A Safer, Cleaner and Healthier Dartford

Let’s Clean up Dartford – Labour’s Pledge on Litter

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Many residents have told us that the amount of litter in Dartford is something they want to see action on. One of the most important functions of the council is to keep Dartford clean but the Conservatives have not done nearly enough to ensure our borough stays clean and tidy. There is simply an unacceptable level of litter around Dartford. There has not been enough action to prevent litter, nor adequate enforcement against those who drop litter and fly tip in our community. It’s frustrating for residents and local businesses that something that should be a basic responsibility of the council has been neglected for so long.

It’s perhaps unsurprising that Dartford has seen the rise of local litter picking groups, devoting their spare time to cleaning up Dartford. These groups do a fantastic job but while it’s great to see such positive community action, the Conservative Council should be ashamed that Dartford is now increasingly being kept clean by a volunteer army.

The council has a responsibility to keep our streets free from litter. A Labour Council in Dartford will take that responsibility seriously. That’s why we’ll be launching a new plan to tackle litter. We’ll focus on prevention and education – but also enforcement. Labour will ensure that stronger action is taken against those who litter in our community.

A Labour Council Will…

Make cleaning up Dartford a top priority

We’ll launch a new litter strategy that focuses on removal, prevention and introduce stricter enforcement against those who drop litter and engage in fly tipping.

Provide more investment to tackle litter

Labour will provide more litter bins in the borough, and provide more support to our street cleaning teams

Work with the community

We’ll create a role for our local volunteer groups such as Dartford Litterpickers in shaping council policy on litter prevention

Clean up our streets

by introducing a ‘Clean it Up’ anti-dog fouling campaign 

Better support residents

by introducing a series of ‘Community Clear Out Days’ where the council will remove bulky waste from homes for no charge.

A Greener Dartford

Labour believes that making Dartford a greener borough helps us all. However, under the Conservatives, Dartford has one of lowest recycling rates in Kent – way below the national average.  

A Labour Council in Dartford will make improving our current unacceptably low recycling rate a priority. We also know how important the weekly waste collection is to many residents. 

That's why the weekly waste collection will continue under Labour. Unlike the Conservatives, we won't ask residents to make a choice between good services and protecting the environment - A Labour Council will do both.

Labour is committed to making Dartford as sustainable as possible, and we’ll introduce policies that limit the damage from human-caused climate change.

A Labour Council Will…

Improve recycling rates

Labour’s new recycling plan will look at ways of making it easier to residents to recycle and seek to increase public awareness of recycling while continuing to guarantee a weekly waste collection.

Reduce the council’s carbon footprint

including launching a review of the council ground maintenance contract with a view to setting much higher environmental standards.

Promote greener homes

by introducing a programme to make council owned properties more energy efficient including the installation of more solar panels.

Promoting Energy Saving

Ensuring that residents stay warm while using less energy in their homes makes both environmental and financial sense. Less energy use can help the borough to reduce its carbon footprint and help residents to lower their fuel bills. That’s why a Labour Council in Dartford will provide greater support to energy switching and other schemes that help reduce domestic energy use.

A Labour Council Will…

Increase participation in energy saving schemes

by investing in greater publicity and marketing across the borough, so that more residents can take advantage of schemes such as the Green Deal and the Warmer Homes initiative.

Investing in Grassroots Sports

Sport plays a vital role in our civic life. Labour believes we should invest in sport – but that cannot simply be about building expensive infrastructure. Developing grassroots sports will be a priority and ensuring that everyone in our borough is able to participate in sporting activity is an important goal that a Labour Council in Dartford will aim toward. 

We are fortunate to have a wide range of sporting facilities in Dartford, but too often these are under-used by residents. Labour wants to see our sporting facilities opened up, when possible, to all.

A Labour Council in Dartford will ensure that as many people in Dartford can access sporting facilities and ensure sport is truly an activity for all.

A Labour Council Will…

Take sport into the community

by introducing an Active Dartford scheme, providing sports opportunities across the borough, including those areas that do not currently have ready access to sporting facilities. The Active Dartford scheme will give the chance for young people to become accredited sports leaders.

Widen access to sport

Labour will negotiate with schools and colleges to open up sports facilities and playing fields to the community. 

A Healthier Dartford

A Labour Council in Dartford will focus on improving the health of our borough. The Conservatives have shown little interest in this issue over the last twelve years and it shows - Dartford has the fourth lowest life expectancy in Kent and health inequality is a real concern. We know that poor health and poor diets are often associated with the greatest level of economic inequality. Life expectancy is eight years less in the most deprived areas of Dartford than in the least deprived.  

We all have a responsibility to improve the health of Dartford. That’s why a Labour Council in Dartford will take a pro-active approach to public health outcomes and take action to reduce health inequality.

A Labour Council Will…

Put a healthy Dartford at the heart of council policy

by developing a borough wide plan to significantly reduce health inequality over the next four years.

Monitor the growth of fast food establishments in Dartford

More obese children live in Dartford and Gravesham than anywhere else in Kent, yet the Conservatives decision to approve the recent opening of McDonalds near a college shows little understanding of this issue. Labour will review how we can use the planning legislation to limit the number of fast food establishments in the borough.

 

Challenging Street Drinking

A Labour Council in Dartford will be committed to encouraging a safer, more family friendly environment in our town centre and that will include tackling the problem of street drinking.  Anti social behaviour caused by problem drinking can make our town a less attractive place for visitors, businesses and residents. It also can have serious health impacts on those who are consuming alcohol in this way.  We need to get to the root of the problems, but we also need to make sure council officers have the right powers to tackle issues. Labour will review how council officers can engage robustly with those who create problems.

Labour will take action where alcohol is being sold irresponsibly in Dartford by launching a Reduce the Strength campaign – working with local off-licenses so they do not to stock high strength beer, lagers and ciders.

A Labour Council Will…

Tackle the reckless selling of high strength alcohol

by introducing a ‘Reduce the Strength’ campaign and voluntary code of conduct – working with retailers to stop stocking beers, lagers and ciders over 6.5% strength.

Create a safer evening environment in Dartford

by working the police to ensure more licence reviews occur on premises that sell alcohol irresponsibly.

Create a safer town centre

by giving council officers the same powers to seize alcohol from street drinkers as the police.

Safer Streets

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Residents tell us that they want to make their local communities places where friends and neighbours can come together in a safe environment. A Labour Council in Dartford will take steps to make our streets and residential areas safer environment for families.

A Labour Council Will…

Transform residential streets for families

by working with Kent County Council to deliver play streets in Dartford - enabling residents to apply to close their street to traffic for a few hours per week to enable children to play freely and safely in their neighbourhood.

Make our streets safer by supporting a 20mph limit

for residential streets, shopping centres and close to schools where residents approve of them in consultation.

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