Growing Our Local Economy

A Fresh Start for Dartford Town Centre


Last year, residents told us that the town centre should be high on the Council’s list of priorities. We agree. That’s why bringing our town centre back to life will be the first priority of a new Labour Council in Dartford. Our town centre could and should be Dartford’s greatest asset. Sadly, over the last twelve years residents haven’t been listened to and the Conservatives have allowed it to fall into decline.

The Tories’ town centre plan has failed. We need a fresh start. A Labour Council in Dartford will launch a new plan that includes the voices of everyone who cares about the town centre – shoppers and local residents, businesses, charities and community groups.  We can’t promise to fix everything overnight – but we will make it our first priority and Labour will start to make our town centre something we can all be proud of again.

A Labour Council Will...

Attract new businesses to Dartford

by offering a business rate holiday for new independent retailers, small businesses and co-operatives opening in the High Street.

Involve residents by reforming the Dartford Town Team

to ensure it works for local people. We will bring greater openness, transparency and accountability to the work of the town team and make sure that residents, as well as retailers, are represented.

Promote our town

by launching a dedicated town centre website providing information on retailers, events and advertising local businesses in a directory of local traders.

Put pride back into Dartford

by creating a new fund dedicated to improving the appearance of the High Street.

Make the town centre more family friendly

by putting on more family events, tackling anti-social behaviour and using proposed new planning laws to restrict the number of betting shops on our high street.

Listen to residents

A Labour Council will run regular surveys and feedback events so that local people can have their say in the future of their town centre.

Rebuilding Lowfield Street

The current state of Lowfield Street is nothing short of a disgrace. It’s an indictment of Tesco – who have let Dartford down, but also of the Conservative Council that didn’t stand up for our town and let it happen. Labour believes that Lowfield Street has huge potential and it can and should play a big part in the future re-generation of Dartford.

Dartford needs to say goodbye to Tesco and move forward to rebuild Lowfield Street so it can once again become the beating heart of our town. But we can’t just leave it to Tesco to clean up their mess. Labour believes that it’s the duty of the council to use its influence so that the land at Lowfield Street is released and the derelict land and boarded up properties can be replaced by a development of true community value.

The damage that has been done to our town by the mishandling of this project means Dartford deserves nothing less.

A Labour Council Will...

Get tough with Tesco

We’ll seek an agreement that any sale of the land needs to pass a community value test.Promote affordable housing
as a key part of any future development

Develop a new regeneration plan

A New Lowfield Street can be a centre for community hubs and a revitalised night time economy. We’ll set out a new vision for the future.

Involve the community

Our local arts and community groups will be part of the regeneration of Lowfield Street. 

Creating More Local Job Opportunities for Young People

Too many young people in Dartford are still struggling to find work. The lack of local vacancies can often mean travelling long distances for jobs. This often proves expensive and can have a negative impact on family life. 

In the past, local job centres played an important role in providing job and apprenticeship opportunities but the government’s Job Centre Plus scheme is failing job seekers in Dartford. The unsatisfactory experience of many people using Job Centre Plus shows a system that appears more focused on punitive benefit sanctions than finding people a good, local job. 

Any council that believes in growing the local economy should be concerned when local people struggle to find local jobs. That’s why a Labour Council in Dartford will step in where Job Centre Plus has failed and why Labour will help create and promote more jobs for young people in Dartford and give those who are seeking a local job a better chance of finding one.

A Labour Council Will... 

Help our young people get on the job ladder

by partnering with local employers to provide paid work placements for local unemployed people aged 18-24.

Introduce a local job match scheme

Working with recruiters to help place local job seekers with local vacancies.

Help increase training opportunities

by working with colleges and local skills providers to deliver a programme of skills training for young and/or unemployed people in the borough.

Remove barriers to work

by establishing a new scheme, “Apprentices on Wheels”, which will support young people to access more readily employment and skills training. 

Getting the Best Deal for Local People from London Paramount


The proposed London Paramount theme park is great news for Dartford. However, it’s vital that having a major visitor attraction on our doorstep doesn’t only put Dartford on the map – it also needs to benefit the community and create local jobs.  It’s great that London Paramount want to invest in our borough – Labour believes it’s important that they invest in our people too.

A Labour Council in Dartford will support this project. We’ll also work with London Paramount to get the best deal for local people. We want to see local firms having the best chance of securing work and contracts on the development and we’ll work with London Paramount to ensure that local people benefit from the employment opportunities that will be offered.

A Labour Council Will...

Work with London Paramount to deliver local skills training programmes

to ensure that local people have the best chance of getting the jobs that will be created.

Be a strong, independent voice for Dartford

during the planning process. We’ll press for firm commitments from London Paramount that community infrastructure will be delivered and that Swanscombe in particular, benefits from new infrastructure and business opportunities.





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