Kingston Parish Council

Parish Council News

As reported in the August village magazine:

 

Parish Council responsibilities:

 

Apart from their main duties as parish councillors, some members have additional specific responsibilities as follows:

 

James Clear: Chair, Open Spaces

 

Julie Conder: Vice-Chair, Finance, Webmaster, Facebook page, Kingston fibre broadband champion

 

Katherine Reid: Footpaths and Rights of Way

 

Speeding in Kingston:

 

At the Annual Parish Meeting it was suggested thatwe should look again at the

possibility of setting up Community Speedwatch in the village. It has been decided,

following a suggestion put to the parish council, that if the 'right of way' priority at the crossroads could be changed to slow traffic down as it approaches the crossroads, this should have a major beneficial effect on speed in the village. It has been decided that the most effective way of achieving this might be a raised mini-roundabout, similar to the one at the junction of the B1046 and Long Road in Comberton. The parish council is now actively investigating this option and would welcome any comments from residents. As there are a number of disadvantages to the SpeedwatchÍ› scheme, it is felt that this option will be put on hold while we look at the mini-roundabout possibility.

 

Living in harmony with your neighbours:

 

Kingston is known and loved by most of us for the friendly nature of the residents, and general lack of friction and 'issues' arising between us. In the hopes that we can continue to maintain this happy state of affairs the Parish Council have asked me to list the following information and gentle reminders:

 

  • Please clear up after your dog. Most people do, but there are still deposits found here and there. Bagged poop can be disposed of in a normal litter bin of which there are three in the village: two near the crossroads and one outside the playground. It is not acceptable to just leave it at the roadside particularly outside people's houses.

 

 

  • Please do not park any vehicles on grass verges or greens. There is a helpful document with suggestions for places to park on the notice board and (downloadable) the village website: go to

http://kingstonvillage.org.uk/documents/miscellaneous/ParkinginKingston.pdf

 

  • If you are holding a party, with likely noise into the small hours, it is a courtesy to tell your neighbours at least a week beforehand. Please include households in a wide circle – sound carries, especially on warm summer evenings. For those affected, please be tolerant! Noisy parties only occur two or three times a year in the village, usually on a Saturday, and usually to celebrate a wedding, milestone birthday or similar important event.

 

  • If noise from your neighbours becomes a regular nuisance, you should first approach the neighbours to try and reach a reasonable solution. If this fails, you need to contact South Cambs District Council Environmental Health department. There is some useful information on this page:

https://www.scambs.gov.uk/content/noise-nuisance

 

They have a statutory duty to take action where appropriate, but will expect you to have approached the offending party first, and to keep a log of occurrences for a period of time.

 

Contact:

 

If you need to contact the Parish Council about any parish issue, please feel free to do so. Parish councillors are happy to be approached but the best way is through me as Parish Clerk by letter or email (kingstonpc.cambridge@gmail.com)

 

The parish council will protect your identity if requested, but will usually not take any action on letters or complaints which are anonymous. In some cases I can

deal with the matter myself, otherwise I will bring issues to the attention of the full council for discussion and action as required. You are of course very welcome to attend parish council meetings..

 

Planning:

 

The following planning applications have been recently received:

 

S/1804/18/FL First floor extension at 2, Field Row. The parish council agreed to respond 'support'.

 

S/2433/18/FL New site access from Tinkerr's Lane to Town Farm barns, Tinker's Lane. The parish council agreed to respond 'support'..

 

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.