1 – Apologies for absence


To receive apologies for absence.

Relevant Legislation: Local Government Act 1972, s 85.


2 – Disclosure of Pecuniary Interests


To receive disclosure of any pecuniary interests relating to meeting agenda items.

Having declared an interest, a member must not participate in discussion on the matter and must not take part in any vote unless an appropriate dispensation has been granted.

Relevant Legislation: Localism Act 2011, s 31.


3 – Public Participation

The council meets and makes its decisions in public. A council meeting is not a public meeting. It is a meeting held in public and there is no requirement in law which allows members of the public to speak at such meetings.

However, the council is is keen to encourage public attendance at meetings and will therefore provide an opportunity to local registered electors to show it is committed to community engagement.

A maximum of 3 minutes is allowed per person to speak and the total length of time afforded for public participation at each meeting shall be no more than 15 minutes, subject to an extension of this time, in exceptional circumstances, being agreed by the Chairman.

Relevant Legislation: Local Government Act, s 100.


4 – Approval of Minutes

To approve the Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held Wednesday 23 November 2022 and the Special Meeting of the Council held Wednesday 7 December 2022.

Relevant Legislation: Local Government Act 1972, Sch 12, para 41 (1).


5 – Reports from outside organisations

  1. Kent Police – View the Crime Statistics for Stone – December 2022opens PDF file

    2. Kent County Council

    3. Dartford Borough Council


6 – Council Budget 2023-24


To Consider and Ratify recommendation from the Strategy & Finance Committee for the Council Budget for 2023-24.

Members are requested to resolve the annual precept request for 2023-24

The budget proposes a precept sum of sum of £487,342.

The council tax base for 2023-24 is confirmed as 4,255.88 . The Council Tax Support Grant is confirmed at £7,021, unchanged from 2022-23.

Taking into account the respective sums, the proposed budget maintains an annual charge of £114.51 for a Band D property, representing an increase of £5 to Parish Residents.


View the Draft Budget for 2023-24opens PDF file

View the Draft Budget Note 2023-24opens PDF file


7 – Community Grant Award

To Consider and Resolve award of Community Grant Funding to current applicants.

View the Community Grant Application from Spirits Restopens PDF file


8 – Stone Recreation Ground Masterplan


To note an update on the Stone Recreation Ground Masterplan.

9 – Events


To note the update on events for 2023.

View the Events Report for 2023opens PDF file

10 – Authorisation of Payments


A schedule of proposed supplier payments is attached.

View the schedule of payments for authorisationopens PDF file

Resolution: To resolve authorisation of payment of supplier invoices.


11 – Planning Applications

To resolve observations to Major Planning Applications affecting the parish
Relevant legislation: Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

22/01365/COU  – Rear Of 82 London Road Stone DA2 6AN

Change of use of ancillary storage buildings associated with 82 London Road to self contained storage facility (Class B8) (retrospective application)

The Council objected to a previous planning application last year 21/01461/COU and there are several responses from local residents objecting to this application.