Todays’ announcement that Tesco have finally sold the land at Lowfield Street. concludes a very sorry story for the people of Dartford. Years of promises of a new superstore and housing have come to nothing.
We all recognise that Tesco have let Dartford down badly. However, the failure of this project, which left the Lowfield Street site derelict for years, should prompt important questions and lessons for everyone who has been involved – including the Conservative Council. This simply cannot be allowed to happen again. It’s vital that what now comes next on Lowfield Street can become a development of true community value.
It’s good news that the sale has finally gone through and we welcome the new owners, Meyer Bergman to Dartford. It’s great to hear that they want to make a positive contribution to our town. I’m sure they will recognise, as we all do, that Dartford town centre can only thrive again if the needs of the community and the aspirations of local people are placed at its heart. There is now an opportunity to start building that with a new plan for Lowfield Street. The new owners, and councillors from all sides, need to work together to create something from the ashes. There will be lots of different views on what should happen now and as owners of the site, Meyer Bergman will clearly have their own ideas and we look forward to hearing about them. However, what everyone in Dartford will be agreed on is that after the way our town has been let down over the last decade, the voices of local people– retailers and residents, need to be heard.
Let’s hope this is new start Lowfield Street needs. Labour in Dartford will be playing our part to make it work.
Jonathon Hawkes – Leader, Dartford Labour