May 9th 2024

2nd May 2024


Members of CRANBROOK & SISSINGHURST PARISH COUNCIL are summoned to attend the annual meeting of Cranbrook & Sissinghurst Parish Council in the Council Chambers, Cranbrook
on THURSDAY 9th MAY 2024 at 7.30 PM


Yours faithfully


Members of the Public – Prior to the start of the meeting, questions and comments are invited from members of the public (limited to 15 minutes in total, a maximum of 3 minutes per person). This provides an opportunity for members of the public to participate before the start of the meeting by asking question, raising concerns or making comments affecting the parish. No decisions can be made during this session, the Chairman may decide to refer any matters raised for further consideration.

 Apologies, if possible, should be received by the Clerk 24 hours prior to the meeting.

 The meeting is routinely recorded as a Clerk’s Aid.




  1. To elect a Chairman of the Council:
    1. To receive nominations and vote on appointment.
    2. To receive the Declaration of Acceptance of Office for the Chair of the Council.
  2. To receive any apologies for non-attendance


  1. Declaration of Interests, Dispensations and Predetermination:

Members are required to declare any interests, dispensations or predetermination on items on this agenda in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct.

Members are reminded that changes to the Register of Interests should be notified to the Clerk.


  1. To elect a Vice Chairman of the Council:
    To receive nominations and vote on appointment.


  1. To elect a Chairman of Policy & Resources:
    To receive nominations and vote on appointment.


  1. To appoint of members to the following Committees, and elect Chairs:
    (Councillors should consider joining a least 2 committees)
  • Community Development
  • Environmental Management
  • Planning and Preservation
  • Properties and Burials


  1. To appointment Delegates and Charity Representatives to other bodies:

(Councilors are expected to volunteer to represent the Parish Council on other bodies)

  • Kent Association of Local Councils
  • Cranbrook Conservation Area Advisory Committee:
  • Cranbrook Tourism Group:
  • Cranbrook Museum:
  • Citizens Advice:
  • Age Concern:
  • The Hop Pickers Line:
  • Tree Warden:
  • Katherine Elizabeth Wood Charity
  • King George V Playing Field
  • John Spicer’s Apprenticing Trust
  • Thomas Adrian Veitch Memorial Fund
  • Sissinghurst Village Hall (previously St George’s Institute)


  1. Confirmation of dates for next year’s Parish Council meetings:
    Propose 2nd Thursday of each month.


  1. To approve and sign as a correct record the minutes of the Full Council Meeting held 11th April 2024


  1. To review and approve Standing Orders, Financial Regulations, Risk Management Plan & Schedule and policy review schedule

Note: Suggested amendments to be submitted to the Clerk at least 48hrs before the meeting.


  1. To review and approve of Banking Arrangements

Propose that all Parish Council Bank accounts will continue to be held by HSBC, Unity Trust and Lloyds. Variable direct debits will continue to be the payment method for items such as the business rates and utilities. BACS will be used for the payment of salaries and their associated costs.


  1. Report from Chair and Committees:

a. Chairman’s Report

b. Policy & Resources:                         Report of the meeting held 7th May for adoption.

c. Planning & Preservation Management: Report of meetings held on 23rd April & 7th

d. Properties & Burial Grounds:             Report of the meeting held 16th April for adoption.

e. Community Development: Time and dates for Councillor Surgeries

f. Environmental Management:

g. Support Weald Schooling Report:


  1. Delegated Reports:


  1. Clerk’s Report:


  1. Correspondence:
  2. County & Borough Councillor Reports:


  1. Items for Information:
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