Welcome to the home of Kingston Parish Council Nr Canterbury in Kent.
Kingston is home to approx 400 residents and nestles at the entrance to the Elham Valley between Bridge and Barham.
A Parish Council consists of elected parishioners who abide by the National Code of Local Government Conduct and have the overall responsibility of safeguarding the well-being of the community they represent. A Parish Council operates within a framework of guidelines and regulations laid down at national, county or district level. Special considerations may apply, such as whether the parish lies within a Conservation Area or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. “A prime function of a Parish Council is to ‘focus public opinion’, to represent such opinion to the outside world, as well as to carry out on a small scale those local tasks which would be uninteresting or uneconomic for the larger authorities” (ref).
A Parish Council interacts closely with agencies such as City and County Councils, the local and county Police Authorities, the National Association of Parish Councils, the Council for the Protection of Rural England, etc. and with neighbouring Parish Councils. It works in harmony with the various village organisations and societies, Neighbourhood Watch, etc., and becomes involved with national events such as the recent Millennium celebrations. It has responsibility for maintaining the Public Rights of Way in the parish and for public areas such as recreation grounds and play areas; in Kingston, the latter are the responsibility of the Kingston Village Hall Trust. In particular, a Parish Council deals with concerns of the village, such as speeding traffic or potential loss of its amenities, and with serious events that threaten the community, such as, in the case of Kingston, the Barham Downs, the recent flooding crisis, etc. The Parish Council applies for funding and grants from a number of sources to discharge its duties on behalf of the parish.
Ref “Local Council Administration”, Charles Arnold-Baker.
Meetings of the Parish Council are held on a regular basis, in the Barn Kingston Canterbury, Kent at 7.30pm on the first Monday of each month and are open to the public.