Parish Council News
Photo of roof and tower of Kingston Parish church, trees in the foreground

As reported in the June village magazine:


New Parish Clerk

Hello! My name is Katie Vickers and I’m excited to be your new Parish Clerk. I have been living in the village for 18 months with my husband and three adorable but challenging teenage and nearly teenage children and we love it here. Previously we lived in Papworth Everard so we know the area really well.
We had a very successful litter pick on 14th May - thank you to everyone who came to help out. Looking forward to meeting everyone soon.


Katie Vickers, Parish Clerk


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:

Audit of Accounts 2021-2022

The 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 audit report can be downloaded: click here


Previous years: 2020-21

                            2019-20

                            2018-19

                            2017-18

                            2016-17

                            2015-16

                            2014-15

 

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

Kingston Community Plan

To download a copy of the plan: 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)


It is expected that Parish Council meetings in 2022 will be held in January, March, May, July, September, and November :- 04 January (Extraordinary), 18 January, 24 February (Extraordinary), 8 March, 17 May, 14 June (extraordinary),12 July, 13 September [further dates tbc]


The Annual Parish Meeting was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of covid-19 restrictions. It is hoped to hold the next meeting in Autumn 2022.

Playground


The goal nets at the playground are replaced from time to time by the Parish Council at some expense. It is disappointing to find the nets with large holes in them that cannot have happened in normal use. 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.


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. 


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