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Author: Neil Kirk

KCC: 2021 Financial Consultation

Kent County Council are holding a consultation on their budget for 2021. They are asking residents to give them feedback on which services should be protected from budget cuts and whether there is support for an increase in council tax to help balance the budget.

A 2% increase would raise a further £14.4million to be spent on adult social care services and increase the KCC element for a band C property by a further £24 (or 46 pence per week).

The consultation runs from 14 October to 24 November 2020 and the document and questionnaire can be found here:


October 2020 Parish Council Meeting

Due to the continued restrictions in place regarding COVID-19, the Parish Council meeting will take place online this month. It will take place at the same time: 19h30.

The meeting will be held using Zoom and any residents wishing to attend should contact the clerk for the meeting details.

Play park re-opening

As per government guidelines, from the 4th of July the play park and outdoor gym can be opened 🌻🤸‍♀️🌳

There are of course guidelines regarding the opening and use of play parks and outdoor gyms:

It will not be possible to ensure regular and complete sanitizing of equipment nor will it be possible to enforce any rules. Some signs will be posted around the play park as reminders of a few key points. The most important being that the 2m social distancing rule must still be adhered to — although this can be tricky with excited children…

Some other points to be mindful of:

  • Try and keep to one family per piece of equipment
  • Sit/picnic in the outside space adjacent to the play park
  • Don’t eat or drink within the play park
  • Use hand sanitizer often, especially before and after play and before eating/drinking
  • Remind your children to not put their mouths on equipment
  • Face masks are not recommended for children under 3 and adults with masks may also be unsettling to some children
  • Keep the area clear and litter-free (take rubbish home if needs be)
  • If it’s too busy to maintain a safe distance
    • come back another time
    • limit the amount of time you spend in it to give others a chance
    • keep to one adult per family (within the play park)

Annual Governance and Accountability Review 2020

Annually, the Parish Council is required to perform a review of the effectiveness of the system of internal control and prepare an annual governance statement in accordance with proper practices in relation to accounts.

The purpose of the annual governance statement is for an authority to report publicly on its arrangements for ensuring that its business is conducted in accordance with the law, regulations and proper practices and that public money is safeguarded and properly accounted for.

You can find the 2020 Annual Governance and Accountability Review (AGAR) here.

June 2020 Parish Council Meeting

The June Parish Council meeting will be taking place online to comply with lockdown regulations.

If any member of the public would like to attend, please contact the Clerk for details.