Planning, Transport and Development Overview and Scrutiny Committee

3 November 2014


For information - Community, Environment and Housing Overview and Scrutiny Committee SCRAIP issued on 15 July 2014



Meeting, Date & Minute


Executive Decision Maker

Action Expected Outcome


Lead Officer


Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure Services report back to the Committee, in terms of performance against priorities for Parish Liaison, on:


o Partnerships formed

o Outcomes achieved

o Results for residents

Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure Services


 The Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure Services will support Parish Liaison through improved locality and place shaping. The Cabinet Member has programmed a series of introductory meetings between himself, parish councils and the Community Partnerships team, which aim to;


. Strengthen the Parish Council relationships with the Borough Council.

. Help the Parish Council (and its community) enhance its status.

. Harness and encourage parish councils to share and provide its expertise and knowledge on local issues.

. Encourage and support partnership working, involvement from other agencies and increased local voluntary action.



 . Cabinet Member introductory meetings held with all Parish Councils in Maidstone - Sarah Robson has diarised a programme of meetings for September to December 2014. The meetings will provide an overview of the Cabinet Member's role and remit, the role of the Community Partnerships team and key priorities supported by the Community Safety Plan, Community Development Plan and Health Inequalities Action Plan.

 . Quarterly Parish Liaison meetings hosted by Zena Cooke and attended by Cllr Perry, Cllr Peter Colling, Cllr Geraldine Brown, Paul Riley, John Littlemore, Sarah Robson and Abi Jessop (KCC Community Engagement Officer).

. Local Plan - D:SE facilitated an LP infrastructure day for the Parish Council.

. Annual Parish Conference held in March 2015. John Littlemore has requested Affordable Housing is added to the Agenda.

. Parish Charter to be refreshed for Maidstone. It will aim to set a standard for the Borough and Parish Councils to work together, respecting a vision for partnership working and acknowledging the borough’s rich and diverse character. A working group has been established (chaired by Cllrs Brown and Perry) and MBC HoS have been engaged and commented on the draft.

Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure Services; Sarah Robson