Councillors Present:

 

Cllr J Burrell

Cllr S Thredgle

Cllr P Cutler

Cllr K Kelly

Cllr L Canham

Cllr J Hoadley

Cllr J McQueen

Cllr M Mitchell

Cllr J Fukes

Cllr L Howes

Cllr C Pearce

Cllr K Grehan

 

 

33/10/19CL: TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Apologies for absence were received from Cllr P Cutler, Cllr S Thredgle and Cllr L Howes

 

34/10/19CL: TO RECEIVE DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

There were no declarations of interest.

 

35/10/19CL: To approve the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on WEDNESDAY 24 JULY 2019, THe SPECIAL MEETING OF THE COUNCIL HELD WEDNESDAY 14 AUGUST 2019 and the SPECIAL MEETING OF THE COUNCIL HELD WEDNESDAY 9 OCTOBER 2019

The minutes were approved and duly signed by the chairman.

 

36/10/19CL: TO DISCUSS MATTERS ARISING FROM PREVIOUS MINUTES

There were no matters arising from the previous minutes.

 

37/10/19CL: TO RECEIVE REPORTS FROM OUTSIDE ORGANISATIONS AND AGENCIES

  1. Kent Police

Members were provided the crime statistics for Stone. PCSO Keers noted a large amount of vehicle theft and warned members of keyless cars and criminals using scanners to pick up the pattern of the keys and then stealing the cars. Members were told to inform residents to leave their lights on in their houses when they go to work as it is dark before people get home now.

Members were told the police will have more officer presence and later shifts over the Halloween period to combat any anti-social behaviour.

  1. Dartford Borough Councillor’s Report for Stone and Castle

Cllr T Oliver provided a written report to members:

After the switch from Amey to Urbaser in the summer, I haven’t received any other complaints or concerns from residents relating to the waste collection service (following some initial teething issues). I assume this means things are now running as they should be but I am happy to share any feedback that others may have.

 

A reminder that the annual Service of Remembrance will take place at the War Memorial in Central Park, Dartford on Sunday 10th November. 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The service will begin at 10.40am and be followed by a march past by veterans, uniformed and youth organisations from the High Street and along Market Street past the War Memorial. Anyone wishing to attend should note that the High Street and Market Street will be closed to traffic from 10.15am on the 10th to allow the service and parade to take place and roads will not re-open until the event has concluded at around midday.

 

The Dartford Festival of Light took place on 18 October. It was organised by Dartford Borough Council in partnership with Cohesion Plus and the Kent Equality Cohesion Council. It was very well attended and a huge success as usual, underling DBC’s commitment to equality and strengthening the local community.

 

A repeat fly-tipper was heavily fined in September as the council continues its crackdown on unlawful tippers. The offence took place at a Recycling point near Southfleet and the individual received fines totalling £2226 pounds – more information can be found on the DBC’s website.

 

Cllr K Grehan told members that she had received lots of reports about the nitrous oxide cannisters being left all over the streets. Many had been cleaned up by litter picking groups and council staff but the advisement is to still report these to the police. Cllr Grehan noted that the waste collections were still infrequent in some places but that she was in contact with Dartford about this.

 

38/10/19CL: TO NOTE THE COUNCIL’S APPROACH TO THE PRODUCTION OF THE STRATEGIC PLAN & TO THE PROPOSED THEMATIC AREAS

Members noted the timeline and proposed thematic areas for the strategic plan.

 

39/10/19CL: TO DISCUSS & RESOLVE ANY MOTIONS FOR SUBMISSION TO THE KALC A.G.M.

Members resolved to propose the motion to relax legislation around the date required to hold the Annual Parish Meeting.

 

40/10/19CL: TO RESOLVE THE COUNCIL’S VOTE FOR NOMINATION TO THE JOINT TRANSPORT BOARD

Members resolved to vote Cllr S Thredgle as Stone Parish Council’s nomination to the Joint Transport Board.

 

41/10/19CL: TO DISCUSS THE CONTRIBUTION MADE BY THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY IN STONE AND TO RESOLVE TO FLY THE PRIDE FLAG DURING PRIDE MONTH EACH YEAR AT THE COUNCIL OFFICES

Item proposed by Cllr K Grehan

Members discussed flying the pride flag at the Pavilion. Members discussed whether the flag would be flown for one day or for the whole month. Members voted and the chairman had the casting vote to approve the council flying the pride flag for the whole month of June.

 

42/10/19CL: TO DISCUSS THE SENIOR CITIZEN’S TEA & CAKE MEETING ON FRIDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER

Item proposed by Cllr K Grehan

Members discussed the recent Seniors Tea & Cake gathering where a question time event was put on for the seniors. Cllr Grehan clarified that the event not be a political one. Members confirmed this was not designed to be the case and that they would endeavour to ensure that these events were not made to be political.

 

 

43/10/19CL: CONSULTATIONS

  1. To discuss and resolve the Council’s response to the Proposed changes to NHS urgent care services in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley

https://www.dartfordgraveshamswanleyccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/public-consultation-proposed-changes-to-nhs-urgent-care-services-in-dartford-gravesham-and-swanley/

Members resolved to respond to this consultation in favour of keeping the care services at Darenth Valley.

 

  1. To discuss and resolve the Council’s response to the KCC annual budget consultation

https://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council/finance-and-budget/our-budget

Members resolved not to respond to this consultation as they had no comments.

 

 

44/10/19CL: FINANCE

  1. To Authorise payments

Full details of payments are provided for member’s approval

Cllr P Cutler excused himself from this item as his son works for one of the contractors on the payment list.

Members Authorized the payments.

 

  1. To discuss and resolve expenditure for the heating in Stone Pavilion

Members discussed the benefits and costs of the different types of boilers available to the pavilion. Members resolved to approve the purchase and install of the gas boiler with 6 members to 3 in favour of this option.

45/10/19CL: EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

To resolve, pursuant to section 1 (2) of the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960, that because of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted, the public and the press leave the meeting during consideration of the following items

 

46/10/19CL: TO RESOLVE THE CONTRACT WITH MOBILE BAR HIRE

Members approved the contract with mobile bar hire.