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Simon Thomson and Dartford Labour Party launch major public consultation on Dartford town centre


Labour – “It’s time the voice of the local people was heard”

This week Dartford Labour Party is launching a major public consultation enabling local residents to have their say on the future of Dartford town centre. The consultation, which begins with the launch of an online survey, will ask local residents what they currently like about the town centre – as well as what they would like to see improved in the future. After 12 years of Conservative control at Dartford Borough Council, during which the town centre has fallen into decline, this is the first time local people are being given the chance to voice their opinion on how they would like to see it change in the future.

Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Dartford Simon Thomson said;

 “There is no doubt that the future of the town centre is something that people in Dartford feel passionately about. However, there is a real sense of frustration too – frustration about how the Conservatives have allowed our once proud town centre to decline”

“At last months Dartford Festival we asked people to tell us their views on the town centre. We heard some great ideas on how they would like to see our town centre improve. It was clear that local people have an enormous amount to contribute to this debate but the Conservatives have not provided an opportunity for the voice of local people to be heard. Labour is making sure people are heard and if I’m elected MP for Dartford I’ll ensure that residents have an opportunity to express their views on vital local issues like this.”

Labour’s shadow leader of Dartford Borough Council, Geoff Prout commented; 

“For too long the views of local people have been ignored by this Conservative administration. We want that to change. By taking part in this consultation residents finally have an opportunity to let the council know what they want to see in the town centre. The results of the consultation will inform how a future Labour council in Dartford will re-generate the town centre. It’s time the voice of local people was heard and a Labour council will put residents at the heart of everything we do.”

The consultation, which launches this Saturday 16th August will be open until the 15th September. The online survey, which takes approximately 10 minutes to complete can be accessed at:


Twitter: @Dartford_Labour          
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DartfordLabour

The results of the survey will be released to the press and shared with residents from 22nd September.



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