Picture feature on Hodgson Pharmacy in Station Road, Longfield
David Brazier was reelected councillor for the Sevenoaks Rural North East Division (Hartley, New Ash Green, West Kingsdown) of Kent County Council with a greatly reduced majority of 1,255 in an election that saw a 21 per cent swing to the Green Party. Turnout was up 4% at 34%. The experience of this writer is that only the Green Party appeared to have campaigned, I received 2 leaflets from the Greens and none from the other parties. Hartley has 2 other county councillors, Conservative husband and wife Perry and Penny Cole won Swanley and Dartford East for the party, perhaps the party has trouble finding local candidates in some areas.
The result was:
David Brazier (Cons) 2,887 (59%, -19%)
Laura Manston (Green) 1,632 (33%, +23%)
Ian Rashbrook (Lab) 572 (8%, -4%).
Overall the Conservatives have lost a little ground at Kent County Council, but their majority is not seriously threatened, overall a very good night for the Greens. The new council is Cons 61 (-6), Lab 7 (+2), Lib Dem 6 (-1), Green 5 (+3), Residents 2 (+1), Vacant 1.
Man from Merton Avenue, Hartley, given 12 month suspended sentence and ordered to attend 25 rehabilitation sessions, after being convicted of stealing from his employer. Court heard he had similar convictions in 2000 and 2003. Victim says he thinks sentence was too lenient, and didn't even order the money to be repaid.
Appearance of recreation and wellbeing champion at Old Downs Care Home appears on ITV's 'Game of Talents'. Before the pandemic she toured with a one woman show for 11 years and holds 7 Guiness World Records.
Sarah Wellgreen case featured in TV programme, following similar programme on Sky last year. The Search for Sarah Wellgreen case hope it will raise the profile of the search for her body.
33 year old Sidcup woman fined, banned for 24 months and ordered to do unpaid work after being stopped in Whitehill Road, Longfield, seven times over the limit
He is accused that "he 'routinely inflated' fees for private medical procedures he carried out on patients. He worked at the former Fawkham Hospital.
Picture feature on 21 year old Longfield Parish Councillor and chairman of the Dartford Young Conservatives.
Civil servant with DEFRA from Longfield awarded CBE
16th Century House in New Barn Road second most viewed house in Kent. Said to have been built with timbers from captured Spanish ship
A&E Consultant from Dickens Close, Hartley, raises concerns about hygiene aspects of health club. Their reply claimed they had dealt with the complaint. The article generated a lot of comments.
Mostly about Dartford Town Centre, but council leader Cllr Kite, claims Longfield will also be helped by a "Support our Shops" initiative
Services restored at 10.15am
Fire on Thursday 17th June badly damages the Green Man Pub in Hodsoll Street. Owner vows to rebuild as quickly as possible. Locals raise £6,000 to help out. It has been suggested it was caused by lightning but nothing official. Kent Fire Brigade website reports the call came at 3.39am adding "At the height of the fire, five fire engines, a height vehicle and a bulk water carrier were at the scene, and crews used hose reel jets and compressed air foam to bring the fire under control. Two fire engines and a crew from the Technical Rescue Unit remain at the incident, to check for remaining hot spots and to assess any damage. KFRS’ Volunteers are also in attendance, to provide support to affected residents in the area."
Road completely blocked after furniture, tyres and black sacks dumped in morning of 25th.
Long Valley Hall to be saved from closure by £0.5 million refurbishment, paid for by Longfield Parish Council (£300K) and Public Works Loan Board loan to PC (£200K)