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Merry Christmas and a peaceful 2016 from Dartford's council leader

PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 December 2015

Jeremy Kite

Jeremy Kite

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Jeremy Kite's seasonal message

Dartford Council’s leader Jeremy Kite has sent out the following message for the festive season:

As we approach the end of 2015, Dartford can look back at a great year with lots going on around the Borough. Highlights for me include the opening of the Outdoor Theatre in Central Park which meant some great evenings of Shakespeare and other plays, a second successful season of our Cinema in the Park and the ever popular Dartford Festival!

We’re having a great Christmas and New Year in the town! The lights in the town centre are on and the pantomime at The Orchard Theatre has started. The true meaning of Christmas was remembered at the Carol Concert at the Bandstand in Central Park which took place this week, with performances from the Choir School and the Salvation Army who are always so supportive at this time of year.

The year ahead promises to be a good one and we’re especially looking forward to February and the launch of the new Fairfield – a very exciting development! The new centre includes a fully refurbished swimming pool, new sports hall, gym and plenty of facilities for health-loving families. Judging by the interest from new members, Fairfield promises to be a big success and a great asset for the town.

2016 will be a big year for the town centre too with several initiatives taking place. January sees the introduction of uniformed officers to patrol around the Borough and issue fines to the small number of people who drop litter or fail to clean up after their dogs. For our part, the Council will be ensuring that there are sufficient bins in the town centre and that we do our bit to keep our town clean. From the results of the survey we carried out in the autumn, we know that this will be a worthwhile initiative with many local people saying that the amount of litter created by a small number of inconsiderate people had to be dealt with.

We’re also looking forward to putting on more events again this year culminating with celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday. I’d like to thank all the local people who attended this year’s events, supported them and gave us valuable feedback that we can take on board this coming year.

On the Westminster front we’ll be working to ensure the Government understand that a new river crossing is urgently required East of Gravesend and renewing pressure to get our traffic moving in and around the town. It simply can’t be allowed to carry on, with jams affecting businesses and families every day.

It just leaves me to say I hope you have a great Christmas and a happy and peaceful 2016 - I look forward to seeing you in the year ahead!

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