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/
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
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.
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:
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 email@example.com, tel 03450 450 063.
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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.
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
Kingston Community Plan
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.
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.