Kingston Parish Council

Parish Council News

As reported in the September village magazine:

 

Parish Council: Tim Fitzjohn has resigned as Parish Councillor and Parish Council Chairman, as he and Liz have now moved to Norfolk. James Clear (formerly Vice- chairman) has been elected as the new Chair, and Julie Conder has been elected Vice-chair. There is a vacancy for one Councillor, which has been advertised in the required manner and, since nobody claimed a poll within the specified time limit, the parish council will now fill the vacancy by co-option.

 

Speed bumps: these have at last been installed, and initial reports suggest they are effective. There was a last-minute change to the profile of the one on Tinker’s Lane (as the initial installation was relatively ineffective) as a result of which it missed its correct white paint treatment. We hope this will be completed shortly.

 

Workday: a small but energetic band of volunteers turned out on Saturday August 19th and achieved the following:

• Road and other signs in the village all cleaned

• Playbark added to the area round the Jungle

Climber at the playground

• Brambles removed from fence at the playground

• Hedge around entrance at playground clipped back

• Old log (which was rotten) removed at playground

• Willow tunnel tidied up at playground

 

Superfast Broadband: most people in the village should now be able to sign up to superfast broadband, although you may need to change your service provider if your present supplier does not offer it. If you are having any difficulties with this, Julie Conder may be able to help; please contact her.

 

Kissing gate near Toft: the walkers amongst you may have noticed a damaged kissing gate on a footpath near Toft, where it meets the old railway line. This is actually in Kingston parish, so we are liaising with Cambridgeshire County Council Rights of Way team and the landowner to resolve the issue. It is taking longer than expected as the solution must provide an appropriate level of security for the horses which the landowner keeps in the field.

Annual audit: the audit of the 2016/17 accounts is now complete, with no problems being found by the auditor.

 

Planning: S/1787/17/LB permission has been requested, and granted, for repairs and lining to a chimney at Thatches, Rectory Lane.

 

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

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.