Schools and colleges
At last, most of the village has the ability to obtain superfast broadband in the form of FTTP ("Fibre To The Premises"). This is new technology, so there have been quite a few delays, difficulties and technical problems, however we have worked hard to resolve these issues. If your service provider is putting obstacles in your way, or says you can't get connected, let us know and we will see what we can do to help. firstname.lastname@example.org
There are also a small number of outlying premises that 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 has been put together on the website to show the work as it progressed. Photos courtesy Pat Draper
Phase 2 (the Main Hall) has also been completed (February 2018), and soon work will begin again to access grants and plan for Phase 3 (outside areas).
County Highway Fault Reporting System
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:
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
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
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).
Kingston Oil Club
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.
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.
Easy Fundraising for the Village Hall
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.
Village Hall Fa-Brick fund
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."
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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.
Your name can be removed at any time, sending an email is easiest, or just contact the Parish Clerk. Messages are sent out 'bcc' so that your email address is not visible to other recipients.