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Kingston Parish Council
Parking in Kingston is difficult for large events such as a big party, a wedding or funeral. Unless directed, visitors tend to bump up onto any bit of grass verge they can find resulting in nuisance parking, obstructions and damaged verges.
There are in fact two stretches of road in the village which are safe and convenient for parking. There is room for traffic (including buses) to pass, but only in one direction at a time.
If you are organising an event in the village which will bring a number of cars, and to encourage considerate parking, it would be helpful if you could send this map to your guests. As a courtesy to your neighbours, and to preserve our vulnerable verges, please advise visitors NOT to park in the small side roads in the village.
KINGSTON VILLAGE HALL FOR HIRE
• One large and one smaller hall
• Smaller hall newly refurbished
• Up to 50 people sitting
•Tables and chairs supplied
• Fully equipped kitchen
• China, glassware and cutlery
• Alcohol licence
• Disabled access and facilities
Hire charges per hour:
Kingston residents: Before 7pm - £5. After 7pm - £7
Non residents: Before 7pm - £9. After 7pm - £12
Enquiries: Sarah Wright (secretary)
Annual Parish Meeting
The meeting for 2016 was held on Thursday 19th May in the Village Hall. Lively discussion was enjoyed by all who attended.
Minutes, including reports from our District Councillor, are available in pdf format by clicking on the year you are interested in below:
Detailed delivery planning is now under way and it is anticipated that fibre broadband will be delivered to premises in KIngston in stages, with most areas completed by December 2016, and the remainder by June 2017.
BT has confirmed that the majority of premises in Kingston will be served by a fibre to the premise (FTTP) solution, which will enable householders and businesses to upgrade to superfast broadband speeds, or faster if they wish. A small number of harder to reach premises will be covered in follow-on phases of the programme.
For more details about the 'Connecting Cambridgeshire' programme, and latest updates, click here
Village Hall Refurbishment
Building work on Phase 1 of the renovation project started in February 2015, and was completed in the Autumn. A photo gallery is being assembled here on the website to show the work in progress. Photos courtesy Pat Draper
See the Village Hall Upgrade section of the website for details.
Cambridgeshire County Council has introduced a new interactive reporting system for highway problems which will ensure the person reporting the problem is kept fully up to speed with its repair.
The Highways Reporting Project allows people to:
County Highway Fault Reporting System
Report a fault using a web-based mapping system to ensure the exact location is identified and notified to repair teams
Check online to see if the fault has already been reported
Let the customer go online to check progress on repair work
Links: Your neighbourhood
Schools and colleges
Kingston Community Led Plan
Thank you to everyone who contributed their views. The Plan has been written by a group of local residents and formally adopted by the Parish Council, and also submitted to South Cambridgeshire District Council. Copies have been distributed to every household in the village and are also available for download: Click here.
Millennium photo album
An album has come to light containing a number of photos and documents relating to the creation of the millennium tapestry (which hangs in the village hall) and also some cuttings from the Cambridge News of articles around that time, all with pictures of various Kingston residents – many of them, alas, no longer with us. The album will be kept with other Parish Council archives in the village hall. Anybody is welcome to borrow it for a browse through – please let Peter Stokes know.
Home Energy Improvements
Information from South Cambs District Council:-
In addition, for Solid Wall Insulation, you can get up to 75% of the cost, up to £6,000 (pretty similar to what is available under the new local authority Solid Wall Insulation scheme, though in some cases the local authority scheme will offer a better deal, and in none a worse deal).
And if you bought your home in the last 12 months, there’s an additional £500.
We can now raise funds for the Village Hall with just a couple of clicks whenever we go shopping online.
Sign up here (it is free and it is easy): www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/kingstonvillagehall.
To raise funds just log in before you start shopping and up to 15% from each purchase you make will be donated to Kingston Village Hall.
Public Paths and Rights of Way Map
Click here to download a pdf copy of the Kingston Parish map. The map has been supplied to us by Cambridgeshire County Council along with an explanatory note: "Please note that there may be some paths shown in unexpected places. This is because we are still part way (approximately 30% parishes complete) through our project to consolidate the Definitive Map. As a result, what is shown on the other 70% of parishes includes the strictly legal line of every path, and this may not reflect recent or even past diversions where the legal work is not yet complete."
Kingston Play Area:
We remind dog owners that dogs must not be allowed inside the play area unless on a lead. Please clear up after your dog as appropriate, and we ask you not to set dogs loose in Crane’s Lane near the play area because of the risk that they could run unsupervised into the area, either upsetting small children or possibly fouling.
First Responder Scheme
You probably know that First Responders are often the first on the scene at a medical emergency such as a heart attack, and through prompt action, may save a life whilst waiting for the ambulance. We have no such scheme in this area, but a local scheme covering several villages including Kingston is being organised. Start-up funds are being raised (the Parish Council is contributing) and a small team of volunteers is needed as First Responders. Training is provided. Please consider if you could be a First Responder!
There is a village emailing list operated by the Parish Clerk which has two functions:
- information of interest to residents, usually when there is not enough time to wait for the next Parish Magazine. Typically less than 10 messages are sent out per year in this way, so not a deluge of spam!
- Kingston Neighbourhood Watch to alert residents to suspicious persons, nuisance callers, police advice, or anything else in the general area of crime prevention. It is also used to pass on the regular messages we receive via the e-cops service.