Kingston Parish Council

Parish Council News

As reported in the December village magazine:

 

Comberton Greenway:

 

By now everyone should have received the consultation documentation for the

proposed Comberton Greenway. Although there are no proposals to extend it to Kingston, our District Councillor, Tumi Hawkins is encouraging all residents to respond, saying we would like to see a footpath/cycleway connecting Kingston to Cambridge. Tumi’s view is that if we don’t do this, having been included in the consultation, this could be construed as ‘no demand from Kingston’. You don’t have to respond to all the detailed questions, just express your view in one of the large boxes.

 

Volunteers needed:

 

It has been proposed that a community car lift scheme could be set up for Kingston.

We were thinking mainly of the more senior non-drivers in the village, but it could be potentially useful to anybody who needs a lift somewhere (car in for servicing, one-

car family etc). It would work like this:

 

1.The person requiring a lift emails me with the requirement.

 

2.Using a contact database set up for the purpose, I would relay the requirement to all the volunteers who have joined the scheme as lift-offerers.

 

3.Anybody who is in a position to help contacts the lift-requirer directly to agree the details!

 

Rather than use the main email circulation list (see below) I envisage that I would set up a separate list comprising only those people who are willing to be included – so people who do not want to volunteer are not inconvenienced by irrelevant emails.

 

There is no commitment or pressure! Having volunteered, you only need to respond if you are in a position to help and are willing to do so. It might be that you can drop the person off where required, perhaps with a slight detour, perhaps pick up as well, or if you are feeling particularly neighbourly you might provide the complete taxi service. Or if you can’t help, just keep quiet!

 

It will only work if a reasonable number of people volunteer to be on the contact list.

 

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE WILLING by emailing me (see below). Even if you would only be available at certain times of the day, or on certain days, it is still worth putting your name up. You can ask to be removed from the list at any time.

 

Village emailing list:

 

A reminder that I hold the village emailing list referred to above, used to circulate information of potential interest andrelevance to Kingston residents. Most village households have at least one member included. Please let me know by email (see below)

if you wish to be included – if you are not currently receiving any circulation list emails from me you are not on the list. Any or all members of your household can be included as you wish. You can unsubscribe at any time.

 

Emergency Plan:

 

South Cambs District Council is asking all Parish Councils in the District to formulate an

Emergency Plan, to cater for a range of possible emergencies that could befall us without warning. A small team on Kingston Parish Council is working on our Plan, so that when complete, hopefully we will be better prepared in the event of an emergency. Part of the Plan involves making a list of locally-available skills or equipment that might be needed in a range of situations, so we know who to turn to. If you have skills or qualifications in any of these areas, or any other skills that might be useful, and you would be willing to be called upon to assist in the event of an emergency, could you please contact me by email (see below).

 

  • Trained First Aider
  • Doctor, nurse or other medical practitioner
  • Radio Amateur
  • Builder/Engineer
  • Electrician

 

Similarly if you have any of the following equipment and would be willing to make it available in case of emergency, please contact me:

 

  • Tractor
  • Portable generator
  • Portable petrol-driven water pump
  • Chain saw

 

Anything else?

 

Potholes etc:

 

Good news: Cambridgeshire County is getting an extra £6.6m extra money next year from the Department of Transport which will go towards repairing roads and investing in small safety, bus priority or walking and cycling schemes.

 

Please report any potholes (or any other Highways fault) using the Highways Departments online tool at https://highwaysreporting.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/

 

CCC has a series of videos showing how they are tackling potholes, which you can view at https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/pothole-video-series/

 

Planning:

 

S/2946/18/FL retrospective application for use of land as amenity area at Kingston Barns: despite objections by Kingston Parish Council this application has been allowed.

 

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.

 

Noisy Neighbours

 

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/environment/pollution/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.

 

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 2017-18

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: 2016-17

2014-15

Kingston Community Plan

To download a copy of the plan: click here

South Cambridgeshire Local Plan

The new Local Plan to cover the period up to 2031 has been found to be "sound" by the inspector and accordingly has been adopted. More information is available on the SCDC website https://www.scambs.gov.uk/localplan

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

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 2019 will be held on  8 January, 5 February (Extraordinary), 18 February (Extraordinary), 12 March, 14 May, 9 July, 10 September, 12 November

 

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held in May.