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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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deputy mayor of dartford 2013

deputy mayor of dartford 2013

deputy mayor of dartford 2013

Deputy Mayor of Dartford 2013

The Deputy Mayor of Dartford, Councillor Avtar Sandhu MBE was first elected into Dartford Borough Council in 2011 as member for Newtown ward.

Living in East Dartford, Councillor Avtar Sandhu MBE (known as Av) is happily married to Sukh with two children, Jas and Harps.

After leaving school, he took over the family business and has built up two successful businesses locally. He runs and owns a fully licensed function hall known as Amar Hall. His second business, Mobile Bar Hire Ltd, is a leader in providing fully licensed bars nationwide. Both businesses are very successful locally and nationally within the hospitality industry.

Councillor Sandhu was a Director of Dartford Football Club and both of his businesses were involved in fundraising for the Princess Park Stadium.

Councillor Sandhu has undertaken considerable charity fundraising, including raising 16,000GBP for the Boxing Day Tsunami Disaster Fund in 2006 and fundraising for BBC Children In Need. Av also supported events nationwide, including raising money for Help for Heroes in central London. He is committed to assisting charities and other organisations in 'making things work'.

Following in the footsteps of his late father, Mr Darshan Sandhu MBE, Councillor Sandhu has always regarded himself as a people's person who listens to people's concerns and then tries to assist and overcome their issues.

Av sits on the boards of Kent Equality Cohesion Council, Kent Peoples Trust and Council for Voluntary Services.

Councillor Sandhu's greatest achievements include receiving an MBE for services to the community of North West Kent followed by being elected as Kent County Councillor representing Dartford North East in 2009.

What do I look to achieve as Deputy Mayor?
As Deputy Mayor of Dartford, I am looking forward to working alongside the Mayor of Dartford, Cllr. Patsy Thurlow. Under her leadership, I am looking forward to representing the Borough of Dartford where ever required. As part of the role of Deputy Mayor of Dartford, I look forward to attending many events within the Borough, being a peoples person, I'm always keen to build relations and meet new community groups, businesses and organisations who are willing to meet the Mayoral team of Dartford. My ultimate achievment as Deputy Mayor of Dartford would be to reach out to those members of the community who perhaps need greater envolvement in the Borough. Fundraising is the key to my year as Deputy Mayor and so I'm 100% committed to raising as much money as possible for the Mayor of Dartford during her term in office (Renal Unit at Darent Valley Hospital and Waller Park Pavilion, mini bus).

Feel free to contact Avtar here.

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.