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Present: Councillors Mr John Jordan (Chairman), Mrs Pauline Hill, Mr Derek Killingworth, Mrs Jane Lacey & District Councillor Lisa Jones.

In attendance: Mr S Clee (Clerk)

Apologies: Councillors Mr Richard Wignall, Mrs Hilary Baxter, Mrs Fiona Lawson Hughes, Mrs Diane Bird, Mr Graham Higgs & County Cllr Hart.

252 Confirmation of the Minutes:

The minutes of the last meeting held on 12th May 2020 as previously circulated were approved and signed by the Chairman.

253 Declaration of Interest for a) The Meeting and b) Any Changes to be notified to the Registers of Interests and Gifts & Hospitality.

a) None declared. b) There were none.

254 Chairman’s Opening Remarks:

The Chairman welcomes all members to this second virtual meeting of Stone Parish Council. He referred to various issues around the parish that were on going or delayed awaiting action by third parties.

255 Declaration of Interest:

No Councillor declared an interest on any item on today’s agenda.

256 Planning Matters:

The Council noted the current list of Planning Applications approved and pending by WFDC. Councillor Killingworth reported on a letter he had received as Chairman of CALC relating to District Councils ignoring the responses given during the consultation process by district councils. He stated this concerning matter was being taken up at the Executive Committee.

257 Correspondence & Progress Reports:

There was no additional correspondence.

258 County & District Reports:

Council noted the written report from County Cllr Hart. District Councillor Lisa Jones had recently been contacted regarding wasps’ nests and bonfires. Both issues relate to Worcestershire Regulatory Services and the individual cases had been passed on accordingly.

259 Accessibility Policy:

Council approved the Accessibility Policy previously circulated. The policy will be included in members bibles and on the Council Website.

260 Councillor Training:

Council received a verbal report from Councillor Mrs Lacy regarding her recent training course. It was felt that although the course covered a great deal of topics to much weight was given to the Code of Conduct and Finance. Members felt more emphasis should be given to the Planning Process and changes within that brief in future. The Clerk agreed to feed back the comments to CALC Worcestershire who had organised the training programme.

261 Finances:

It was noted the Bank Balance currently stands at £15, 907.57 which includes earmarked reserves and grants for specific works.

  1. Accounts amounting to £2,036.66 as detailed on the expenditure spreadsheet circulated to all councillors prior to the meeting were approved for payment.
  2. Council approved the Annual Governance Statement for 2019-2020 and Authorized the Chairman & Clerk to sign them accordingly.
  3. The Council further Approved the Accounting Statements for 2019-2020 and Authorized the Chairman & Clerk to sign them accordingly.

262 Date of the next Meeting:

There being no other business the meeting ended at 4.55pm. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 8th September 2020 commencing at 7pm.

Chairman……………………8th September 2020

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