Kingston Parish Council

Parish Council News

As reported in the May village magazine:

 

Parish Council Elections: James Clear, Julie Conder and Miki Ellar are re-elected as parish councillors, and they will now look to co-opt two people to fill the vacancies. Keith Tan and Trish Dunlop have decided not to stand for re-election and we are most grateful to them for their service on the parish council.

 

Annual Parish Meeting: this meeting will be held on Thursday 17 May at 8.00pm in the village hall. This is a public meeting – not a Parish Council meeting – to which all residents are invited. Reports will be distributed covering various activities relating to Kingston: the Parish Council, the Village Hall Management Committee, the Parochial Church Council etc. Presenters of reports, including our County and District Councillors, may read out brief highlights from their reports and will be able to answer questions. As usual there will be an ‘Open Forum’ session at the end in which anybody can raise matters for discussion which are of common interest. Come along and enjoy a glass of wine as well! We even have upholstered chairs in the village hall now!

 

Data Protection and the parish emailing list: New legislation (General Data Protection Regulations or GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018 adding to existing legislation under the Data Protection Act 1998. Kingston Parish Council must comply with the regulations which require us - among other things - to have permission to hold your personal data. In fact Kingston Parish Council holds very little personal data – an audit has shown it is almost entirely limited to contact details of a number of residents. I have emailed all on our circulation list to ask you to confirm your agreement to Kingston Parish Council holding this information about you, for the purposes of contacting you from time to time about local matters that may be of interest to you, including security and crime prevention, or for the efficient conduct of parish council business, or to manage delivery of the parish magazine, all as we have been doing for many years.

If you have not responded, please do so as soon as convenient. If you are not receiving regular emails from me you are not on the circulation list. Please let me know if you would like to be included by sending an email to kingstonpc.cambridge@gmail.com. You can of course unsubscribe at any time.

 

Peter Stokes, Parish Clerk

 

Playground

 

The goal nets at the playground were recently replaced by the Parish Council at some expense. It is disappointing to see that the far net already has large holes in it - this cannot have happened in normal use so we can only conclude that the damage has occurred through abuse or vandalism. Please keep your eyes open for any such behaviour at the playground and if possible discourage it. If you are aware of misbehaviour and know the culprits, please let the Parish Clerk know.

 

Flooding

Fortunately flooding is not a major problem in the village, but there are some documents available from the County Council everyone should be aware of:

Riparian Owners Factsheet - Do you have a watercourse running through or adjacent to your land? Click here

Emergency Contacts - Do you know how to get help in an emergency? Click here

Blue bins

 

South Cambs District Council has changed its guidance regarding what to do with blue bin overflow. They now advise as follows:

 

If the blue bin is full, excess recyclable material will be collected if placed in one transparent sack next to the blue bin. Please put any glass in your blue bin, not in the sack for safety reasons. One bundle of cardboard may be left next to your bin if it is of a size which would fit inside the bin if there were space. Please tape or tie into a bundle to assist collection. Please do not use other colour wheeled bins for your excess recycling. You can get an additional blue bin free of charge. Contact: email refuse@scambs.gov.uk, tel 03450 450 063.

 

Parking:

 

We have had several complaints about inconsiderate parking in the village. We know that parking space is at a premium, but please consider your neighbours when you or your guests park. In particular we ask that vehicles are not parked on village greens, which are a pleasant visual feature of our village, intended as a public amenity. If you do not have space on your own premises, the village hall car park can be used as a temporary parking place.

 

For more parking advice, and an advisory map: click here

Audit of Accounts 2016-17

The external auditors have completed their work on Kingston's Parish Council Annual Return and have found everything to be in order. A copy of the Return including the internal and external audit reports can be downloaded: click here

 

Previous years: 2015-16

2014-15

Kingston Community Plan

To download a copy of the plan: click here

South Cambridgeshire Local Plan

The process is now well underway for South Cambridgeshire District Council to prepare a new Local Plan to cover the period up to 2031. The examination by the inspector is now in progress.

What is a Local Plan?

A Local Plan is a statutory document that local planning authorities must prepare that sets out the Council's vision for its area and includes policies and proposals that set out a framework for new development, the use of land and conservation of key assets. It should look forward over a 15 year period from the date it is adopted.

Under the Government's new Localism approach that will see the abolition of regional plans, the District Council's plan making responsibilities have been enhanced and it is now, for the first time, for the Council to set the overall development strategy for the area, as well as sites for development, working with neighbouring authorities under the 'duty to cooperate'.   - From SCDC Briefing Paper

More information is available on the SCDC website https://www.scambs.gov.uk/localplan

Kingston Oil Club

A reminder that Kingston has a group purchasing scheme in operation to save hassle and achieve good prices for prices for heating oil. We use our local broker Agricole Oil.

For more information: click here

Junction of Church Lane and the B1046

There have been complaints from time to time about long grass at this junction resulting in poor visibility for drivers turning towards Cambridge. The Highways Department is responsible for cutting grass verges, and has a programme to cut them. Unfortunately weather variations can result in growth of the grass between scheduled cuts.

The Highways people can carry out additional cuts, but they need to be requested to do so. Please therefore report to Peter Stokes any problems in this area, and he will pass on a request to the Highways Department.

 

Meeting Dates (subject to confirmation nearer the time)

 

Parish Council meetings in 2017 will be held on 10 Jan, 14 Mar, 8 May (AGM), 

10 Jul, 26 Sep, 14 Nov

 

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held in May.