Vacancy for a part time Parish Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer – Kingston (near Lewes) Parish Council

We are looking for someone who is motivated and organised, with excellent administration, bookkeeping and communication skills to join our team. You will need to be proactive and helpful to support our Councillors and our residents and able to work independently from home.

Reporting to the Council you will be required to organise meetings, draft minutes, prepare documentation and follow up on actions. As Responsible Financial Officer you will manage the Council’s accounts and budgeting. You will also liaise with many other organisations and groups, in this key role.

Although an appropriate qualification would be preferred, the Parish Council will support an applicant following appointment to study for the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CILCA) qualification.

Part time: 40 hours a month with flexibility to vary hours to accommodate varied work priorities and projects.
Place of work: Home based with attendance at meetings and site visits as necessary.
Starting rate of pay: £14.90 per hour depending on qualifications and experience.

The application form and the job description are available by email request to clerk@kingston-pc.org.uk

Closing Date: 3 May 2021, with interviews by Zoom during week commencing 10 May.

Kingston Parish Council Small Grant Scheme is open for applications

The council’s grant scheme is designed to support small community groups in Kingston and encourage the development of new groups.

The aim of the scheme is to promote an active community by supporting voluntary, non-profit and charitable groups within the village to help develop or improve the services and activities they provide.
The total grant fund available for any financial year is £1,000, and once those funds have been allocated to individual projects other applications will be informed and carried over for consideration in the next financial year.
Most grants will be given for a maximum of a few hundred pounds only. Download the form and submit to the council for consideration at its next meeting:
Grant application Form

Census 2021

The Census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. Census Day is 21 March 2021. More information can be found here

Your village has £170,000 to spend on Capital Projects

Kingston Parish Council needs your ideas for capital projects which would benefit the village.

If possible, please provide the following:
-a description/specification;
-your rough estimate of costs;
-the potential for additional funding from other sources; and
-what you could do to help take your ideas forward.

Don’t be deterred if you can’t meet any or all of these requirements – your ideas will be valued – but do remember, we only have £170,000.

To stimulate your ideas, some proposals that have already been suggested are:
-Solar panels installed on the roof of the Parish Hall and Community Pavilion
-Additional sport and exercise facilities
-Mobile speed sensors installed on Wellgreen Lane.

Please send your ideas to our Parish Council Clerk at clerk@kingston-pc.org.uk by Friday, 30 April 2021.

Your Parish Council will consider your ideas and decide which should be funded.

Don’t miss this opportunity.
Thank you.

*KPC own a short length of Church Lane. To develop their land, the adjoining owners require access over this land. KPC have granted permission through an Easement valued at £170,000.
This £170,000 is to be used for Capital Projects proposed by the residents of Kingston Parish.

Countryside Access & Livestock Worrying. A letter from PCSO Rose Stainer

Good Afternoon,

Our Rural Crime Team have had a meeting with Maria Caulfield to address a few issues that have been raised by the local farmers.
Due to the lockdown the following concerns were raised at the meeting.

*Damage to footpaths and fencing.
*Damage to signage.
*Damage to rights of way through excessive erosion.
*Horses using footpaths instead of bridleways.
*People straying off footpaths and over private property.
*Increased public order incidents when behaviour is challenged by the land owners.
*Increased livestock worrying incidents.

Our response to this will be the following:-

*Police signage to be handed to local farmers.
*A concerted amount of time will be spent in these areas, especially on sunny days where footfall is going to be greatly increased.
*Fines will be issued to people breaching Covid-19 guidelines.
*PC’s will issue Community Protection Warnings to people who have no control (verbal or otherwise) over their dogs.
*Social media will be used to help educate people on the importance of respecting the countryside.

There is also DPA’s in place which is directed patrol activity in these areas to help be a increased presence and help educate people.

If you hear about any of the issues raised then please let us know either by reporting things via 101 or let your local PCSO know.

Best wishes
Rose

PCSO Rose Stainer
Lewes Neighbourhood Policing Team

Kingston Parish Council continues to follow the Government guidelines.

Kingston Parish Council continues to follow the Government guidelines.

Repairs at the community pavilion are near completion. The pavilion committee will then consider the appropriate Government guidelines and assess these in regard to the possibility of re-opening.

Access to the tennis courts is currently not available during lockdown but will be facilitated as soon as allowed by Kingston Tennis Club in accordance with the Government and Lawn Tennis Club guidelines. Details may be obtained from Kingston Tennis Club.

The children’s play area remains open following Government guidelines and a Covid risk assessment carried out by Lewes District Council (who are contracted to carry out risk assessments for KPC on a monthly and annual basis)

The Village Green and St Pancras Green continue to be available for residents to enjoy out-door exercise but the council asks that people please follow the latest staying safe guidance and social distancing rule.

Anti-social car parking

Here is a link to a notice that you can print out and place under the windscreen wipers of vehicles that you feel are parking inconsiderately in the village – for example, close to a junction, on the grass verges or on the pavements.