Kingston News December 2021

Speed sensor

How many cars use Kingston as a rat run? We have been gathering data from the speed sensor installed on Wellgreen Lane in September, and discovered that no fewer than 2000 cars are entering the village from the C7 (Lewes-Newhaven road), on average, every day. Of course, this will include residents’ vehicles, but it’s still quite a figure. We will be moving the speed sensor soon to analyse the traffic flow coming into the village down Ashcombe Lane. Watch this space.

Pothole grief

On the subject of roads, we’ve been hearing a lot of grief over potholes. The place to report potholes is the East Sussex County Council website: if you google ‘escc potholes’ you will be taken straight there. We also strongly advise, if this is a matter of concern to you, that you send a letter to our MP about the paucity of funding from central government to local councils for road repair.

Pavilion back open!

There’s an Open morning at Kingston Pavilion on Saturday December 4th so you can reacquaint (or acquaint!) yourself with our fine community asset which reopened at the end of November. The Pavilion is available for bookings, with a special rate of £9 an hour (or £45 a day) for residents. Contact booking clerk Jerry Sinclair at

Saxondown deadline

December 4th is also the deadline for your comments – positive and negative – on the Saxondown windfall projects proposed by residents (see earlier editions of Kingston News). You can view or download the relevant document on the Parish website at; please only respond to projects in Table 1; those in Table 2 have been ruled out. If you don’t have access to the internet, please ring the pub [01273 472523] to arrange to pick up a print copy.

Small Grants Fund

We are keen to support local groups! There is still £250 left in our Small Grants Fund, which must be spent by March. If any groups would like to bid for this money, please fill in the application form on the KPC website.

Nature recovery film

If you want to learn more about the environmental work that has been carried out recently by the Parish Council and the Kingston Action Group, there’s a short film embedded within the recent South Downs National Park webinar on nature recovery, featuring Christine Moulder of the KPC and Steve Berry of KAG. You can view the film following this link: the section on Kingston starts at around 39.40.

C324 Wellgreen Lane, Kingston – Temporary Road Closure

We have been notified by East Sussex County Council that the following road works will take place:-

From the junction with the U5049 The Street to the junction with the U5069 Snednore, works are a distance of approximately 57 metres.

For the period 23rd August 2021 to 25th August 2021 with works anticipated to take 3 days to complete. The work is necessary to allow BT Openreach to carry out works to lay ducting and replace a pole.

Diversion via: – C324 Ashcombe Lane – A27(T) Ashcombe Roundabout – A275 Brighton Road – C7 Winterbourne Hollow – C7 Bell Lane – C7 Southover High Street – C7 Kingston Road – C324 Wellgreen Lane and vice versa.

Advance warning signs will be placed on site advising of actual date of works.

Saxondown Easement Funds

As you are probably aware, council has been looking into Kingston residents’ many suggestions for potential projects that would benefit from funding from the Saxondown easement windfall. There were some cracking ideas, and we have drawn up a shortlist of those which we are able to deliver (ie which meet the exacting requirements of what the council is allowed to spend this money on). This shortlist will be discussed and ratified at the forthcoming Parish Council Meeting in September (see below). It will subsequently be published through our various communication outlets, including the KPC website and Kingston News. We look forward to comments from Kingston residents on these proposals, which we will take into account before making our final decision about how the funds are allocated.

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

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 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.

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.

Coronavirus Latest Information

Local councils have been advised that people should follow the Government guidelines:

The Government’s main source of advice on Coronavirus includes information on social distancing alongside a wide range of other information and can be found here

Additional information can be found via the Public Health England FAQs that will be updated.