01/06/22CEE: To elect the Chairperson of the Community Engagement & Events Committee for 2022-23

The Chairperson asked for nominations for Chairperson of the Community Engagement & Events Committee for the ensuing year.

Councillor Canham nominated Councillor Thredgle. There were no other nominations.

Members unanimously resolved to name Councillor Thredgle as Chairperson of the Community Engagement & Events Committee for 2022-23.

 

02/06/22CEE: To elect the Vice Chairperson of the Community Engagement & Events Committee for 2022-23

The Chairperson asked for nominations for Vice-Chairperson of the Community Engagement & Events Committee for the ensuing year.

Councillor Thredgle nominated Councillor Hoadley. There were no other nominations.

Members unanimously resolved to name Councillor Hoadley as Vice-Chairperson of the Community Engagement & Events Committee for 2022-23.

 

03/06/22CEE: Apologies for Absence

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor J Fukes and Councillor J McQueen.

 

04/06/22CEE: Disclosure of Pecuniary Interests

There were no disclosures of pecuniary interests.

 

05/06/22CEE: Public Participation

No members of the public wished to speak at this time.

 

06/06/22CEE: To note Committee Terms of Reference

Members were presented with the terms of reference for the Community Engagement & Events Committee.

Members resolved to note the Committee Terms of Reference.

 

07/06/22CEE: To receive an update from Kent Police

Members had been presented with crime statistics for the month of June in Stone by PCSO P McIlravey.

PCSO S Keers gave a verbal update to members on Police activity in the Stone Parish area. Members learned that most reported crime in the area was vehicle crime and there had been an increase in the number of patrols in the most affected areas.

Members noted recent surgeries had enabled residents to have contact with the PCSO’s and improve communication and relationships with the Police.

Members thanked PCSO Keers for the update and resolved to note his report.

 

08/06/22CEE: To receive an update from the Kent Community Warden Service

Members had been presented with a written report from Kent Community Warden (KCW) Jacqueline Fuller. The report detailed several issues that had been reported and resolved by the KCW service including instances of fly-tipping and vandalism. It was reported KC wardens would continue to provide a visible presence within the village and respond to referrals of welfare/safeguarding concerns for vulnerable residents.

Members were advised regarding Kent Community Warden support in response to the war in Ukraine. This included days of helping with donations and volunteering to assist with the growing number of refugees.

Kent Community Warden B Unsworth provided a verbal update to members regarding issues in Stone. This included responding to calls about youths swimming in the St Clements Lake facility and reporting instances of abandoned vehicles to Dartford.

Members asked when Stone would be getting a dedicated warden again. KCW Unsworth advised that recruitment had been extended until the end of August as they had not received enough applications, but that Stone was a priority.

Members thanked KCW Unsworth for his update and resolved to note his report.

 

09/06/22CEE: To receive an update on current and ongoing Youth Service provision

Members received a written report from Mr C Hennis of Playplace regarding the provision of youth services in Stone. The report detailed the history and current membership of the Youth Club on Fridays at Stone Pavilion as well as the outreach programme running on Stone Recreation Ground.

 

Mr Hennis also provided a verbal update to members. Since Covid, it had proved more difficult to retain the numbers of youths regularly attending. Youth workers had reported many cases of social anxiety present in these youths since lockdown.

Several amendments are planned to increase attendance at the Youth Club and engagement with the outreach group on Mondays, including moving closer to the new Playground which sees a lot of activity, particularly in summer months.

Mr Hennis confirmed improvement in communication between Playplace and Council staff would support better promotion of services and improve attendance at the Youth Club going forward.

Members thanked Mr Hennis for his update and resolved to note his report.

 

10/06/22CEE: To resolve proposals for Autumn/Winter 2022 Events

Members were presented with proposals for Autumn/Winter events for 2022.

 

  1. Jubilee Tree Planting Event

Members discussed the proposed details and were happy with the suggestions made by officers.

Members resolved the date of the event would be Thursday 27th October 2022 and would include a plaque to commemorate the event.

 

  1. Christmas Events

Members discussed the options for Christmas events and felt a Christmas market would be ideally located at the Claire Tiltman Centre, with a smaller lights switch-on event at Stone Pavilion on a different day.

Members agreed the Santa Tractor tour was highly successful and were keen to have it again this year

 

Members resolved the dates for three Christmas events as follows:

 

Christmas Market and Grotto – Claire Tiltman Centre on 26th November 2022

 

Christmas Lights Switch-On – Stone Pavilion on Friday 18th November 2022

Santa Tractor Tour – Week of 19th December

 

  1. Remembrance

Members discussed the need to find a Parade Marshall for the event. It was agreed a request would be put out for any serving or ex-serving military in the Parish.

This year also marks the 40-year anniversary of the Falklands conflict and members were keen for this to be marked as part of Remembrance Day.

 

Members resolved that the date of the Remembrance Event would be Sunday 13th November and would take place as usual at the War Memorial on Stone Recreation Ground.

 

  1. Craft Fair

Members discussed the suggested event that had been put forward at the last Community Engagement & Events Committee meeting. It was suggested that the Christmas Market event would achieve the same objectives as the proposed Craft fair and therefore did not require a second event at this stage.

Members resolved to delete this event from the events calendar.

There being no further business, the Chairperson closed the meeting at 20:34.