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Local Information - Gas updated 13.1.10

Gas Governor Site off Ash Road

Gas Supply today
The coverage of Hartley by mains gas is still somewhat patchy outside the central area. The Bramblefield Estate near Longfield Station is all electric, and it has still not reached the southern end of Church Road, where many households rely on Calorgas.  The number involved probably hasn't changed since 1984 when the council estimated 271 houses were not on the mains.  The supply of gas is quite complex today, as the industry is fragmented into a large number of producers and retailers.  Householders locally have a large number of would be suppliers of electricity, and prices can be compared at impartial websites like

Like electricity, Dartford had mains gas long before the villages.  The Dartford Gas Company was founded in 1826, and was eventually merged with the South Suburban Gas Company in 1919.  Mains gas was not extended to Hartley until after the Second World War, although the parish meeting requested it in 1927 and the Dartford Chronicle of 7 April 1933 did say that the South Suburban Gas Company was thinking of laying on gas to the village.  In the 1932-3 they presented a bill to Parliament, which was opposed by Dartford Rural District Council.  The council petitioned parliament against the bill on a number of grounds.  They were concerned that the power to charge people in the Hartley - Longfield area up to 2¾d above the basic 9½d per therm would hinder future development.  It also objected to a later proposal in 1935-6 session of parliament because the gas holders proposed for Darenth, Eynsford and Sutton at Hone would be 120 feet high.  It is unclear whether gas would have come to Hartley in the later bill.  Mains gas did not arrive until sometime after the war.  Certainly by 1961 gas had reached Hartley.  Conversion to North Sea Gas occurred in about 1975.

Since March 1997 households in Kent have been able to change their supplier.  The Dartford Times of 9 January 1997 reported a complaint by a resident of Pitfield over the sales tactics of one of the new companies vying for business.

In 1976 South Eastern Gas had either a "Gold Star" tariff with a standing charge of £5.50 per quarter and a cost of 14.1p per therm (0.478p per KWh); or "General Credit" tariff with a lower standing charge of £1.25, but higher unit cost of 21.6p per therm (0.737p per KWh).

Since deregulation comparisons are harder, and metrication has confused things further as gas is now charged by the Kilowatt Hour.  Seeboard Domestic Gas tariff for example has two bands, band A is applied to the first 1,500 KWh or so, and band B to the remainder.  This tariff has no standing charge.  Between 2002 and 2006 Band A has risen from 2.064p per KWh to 3.303p, while Band B has risen more steeply from 1.184p to 2.078p