(22 May) Threat to Longfield's Rail Service has not gone away
Kent County Council held a rail summit at County Hall on 20th May. At the meeting a representative from a pressure group called "North Kent Rail Users Group" called for fast trains from Chatham not to call at Longfield and Meopham. He claimed it "greatly added to journey times" (actually it is just 5 minutes).
For South Eastern they said that when they consulted before they had a lot of objections and only 2 in favour (from KCC and a railwayman). He said they think they should do this because there were lots more people on the train wanting a fast journey than got on at Longfield and Meopham. He said that signalling improvements planned for the line will mean the time difference will increase. They expected to remove the stops from at least one train an hour in the 2014 timetable.See podcast of the rail summit at 1 hr 16min
(17 May) Click here for Report of the annual parish meeting
Only 17 attended to hear amongst other things, of increases in the parish council tax, and future changes to rubbish collection which will mean more bins. The public raised concerns about the state of the Cherry Trees shops, and congestion on Castle Hill when Ash Road is closed.
(16 May) Baby Jessie's surprise arrival on surgery visit
Baby born at New Ash Green Surgery (picture). (Dartford Messenger, p5)
(7 May) Accident and oil spill closes Ash Road for a while. (Heart FM traffic website)
(2 May) Cake celebrates heroes donation
Longfield and New Barn Active Retirement Association raises £2,650 for Help for Heroes. Picture feature (Dartford Messenger 2.5.13 p7)
(2 May) Youngsters get stuck in during visit to butcher
Picture feature on visit by Milestone School Children to Glovers Farm Shop in Hartley. (Dartford Messenger 2.5.13 p16)