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Your Local officers

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Your local PCSO’s are there to deal with concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour in the community.












Helpful contacts over the festive period

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Emergency Helplines

  • Emergency services: 999
  • Non-urgent police enquiries: 101
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: Freephone 0808 2000 247
  • Samaritans: Call free on 116 123. “For anyone in distress or despair, Samaritans will always be there – all day – every day – even on Christmas Day.”

Or Email: jo@samaritans.org or text 07725 90 90 90

 

Homelessness

  • Porchlight: 24-hour Helpline 0800 567 76 99
  • House of Mercy: 01474 329 514 (Edwin Street, Gravesend)
  • Crisis at Christmas: 0300 636 1967

 

Stone Parish Council

  • Council Office at Stone Pavilion will be closed Monday 25th December – Monday 1st January

 

Dartford Borough Council

  • Civic Centre: Usual opening hours except closed Mon 25th, Tues 26th and Mon 1st Jan.

Out of Hours / Emergency Numbers

  • Dartford Borough Council Out of Hours Number: 03456 341212

Call this number for housing and homelessness, dangerous structures, dangerous trees, flooding and other major emergencies, noise, licencing issues, fumes and emergency environmental health complaints.

  • National Power Cut Emergency Line: 105
  • Electricity: 0800 40 40 90
  • Gas: 0800 111 999
  • Water: The following water companies serve Dartford; * Southern 0330 303 0368 * Thames Water 0800 316 9800

 

Local Pharmacy opening times

Christmas Day 25th Dec Boxing Day 26th Dec New Year’s day 1st Jan
Asda Pharmacy, Greenhithe Closed 9am-6pm 10am-6pm
Stone Pharmacy Closed Closed Closed
Boots Pharmacy, Bluewater Closed 9am- midnight 9am- midnight












Stone Parish Council’s response to the Local Governments boundary commission for Englands review of warding arrangements for Dartford Borough.

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Stone Parish Christmas Lights Switch On

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Join us for the festivities!

Featuring a whole host of entertainment and activities, including our headline Ed Sheehan tribute act, Eddie Partridge singing rat pack & swing, Christmas Market, Funfair Rides, Giant Operation, Arts & Crafts, Mulled Wine, and plenty of hot food and refreshments.

The ever popular Santa’s Grotto is still only £1 per child, with every child receiving a christmas gift. Tickets for the Grotto can be booked here… 












St Clements Way Improvement scheme Update

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All the latest information regarding the St Clements Way improvement scheme.

 












Do you have views on potential cycle routes in and around the Ebbsfleet Development?

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Dartford and Gravesham Cycling Forum have been asked by Ebbsfleet Development Corporation to look at existing and potential cycle routes in and around the EDC area. Mandy Garford is heading up a Dartford team to look at the Dartford side and wants to hear the views of Dartford Cyclists! You would be very welcome to join the meeting and look at the plans on Friday 17th November 7-9pm at Stone Pavilion, Hayes Rd. Come along and have your say!

Please contact Mandygarford@stoneparishcouncil.com for details.












Your neighbourhood policing team

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Should you have any concerns over crime and anti-social behaviour in the Parish please contact a member of your neighbourhood policing team.

 

The PCSO team and community warden for Stone Parish will be holding another drop-in session  at Stone Pavilion on Tuesday 7th November 2017, 9am-12. Residents are encouraged to come along to raise any concerns they may have relating to crime in the Parish.












Council approves purchase of CCTV to tackle anti-social behaviour

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Stone Parish Council is to pilot a scheme to install CCTV at strategic points. The Council decided to take a collaborative approach with Dartford Borough Council’s Enforcement & regulatory services, to reduce and hopefully eliminate, increasing anti-social behaviour throughout the Parish and Borough.

Council chairman, John Burrell said: “The council has tried a number of different strategies to stop fly tipping in the Parish, and It continues to support Dartford Borough Council with the removal of fly tip, but with incidents still occurring it was felt that the placement of CCTV would hopefully assist in eradicating the problem.”

This approach puts the resource in place for the CCTV to be deployable anywhere in the Parish for the Council to monitor anti-social behaviour. More information will feature in our Newsletter which will be published at the end of the month…












Have Your Say On The Dartford Council Electoral Review

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The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has formally commenced an electoral review of Dartford Borough Council.

The commission is carrying out a review to deliver electoral equality for voters across the borough. At present some borough councillors represent many more, or many fewer, electors than their colleagues elsewhere in the borough. The reviews aims to correct these imbalances.

The electoral review will recommend new electoral arrangements for Dartford Council. It will propose:

  • The total number of councillors elected to the council in the future
  • The number of wards
  • The number of councillors representing each ward
  • Ward boundaries
  • Names of wards

For parishes, the review can recommend changes to the electoral arrangements of parish and town councils, i.e. the number, names, and boundaries of parish wards and the number of parish councillors for each parish ward. However, this is only in circumstances where the parishes area is to be divided between wards. Even in these circumstances, the Commission will not normally recommend any change to the number of councillors to be elected to a parish or town council. The Commission has no power to consider changes to the external boundaries of a parish or the creation of new parishes.

The public consultation started on Tuesday 26th September 2017 and will run for 10 weeks, during which the Commission is inviting proposals for new ward arrangements. The consultation will close on Monday 4th December 2017.

After considering all representations made during the consultation, the commission hopes to publish draft recommendations in February 2018. There will then be a further period of consultation on the draft recommendations.

Final recommendations are expected to be published in June 2018 and the new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the local elections in 2019.

The Commission welcome views from individuals and organisations across the borough on where they think the new ward patterns should be drawn.

For more advice and to take part in the consultation please click here.

 

 












Two Trees Tea Room

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An exciting new project which will see a tea room being built on Stone Recreation Ground is underway.

Crossways Community Church, who use Stone Pavilion on a regular basis, applied for planning permission to build a tea room on Stone Recreation ground to serve the community. Planning permission was granted for a temporary structure to be installed for a period of 18 months, and it will be used to determine the likely demand for a cafe to be permanently erected on Stone Recreation Ground .

Stone Parish Council have provided the land for the tea room to be built on, and it will sit opposite Stone Pavilion.

The tea room will serve cream tea, cakes, and a variety of tea and coffee, and is hoped to be a positive addition to the community.

It will be know as ‘Two Trees Tea Room’, and is expected to open at the beginning of November 2017.