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 on Wednesday 21 June 2023

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

 

5 – Reports from outside organisations and agencies

 

5.1 – Kent County Council

Councillor Cole is unable to attend but has provided a link to a recent Newsletter by Kent County Council.

opens in a new windowLink to the KCC Newsletter that has been sent to residents.

 

5.2 – Dartford Borough Council

There were no Dartford Borough Councillors present.

 

6 – Consultations

 

 

6.1 – Kent Community Warden Service Review

The following message was sent on behalf of the Kent Community Warden Service Review.
 
To help meet the financial challenge the Council is facing, the Community Warden service has been asked to reduce its annual budget by £1 million by 2024-25.
To achieve this level of saving, we will need to redesign the service.
The Consultation Document provides information on:
  • the current Community Warden service, including what it does and how it operates
  • why we are proposing to make changes and how we have developed our proposals
  • the proposed changes to the service and details of other options that have been considered.
The proposals presented in this consultation have been developed with information from service users and input from staff and partners.
Most of the service’s £2.4 million budget provides the salaries of community wardens. To reduce the service budget by the required £1 million, staffing reductions are needed. In summary, we are proposing to:
  • redesign the service, ensuring there is a core Community Warden presence across the county, with teams covering two districts
  • retain the remit and community-based way the service currently works but cover fewer communities
  • use data and information to identify where to place wardens for most impact.
Have your say
Before any decisions are made, we want to hear your views on:
  • how the proposed reductions and approach to allocating wardens could impact you
  • any additional information that you think we need to consider
  • any alternative suggestions for how the service could make the savings
  • the assumptions we have made in the draft  opens in a new windowEquality Impact Assessment (EqIA).
Please read the consultation document attached to this email and complete the online questionnaire below. We are keen to hear your views on our proposals and how any changes may affect you.

opens in a new windowkent.gov.uk/communitywardenreview

 

 

6.2 – Kent Family Hub Services Public Consultation

KCC was one of 75 local authorities successfully awarded Department for Education (DfE) funding to design and implement a three-year Family Hub model in Kent, following the September 2020 review by Dame Andrea Leadsom MP focusing on improving outcomes for babies and the first 1,001 days of a child’s life.
The findings of that review enabled the DfE and Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) to develop a framework to support successful and ambitious local authorities to work with health partners to develop a Start for Life concept and Family Hub model.
Family Hubs brings together and integrates support services for children, young people and families, so that they are easier for people to access. By being focused on building better, strong relationships with families, we can work with multi-agency services, reducing the need for families to tell us their stories more than once and allow them to access help and support how they chose to i.e., from a physical building, outreach in the community or online/virtual. The consultation sets out the range of services that would be available under the Family Hub model, and the different ways they could be delivered.

opens in a new windowwww.kent.gov.uk/familyhubservices

 

6.3 – Major Urban Park at Whitecliffe

Major Urban Park at Whitecliffe

 

7 – Submission of Motion to the KALC AGM

To consider the submission of a motion for consideration at the forthcoming Kent Association of Local Council’s Annual General Meeting.

 

8 – Planning

 

8.1 – To note the temporary closure of Public footpath DR8.

Kent County Council intends to make an Order the effect of which is to temporarily close Public Footpath DR8 along the rear of Ifield Place, near the railway bridge from the 14 August 2023.
The path will be closed for a maximum of six months, although it is expected that it will reopen 1 January 2024.
The path is closed because the bridge decking needs replacing.
The alternative route is via Charles Street and will be signed for the duration of the closure.

 

8.2 – To note the confirmation of public path order for DR9

Members are presented with the notification documents for the diversion of the DR9 footpath.

 

9 – Finance

 

9.1 – Budget Monitoring Report

Members are provided with a Budget Monitoring Report and accompanying Income & Expenditure Report for the quarter ended 30 June 2023 to note.

10 – Stone Recreation Ground Masterplan

10.1 – To note the Stage 3 drawings and updated Cost Plan for the Stone Recreation Ground Masterplan

The Stage 3 drawings have now been finalised to enable production of an updated cost plan to support the council’s funding negotiations.

The attached link provides access to drawing files as they are too large for upload. Production of the Cost Plan is slightly delayed due to the drawings being received later than expected by the QS.

The Cost Plan has now been uploaded for members. It is showing an increase to the overall masterplan of £247,000, with the main area of change in respect to the café including (but not limited to):

  • Introduction of steelwork frame in addition to the timber frame
  • Increase in external paved area
  • Introduction of floor mounted uplights
  • Drainage strategy for the car park and café now detailed, showing a large attenuation tank in the order of 192m3 of attenuation.
  • Allowance for LV and water connections in the highway
  • Inflationary costs