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

Parish Council News

As reported in the December village magazine:


Kingston workday
Thank you to everyone who came and dealt with thickets of brambles and pruned hedges and apple trees in The Orchard on 13th and to James who kindly removed all the waste which I think is a bigger job than cutting it all back!


Kingston recreation / play area
The wooden surround to keep the bark in place around the play equipment has
been replaced by Martin from Saunders Landscapes who was very prompt and
amenable to ensure this will see through the next generation or two of Kingston
children.


Local plan consultation
Again bringing your attention to the open consultation on the Greater Cambridge Local Plan (greatercambridgeplanning.org) which sets out the future land use and planning policies for the area over the next 20 years. Although Kingston and the immediate villages have no new settlement plans proposed, seemingly the closest to our parish are the 1,950 houses slated for 2030 near Cambourne Station, the location of which is yet to be determined under EWR. There is a lot of other information focusing on Green issues, biodiversity and climate change which goes above and beyond national frameworks at this time.


You will see there are drop in and online dates about specific topics, alongside these our District Councillor Tumi Hawkins is holding informal zoom calls for you to ask, clarify or discuss any part of the proposal, she welcomes any feedback or absolutely any questions you may have:


• Wednesday 1st December 7pm to 8.30pm: Meeting ID- 833 8801 5686, Passcode: 301402


The consultation is open for your feedback:
https://consultations.greatercambridgeplanning.org/ closing 13th December 2021.


Covid vigilance

Tumi Hawkins shared with the Parish Council how fast cases were rising in our area. There is a lower than average uptake of the vaccine programme in Cambridge City (although not in South Cambs which is proportionately higher than average) and 70% of the patients in Addenbrookes suffering with COVID are unvaccinated, however this information does indicate how important it is to keep safe and protect ourselves as well as others with the continued message of 'HANDS' 'FACE' 'SPACE'.


Parish Clerk
Unfortunately, I have found it too difficult to juggle the needs of the role with my young children and their growing commitments. I am very keen to stay involved and to help on a voluntary basis in areas I feel I can be useful if that is helpful to the new Clerk and the Parish Council, however it does mean that we have a vacancy. It is an interesting and fulfilling role and comes extremely well supported by all the Councillors (and Peter Stokes!) I am disappointed to not be able to continue and would really like to support the Parish Council in finding someone in the Parish who would be interested in taking on the role. If you are interested or have any questions please do contact me or any of the Councillors.



Mimi Wheeler, Parish Clerk


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.


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 2020-2021

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: 2019-20

                            2018-19

                            2017-18

                            2016-17

                            2015-16

                            2014-15

 

Kingston Community Plan

To download a copy of the plan: click here

Kingston Oil Club

A reminder that Kingston has a group purchasing scheme in operation to save hassle and achieve good 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 2021 will be held on 12 January, 9 March, 4 May, 3 July, 14 September, 9 November


The Annual Parish Meeting is normally held in May (cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of covid-19 restrictions).