Kingston Parish Council

Parish Council News

As reported in the October village magazine:

 

Road closure: we have been informed that Church Lane will be closed to traffic between 29 October and 2 November inclusive. The reason is to allow replacement of several electricity poles and will involve work on overhead wires. These are guidance dates and the road may open earlier or later depending on the progress of the work. I have not received any information on the effect on the no. 18 bus, but would expect that during the period of closure, the bus will not pass through Kingston but will stop for passengers to board or alight at the top of Church Lane, as on previous occasions.

 

Village Workday: We are planning a work day from 10.00 – 12.00 on Saturday 20 October, to do various jobs around the village, including:

•Trim back low trees to allow grasscutting access

•Add playbark to Jungle Climber at playground

•Treat seats at playground with preservative

•Clear back brambles on VH car park

•Cut back long grass in goals at playground

 

There has been a poor turnout for recent workdays and it may be that people are just too busy to spare the time. The alternative is that the Parish Council can engage contractors to do this sort of work, obviously at some cost which will find its way into our Council Tax.

I have had a few positive responses but could do with a few more. Please let me know if you are able (even provisionally!) to commit to a couple of hours on 20 October so that I know if we have enough volunteers.

 

Housing development at Bennell Farm, Comberton: outline permission has been granted for up to 90 houses to be built at Bennell Farm in Comberton. There is a mix of housing, and houses will initially be available only to local residents. If you are interested, more information is available at the South Cambs Homelink website: https://www.home-link.org.uk/EhoWizard/Add

 

Local Plan for South Cambridgeshire: this will form the basis for house building in the district over the next 15 years. It was formulated some time ago but it’s adoption has been delayed by various niggles from government inspectors, which has meant that with no plan in place, the South Cambs Planning Committee has been obliged to allow a number of speculative and not-always-desirable developments. At last after some revisions to the original, the government inspectors have concluded that the plan is ‘sound’ subject to some further modifications being made. This means the plan is basically acceptable and therefore the Planning Committee can now reject planning applications not covered by it. For more information see www.scambs.gov.uk/local-plan-examination.

 

Mini-roundabout at the crossroads: the Parish Council has submitted its application for funding and awaits the panel’s decision. It is unlikely to be a clear green light – if accepted, there will ensue further discussions with the Highways engineers to refine our proposals in line with best practice.

 

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 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.