre to partake in the activities that the children take part in when they are there. This included rock climbing, walks and much more.

Highway Repairs

Highway Repairs

Highway Repairs

The depreciation of the highways in Kent is something that is high on Councillor Sandhu's priorities. Per Avtar Sandhu Highway Repairs annum, Avtar receives 25,000GBP to help towards different projects to help keep the standard of Kent's highways and roads up to scratch and the best they can possibly be. One problem that part of the budget is spent on is pot holes- due to our terrible weather during the winter months, the road surfaces can break up in certain places, causing potholes, but are dealt with as swiftly as possible.

One example of current work that is taking place due to Avtar's budget being allocated to a certain project is on Mount Pleasant Road where part of the road is being completely resurfaced for a much smoother and better experience for residents and drivers alike.

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Wellcome Avenue Deep Clean

Wellcome Avenue Deep Clean

Wellcome Avenue Deep Clean

Wellcome Avenue has been a big point for discussion over recent times as the pedestrian right of way was overgrown with greenery and very difficult to walk through. However, Councillor Avtar Sandhu Avtar Sanshu Wellcome Avenue along with Dartford Council arranged a project to help the residents of Wellcome Avenue by clearing the pathway.

The project was achieved by Avtar Sandhu joining with a Community Payback scheme to help tackle the problem. The group donned high visibility jackets and took to the pathway to clear the greenery barricades with shears and shovels.

The project helped both the community and the individuals partaking in the community payback scheme - the walkway is clear for all to use and the individuals that took part played a vital role in helping to support and enhance the community, at the delight of the residents of Dartford.

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Councillor Sandhu congratulates school children on fighting doorstep crime

Councillor Sandhu congratulates school children on fighting doorstep crime

Councillor Sandhu congratulates school children on fighting doorstep crime

Con tradesmen and woman affect a large amount of homeowners across the UK. Anyone can fall victim to these doorstep criminals and may feel like they just cannot tell their family and friends. People most Avtar Sandhu Classroom vulnerable are the elderly, so Kent Council wants to warn younger generations about the dangers and set up a poster competition for school pupils to draw up something to warn residents of the issue.

There was a huge response from children throughout the county and it was difficult to pick a winner. The top 5 winners were presented prizes and certificates in Maidstone library. These were presented by Ian Treacher, Assistant Head of Trading Standards, Avtar Sandhu, KCC Deputy Cabinet Member for Customer and Communities and Marion Ward, Trading Standards Advice & Education Manager for their hard work and dedication into raising awareness.

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Councillor Sandhu leads Dartford Festival of Light

Councillor Sandhu leads Dartford Festival of Light

The town centre of Dartford was brought to a halt on the 21st October 2011 as the third Dartford Festival of Light took place. The event combined 10 schools from Dartford along with their parents and members of the public later joined as the parade went on.

The festival aims to bring Dartford together as a community and has been inspired by the Cultural Olympiad.

The festival started outside the Central library, leading onto the High Street and eventually coming back to the park itself. The parade featured bands including Samba groups and drummers and was led by members of Kent County Council and Dartford Borough Council Cllr Jeremy Kite , Cllr Avtar Sandhu, Deputy Cabinet Member for Communities and Mayor of Dartford Cllr Eddy Lampkin along with various other local councillors.

Cllr. Sandhu Congratulates 100th Kent Resident to recieve DofE in One Year.

Cllr. Sandhu Congratulates 100th Kent Resident to recieve DofE in One Year.

Philippa Harris, an 18-year-old girl from Boughton Lees has hit a milestone in 2010 as she became the 100th person from Kent to complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s award in just one year.

The DofE was put in place around 35 years ago to help 14-24 year olds to undertake activities that allow them to help those in their communities as well as helping them to grow personally.

Phillippa Harris gained her Bronze and Silver Awards whilst still at school and later gained her Gold whilst undertaking activities such as dancing and a 4-day expedition. To congratulate her on her amazing achievement, Avtar Sandhu, Deputy Cabinet Member for Community Services attended a ceremony to personally give Phillippa Harris her award for her hard work and dedication to build herself and to help her community.

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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