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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… 












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

 












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.












Would you like a stall at this year’s Stone Parish Christmas Lights switch On?

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Our magical event is the perfect opportunity to showcase your business under our festoon-lit marquee on Stone Recreation Ground.

We are looking for a limited number of stalls to sell gifts and Christmas themed items etc. Pitch hire is priced as follows;

A small business pitch is £15.
A hot food/beverage pitch is £25.

The event is well attended by members of the community, who bring their children along to visit Santa Claus and to join in with the entertainment on offer!

The event is held on Saturday 25th November 2017, 4pm-7pm.

If you would like to attend the event please send an email to bookings@stoneparishcouncil.com and include a short description of your business so we can send over the relevant forms.

We look forward to hearing from you.












October tea and cake activities

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September saw the return of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in conjunction with Macmillan Cancer support. It is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer and people all over the UK host their own Coffee Mornings with all donations made on the day going to Macmillan.

Senior citizens took part in “guess the height of the cake”, and raised £57 in donations.

                                    

At the event we had a Val Doonican tribute singer called John Ripley , who kept residents entertained while they enjoyed a cup of tea and the various cakes on offer.

This month Stone Parish Senior Citizens are invited to attend a halloween themed tea and cake morning on Friday 27th October, where they will watch a horror film and enjoy ice creams as well as the usual tea, coffee and cake. Guests are welcome to arrive from 10am.












Would you like to speak with the PCSO team?

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The PCSO team and community warden for Stone Parish will be at Stone Pavilion on Monday 9th October 2017, 9am-12pm should any residents want to come and speak with the team.

Residents will be able to speak confidentially to the officers and receive advise on any issues they may be concerned with.

Another session is planned at Stone Pavilion for Tuesday 7th November 2017, 9am-12.

The team have said that they are more than happy to be flexible with regards to times they are able to speak to residents as they appreciate some may be at work during the planned drop-in sessions.