72/04/21CL: To receive apologies for absence

73/04/21CL: To receive declarations of interest

74/04/21CL: Questions from the public

Members of the public will be able to ask questions. When not speaking, please have your microphone muted. If you wish to speak, please raise your hand using the raised hand button and you will be invited to speak by the Chairman, at which point your microphone will be unmuted.

This item may not exceed 15 minutes.

75/04/21CL: To approve the minutes of the Meeting of the Council held Wednesday 17 March 2021

>View the Draft Minutes for the Meeting of 17 March 2021opens PDF file

76/04/21CL: To receive reports from outside organisations and agencies

  1. Kent Police
  2. Kent County Councillors Report
  3. Dartford Borough Councillor’s Report

>View the Crime Statistics from Kent Police for April 2021opens PDF file

77/04/21CL: To note response to public consultation and resolve formal approval and adoption of the Stone Parish Council 3-year Strategic Plan

Members are requested to note information provided in the attached report that gives details of the recent public consultation on the draft Strategic Plan; the council response to comments received and proposed action or amendment to the plan.

Members are requested to note the corresponding Delivery Plan that provides an overview of resources, timeframes and milestones for strategic plan objectives.

Members are requested to review the final draft of the plan, amended in line with proposals in the Consultation Table, and resolve to approve and formally adopt the Strategic Plan, with immediate effect.

>View the Stone Parish Draft Strategic Plan for 2021 – 2024opens PDF file

>View the Report for the adoption of the Strategic Planopens PDF file

>View Appendix A – Consultation Comments on the Draft Strategic Planopens PDF file

78/04/21CL: To discuss the issue of lorry parking on London Road and resolve action as appropriate to seek remediation

Members are requested to consider the findings of the report in respect of options to alleviate issues caused by lorry parking on London Road.

The attached report contains information regarding the impact of this issue, highlights road safety incidents and provides options for consideration and feedback regarding the situation and  from KCC Councillor Penny Cole, DBC Transport Engineer and Dartford Sergeant at Kent Police.

Members are requested to resolve action to address this issue and any corresponding action equired to enable this.

>View the London Road Lorry Parking Reportopens PDF file


79/04/21CL: To consider request by Halls AFC for support towards delivery of plans for a new Football Club facility at Atlas Park

Following the granting of planning permission for the scheme at Atlas Park, which includes a dedicated football club facility, Halls AFC has approached the council to request support to assist in delivery of the new facility.

>View the Halls AFC Programme of Use April 2021opens PDF file

80/04/21CL: To resolve the Annual Events Calendar for 2021–22

Members are requested to consider the annual events calendar, which has been re-submitted to enable full inclusion of religious celebrations, awareness days and key events.

>View the Awareness Calendar Report 2021-22opens PDF file

81/04/21CL: To note Operations Plan for the Claire Tiltman Centre

Members are requested to note the Operations Plan for the Claire Tiltman, estimated for completion in July 2021.

>View the Claire Tiltman Centre Operations Planopens PDF file

82/04/21CL: To note the Finance Report for the Year ending 31 March 2021

Members are presented with reports for the financial year end 2020-21, along with a current statement of financial position.

>View the Finance Report for the Year ending 31 March 2021opens PDF file

83/04/21CL: To Resolve Approval of the renewal of subscriptions to KALC and NALC for 2021-22

Members are requested to resolve the renewal of the annual subscription of the Council to the Kent Association of Local Councils and the National Association of Local Councils for 2021-22. The renewal cost for the year is £1,944.00 including vat.

>View the Kent Association of Local Councils information leafletopens PDF file

84/04/21CL: To resolve the redistribution of Council grant to Dartford Scouts.

Last year, the Council donated £1,000 to help five young people from Stone Parish  attend the European Scout Jamboree in Poland. Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the event was initially postponed and has recently been cancelled completely.

Neil Gearing of the Dartford District Scout Council has asked the council to confirm whether they would like the donation refunded or if they would be willing to allow these funds to be ring-fenced to be used at a later date. They have confirmed  they would seeking to enable the five young people to use the funds provided towards a similar international Scouting experience, should this  become available. Should the five Scouts not be able to use these funds, they would be used to help other scouts from Dartford attend a similar event in the future.

Of the five scouts, four were from the Brent 6th Scout Group and one was from the Stone Scout Group. As it is uncertain whether the funds will be utilised for their original purpose, and could ultimately be utilised for beneficiaries from outside of the parish, the council may wish to consider re-directing a proportionate amount directly to each group on the provisio that it is spent to provide an alternative enrichment activity for the scouts that have lost out on the opportunity.

Alternatively, the council could replenish the community grants scheme budget to be utilised by other grant applications.

Members are requested to discuss and resolve their preferred outcome for this grant.

85/04/21CL: Payments for Authorisation

Members are requested to resolve authorisation of supplier payments as contained in the report

>View the Schedule of supplier payments for authorisationopens PDF file

86/04/21CL: To note Planning Applications responded to under delegated authority

Planning Application
Council Response
opens in a new window21/00441/FUL– 3 Martin Drive Dartford
Erection of a single storey rear extension
No observation made.
opens in a new window21/00518/VCON – 2 Clarendon Gardens Dartford
Application for variation of condition 2 of planning permission DA/20/1075/FUL in respect of change of pitch roof to a flat roof with the omission of bi-fold doors and replacement with standard windows
No observation made.
opens in a new window21/00516/FUL – 220 Watling Street, Stone
Erection of a single storey front extension
No observation made.
opens in a new window21/00471/LDC– 66 St John’s Road
Application for a Lawful Development Certificate for proposed change of use of existing family dwelling (C3) to supported living (C3b) (single household for six residents with care provided)
No observation made.
opens in a new window21/00449/FUL – 5 Whitby Close, Stone
Erection of a two storey side extension and single storey attached garden store to rear
No observation made.
opens in a new window21/00587/FUL– 26 Castleridge Drive, Greenhithe
Erection of first floor side extension and provision of dormer window in front roof slope, window in front gable, dormer window in side/rear roof slope, roof lights in both side roof slopes and window in flank gable in connection with providing additional rooms in the roof space
No observation made.
opens in a new window21/00572/FUL – 4 St John;s Road, Dartford
Erection of a single storey rear extension
No observation made.

87/04/21CL: Exclusion of Press & Public

To resolve, pursuant to section 1 (2) of the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960, that because of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted, the public and the press leave the meeting during consideration of the following items.


88/04/21CL: To resolve the award of tender for a new playground at Stone Recreation Ground

Following approval of the three-year budget and Strategic Plan objectives in January, a tender opportunity for provision of a new playground at Stone Recreation Ground was advertised on the Contracts Finder and Find a Tender websites, as well as on the council website.

Members are requested to note the assessment of Tenders received to resolve award of tender for provision and installation of a new playground at Stone Recreation Ground.

89/04/21CL: To note proposals for Spinal Point increases for staff as outlined in the report and resolve accordingly

Members are requested to review proposals for spinal point increases, effective from 1st April 2021, as outlined in the report.
The council is required to consider and resolve accordingly