1 – Apologies for Absence

Apologies for absence were received from Cllr M Suter & Kent County Councillor Penny Cole

 

2 – Disclosure of Pecuniary Interests

There were no disclosures of pecuniary interests

 

3 – Public Participation

There were no members of the public in attendance.

 

4 – Approval of Minutes

The Minutes for the Meeting of the Council held Wednesday 26 July 2023 and the Extraordinary Meeting of the Council held Wednesday 6 September 2023 were approved.

 

5 – Reports from outside organisation and agencies

 

Dartford Borough Councillors Paul Cutler and David Mote spoke to members regarding the closure of the Orchard Theatre, after reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) was discovered in the roof of the venue. It was hoped work would start soon.

 

Dartford Borough Council has also recently obtained White Ribbon accreditation. This is given to organisations who demonstrate a real commitment to ending men’s violence against women and girls by developing a three-year Action Plan.

 

Members thanked the Councillors and resolved to note their report.

 

6 – Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP)

Members were presented with the publication of the LCWIP document following its Cabinet approval at Dartford Borough Council.

 

Members were pleased to see that Stone Parish Council was already at the forefront of the recommendations in the plan, much of which had arisen from the Stone Parish Neighbourhood Plan.

 

Members resolved to note the publication of the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan.

 

7 – Lads of the Village

Members were informed that the resubmission of the Community asset nomination for the Lads of the Village public house, was currently awaiting feedback from Dartford Borough Council.

 

Members resolved to note the update on The Lads of the Village public house.

 

8 – Stone Recreation Ground Masterplan

Members were informed of the recent decision by Dartford Borough Council to support provision of Community Infrastructure Levy funding of up to £3.8m be allocated towards the Stone Recreation Ground Masterplan Project.

 

Members were presented with the Dartford Borough Council Cabinet report and its recommendations for the award of the CIL funding.

 

Members discussed the need to move forward quickly with the scheme now that this funding was secured as costs would increase over time.

 

The Clerk confirmed that once the planning application was approved, the Council would be looking to put out the tender for the café, landscaping and car park by November.

 

Members thanked the Clerk and RFO for their hard work so far on the plan..

Members resolved to note the report on the Funding arrangements for the Stone Recreation Ground Masterplan.

 

 

9 – Council Services

Members were presented with a report regarding the current usage and planned marketing strategy for the private hire of the Claire Tiltman Centre. The centre has seen increased use by regular and corporate groups since its opening in 2022 and events have been planned to acertain the logistical and staffing requirements to use the centre for private hire.

 

Members discussed the potential of the hall for private use as well as the outside area and felt it had great potential as a wedding venue and for corporate away days.

 

The recent Mayor’s charity tea party was attended by several of the members and feedback received had all been very positive regarding the quality of the venue.

 

Members resolved to note the update.

 

10 – Planning Applications

23/00947/COU   – 103 Hedge Place Road Greenhithe Kent DA9 9JY                                                                                                                      Change of use from residential dwelling (Use Class C3) to childrens carehome (Use Class C2)

Members discussed the application and noted 43 objections raised by local residents.

 

Although members were understanding of the concerns these objections had raised, it was felt the Council could raise no objection on any material considerations.

Members resolved to raise no objection to the application.

 

 

23/00560/FUL – Gurney And White Limited 211 – 213 London Road Stone Kent DA9 9DQ

Raising height of and alteration to roof including dormers and revised roof design with solar panel to create second floor accommodation for 6x 1-bedroom flats and additional first floor accommodation for 4x 2-bedroom flats and change of use of the first floor from business (Class E) to residential (Class C3).

 

Members discussed the application and felt it constituted an overdevelopment of the site. They also felt that the proposed parking was inadequate and would only serve to exacerbate the parking and traffic problems along that stretch of London Road.

Members resolved to object to this application on the grounds of overdevelopment and inadequate parking.

 

11 – Exclusion of Press & Public

There were no members of the public present.

 

12 – GP Provision

Members were presented with a report regarding GP provision in Stone. The report detailed a potential for the provision of GP services at Stone Pavilion. The council is committed to securing improved health and wellbeing provision for parish residents, with objectives in both the council’s Strategic Plan and the Stone Parish Neighbourhood Plan.

 

The council’s recent agreement in principle enabled further dialogue regarding the potential to accommodate service provision at Stone Pavilion, which has resulted in an initial set of Draft Heads of Terms and revised plans based on feedback from the NHS Surveyor. Members were therefore requested to consider these documents and provide feedback regarding necessary amendments or terms and conditions at this stage.

 

Members discussed the importance of moving forward to ascertain what the ICB decide on the viability of the scheme. Members unanimously felt that GP provision was of a high enough importance to the Parish that every avenue should be explored to assist with this.

 

Members voted on the draft heads of terms that were provided.

 

Members unanimously resolved to approve the proposed draft heads of terms.

 

13 – Hospitality Manager Role

Members were provided with a report from the People & Performance Committee detailing the proposed job description and salary scale for the role of Hospitality Manager.

Members resolved to note the report.

 

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