Kingston Parish Council
The Parish Council meets on the third Thursday of each month (except August and December) at 19.30h in the Reading Room. The Council operates under the Local Government Act 1972, which gives it specific Powers to act on certain matters only. Other local government matters, such as holes in the road, or overhanging trees, are dealt with at District (South Hams District Council) or County (Devon County Council) level - see "Who should you get in touch with".
(See under 'Contact Us' for ways to report issues such as holes in the road directly and easily through relevant websites).
Kingston Recreation Ground is managed through a PC Sub Committee, details of which are given under 'Community Amenities'.The Parish Council also runs the Annual Funday in August, see under What's On' in Kingston.
Details of Councillors and the Parish Clerk are available under the left hand tab, 'Contact Details'.
Kingston Parish Council supports the Purple Angel
The global symbol of dementia awareness
Mobile Phone coverage for Kingston?
The Harlequin Group, who are acting on behalf of the government funded, ( DCMS), Mobile Infrastructure Project, have submitted a planning application to SHDC for a phone mast to be built near Blackpost Cross. This would provide coverage for the majority of the parish. A gap in the Scobbiscombe area would be covered by the mast planned for Houghton, near Ringmore. Full details are on the SHDC website . A coverage map can be downloaded here, a diagram of the mast itself here and a location map here. A commercial mast is not a viable proposition for this area so this initiative is likely to be our only chance for a mast.
LATEST A landscape and visual impact assessment is being prepared . Details on http://www.southhams.gov.uk/ Planning no: 29/2585/14/F . Parishioners last chance to comment! We need this mast !
Kingston Parish Council also supports the Rural Services Network. www.rsnonline.org.uk
The Rural Services Network (RSN) represents the interests of rural service providers and their rural communities in England. The RSN:
• Makes representations on issues affecting rural services
• Promotes active networking between service providers and across all sectors
• Establishes and broadcasts rural best practice
• Promotes debate and interaction between agencies/sectors across many areas of joint interest for example rural crime, rural housing, broadband provision and rural health
The Rural Services Network works under a number of separate groupings and subject specific alliances. Each of these groupings works slightly differently. Overall the network comprises around 150 Local Authorities and over 100 non Local Authority service providers in both the public and private sector.
Ensuring that the additional cost of provision of many services across the countryside is reflected in funding formulae is an important issue for the Network. We represent that case to government and other policy makers. We facilitate the All Party Parliamentary Group on Rural Services involving over 60 Parliamentarians.
The Network is unique in Europe. It fosters constructive debate on all English rural service issues, encouraging best practice and active engagement by all with rural issues.
Minutes of Parish Council meetings can be seen under the relevant dates below. The minutes of the Annual Parish Assembly, held in May 2014 are here.
The current minutes are listed below. To view previous year's minutes, click here
Thanks to Mark Harding's work, the Parish Council first published its Emergency Plan in October 2007. Two (quite unlikely) risks have been identified: nuclear disaster at Devonport and the possibility of being snowed in. Kingston is not at risk of serious flooding. The Emergency Plan sets out the procedure for dealing with these risks, working alongside the emergency services organised by county, district and national government.
The Plan is reviewed and updated as necessary each year. The last review took place in June 2013.
A Parish Plan Steering Group worked over many months to consult with villagers and produce a Plan for the future. This was distributed to all households in November 2007 and is available on this site under its own tab on the left hand side of the page. A Parish Plan Implementation Group was set up and a regularly updated Progress Report is available under the same tab. The Advisory Group, set up to implement the Plan, has now finished its work and handed back ongoing actions to the Parish Council.
One of the successful outcomes of the implementation process has been the Kingston Local Lettings Plan finally agreed, by the Guinness Trust and Tor Homes Housing Associations and the South Hams District Council, on March 16th 2009. The Plan ensures that local Kingston people get priority when Housing Association properties come up for rent in the village. A list of 'local selection criteria' are included in the Plan. Please see details under the Parish Plan tab.