Stone Parish Council

Council Responsibilities

Stone Parish Council is the closest level of government to the community of Stone. We provide and maintain local facilities to improve the quality of life for our residents.

Contrary to what our title may suggest, we are not affiliated with the Church and have no religious bias. We act as the voice of the people of Stone Parish and will defend or oppose activities in the interest of our residents, particularly planning applications.

We get a budget for annual spending, called our precept, through a portion of council tax paid to Dartford Borough Council. Along with this and income created from services, we actively seek funding from bodies such as the Big Lottery to support our plans.

We hold council and committee meetings which are open to the public, where we discuss matters affecting Stone and plan projects and schemes to benefit the area. We encourage residents to come along to meetings to let us know what you want from your area and influence council decision-making.

The council owns and maintains Stone Recreation Ground at London Road which we hire to local football and cricket teams, as well as for the odd helicopter landing! We also maintain gardens and playgrounds at Horns Cross, Alamein Gardens, Charles Street and Waterstone Park. Since April 2013, we also carry out grounds maintenance at Worcester Park, although this falls under the ownership of Dartford Borough Council.

We also have a large allotment site at Kirby Road with 45 plots for rent. Tenants automatically become members of the Kirby Road Allotment Society which meets periodically to discuss issues and plan projects.

The staff at the council office will help residents with any problems and if it’s not a direct parish council responsibility, will help report the problem to those who can help.

The parish council likes to think of itself as a voice for the local community and will take up issues on behalf of its residents so please talk to us if you need some help.