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CambridgeshireCoordinates: 52°36′25″N 0°14′31″W / 52.607°N 0.242°W / 52.607; -0.242

Paston is a residential area and electoral ward of the city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire in the United Kingdom. The area was mainly built and developed in the 1970s and 1980s. Before the development corporation acquired Paston Ridings in 1974, by use of Section 22 of the Commons Act 1899, everyone had right of access to the common land comprising approximately 20 acres (8 ha).

The parish church of All Saints', Paston, situated over the boundary in Walton ward, celebrated its 790th birthday in 2007.

Demographically Paston has become increasingly diverse, including a large Gypsy community. At the 2001 census it had a population of 8,650. As Peterborough expands, the council has introduced a new statutory development plan. Its aim is to accommodate an additional 22,000 homes, 18,000 jobs and over 40,000 people living in the city by 2020. A further 1,200 homes are to be built at Paston as part of this plan.

Paston Ridings County Primary School has been in existence since 1994 and is an amalgamation of the former Infant and Junior Schools. The school has the capacity for 420 pupils with 14 classrooms, two halls, a computer suite and a separate library area. It has its own swimming pool and substantial grounds. Caverstede Early Years Centre is also located here. Following the closure of nearby Walton Comprehensive School in July 2007, secondary pupils from Paston attend The Voyager Academy which opened in September 2007.

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