What people love about living in KSM
43% of people in the micro-survey like Kingston because of its LOCATION and SITUATION, being a rural parish, close to open countryside and the Quantock Hills, whilst also being within easy access of Taunton. Residents value peace and quiet, wildlife, nature, fresh air and Kingston's village setting.
Over a quarter of participants value the strong SENSE OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, the friendliness of residents and the wide range of community activities available.
Also important are our village FACILITIES AND SERVICES - the Church, the pub, the school, the village hall and the garage.
People also like the footpath network and the fact that the village is (mostly) dark, without street-lighting.
What people don't like about living in KSM
The biggest area of dissatisfaction is INFRASTRUCTURE, with over a quarter of respondents mentioning poor broadband, pedestrian and cyclist safety and the inadequate bus service.
In joint second place for dislikes are TRAFFIC and VILLAGE FACILITIES. The existing volume and speed of traffic through the village is clearly of concern, mentioned by over a quarter of participants. Equally important is the absence of a shop and cafe and, to a lesser extent, the lack of post office facilities.
Also worth a mention is the quality of the ENVIRONMENT, with a significant minority of people saying they are concerned about litter, fly-tipping, flood and ditch management, weed control, too much street lighting, and bonfires.
What people would like to see improved
Not surprisingly, many of the answers reflect the 'dislikes' stated before.
42% of people want to see improvements to INFRASTRUCTURE, with broadband easily the top of the list. Other things that could work better are public transport, traffic calming measures, pavements, cycle routes and parking.
Secondly, people would like to see improvements to FACILITIES (more use of the Church, upgrades to the village hall and playing field/pavillion, development of a shop and cafe).
Concerns for the future of KSM
The biggest area of concern is the likely increase in traffic volume and speed of vehicles through the village, caused by potential future developments at Hinckley and north Taunton.
Also of concern are urbanisation and development, both within and outside of the parish.
There are more views to come from a consultation of village societies, clubs and groups. All these views will be used to guide the community planning process, the next stage of which is the preparation and planning of the household survey. The survey will focus on the points felt to be most important to you and will be distributed to all homes in the Parish later this year.