1 – Apologies for Absence

Apologies for absence were received from Cllr C Pearce and Cllr J Fukes and Cllr L Canham.

2 – Disclosure of Pecuniary Interests

There were no disclosures of pecuniary interests.

3 – Public Participation

No members of the public wished to speak at the meeting.

4 – Approval of Minutes

To approve the minutes of the Community Engagement & Events Committee held on Wednesday 9 November 2022

Members resolved to approve the minutes of the Community Engagement & Events Committee held on Wednesday 9 November 2022.

5 – Kent Police

PCSO Keers was unable to attend the committee meeting. The statistics for crime in the area, separated by Borough Ward, can be found using the below links.

https://www.kent.police.uk/area/your-area/kent/dartford/stone-house/about-us/crime-map

 

https://www.kent.police.uk/area/your-area/kent/dartford/stone-castle/about-us/crime-map

 

Members said that the statistics looked alarming at a glance but that this was likely due to the labelling used on the crime map. Members resolved to request further clarification from the PCSO’s in due course.

Members resolved to note the crime statistics for Stone.

6 – Kent Community Warden Service

To receive an update from the Kent Community Warden Service

Kent Community Warden for Stone, Claire Maycock submitted a written update as she was unable to attend the meeting:

I have been clearing some small fly tipping around the area, I am currently working with 2 Stone residents that are struggling financially and socially, I am looking at what services could do for them with their permission.  Hopefully 1 is now engaging with his GP regarding medication and his health as he is self-neglecting.  Social Services OPPD are going to be involved as they have a Self-neglect policy.

I found 15 Fast gas cylinders that were dumped outside St. Mary’s school.  I removed these but they can’t go into any bins as although they can be recycled, they are pressurised gas and could explode in the back of the dust cart!  Luke is helping me find a solution and I will share that amongst other wardens in the areas.

I have been attending the SOS club regularly and getting to some of the residents.  They are helping me support a lady that has recently been scammed. (PCSO also involved).

Noise and ASB in Alamein Gardens, every time I have been walking around there, I don’t see anyone or hear anything.  I have spoke to PCSO Keers about this and it is a lady that is a frequent caller, and she is using all agencies to try and get moved out of this area as she doesn’t like it.  She has been advised on more than 1 occasion.

I am regularly walking and popping into the businesses along London Road to make sure they are all ok, especially the Co-op.

Members resolved to note the Kent Community warden service report.

7 – Youth Services

Members were presented with a verbal update on the current Youth Service Provision from Jane Relf of Playplace.

Jane discussed the challenges that were currently being faced by the youth service team at Playplace. This included the drop in numbers since Covid and the consistency of the current provision. In the last few weeks, the outreach team had been working at Stone Pavilion and had been quite successful. As it gets lighter, more of this provision will be possible. The outreach bus includes games consoles, sports activities, arts & crafts and cooking. They have been providing hot chocolate and toast, to make sure the youths have something to eat and drink.

Work to increase the numbers was ongoing, including speaking to the local schools to advertise there and via social media. Members agreed that consistency was key, so that the youths that most need the service could regularly attend and know when the service was available.

Members were informed that there is a consultation on youth services which is ongoing. The children were also being asked for their opinions as the main users of the service.

Members thanked Jane Relf for her report.

Members resolved to note the Youth provision report.

8 – Events

  1. To note details of the upcoming Easter event at Stone Pavilion/Stone Recreation Ground.

Members were provided with a report outlining the details for the upcoming Spring/Summer events.

Members resolved to note the details of upcoming events for 2023-24

 

  1. To consider plans for Christmas Events 2023.

 

Members were provided with a report on last year’s Christmas events and proposals for this year’s events. It was noted that the first Christmas Market held at the Claire Tiltman Centre had been a great success and worked well. Members agreed that it was preferable to hold this event at the Claire Tiltman Centre again and work on improving the event details based on the feedback received. Members also confirmed they would envisage a smaller event at the Stone Pavilion/Recreation Ground as a Lights Switch-on to include the choir and Santa Clause.

Members agreed that as the opening of the new café and Masterplan works were still in hand and no dates were confirmed that any additional or changes to existing events would be deferred until a timeframe on this was confirmed.

There being no further business, the Chairperson closed the meeting at 19:54.