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RESIGNATION OF CLLR. TINA READE
We are sorry to announce the resignation of Cllr. Tina Reade as a Parish Councillor.
Tina has been a very active member of the SMPC, including being Chairman since May 2018 and the Council would like to thank her for all of her hard work and extend their best wishes to her.
As Vice Chairman, Cllr. Mike Dennett will be acting Chairman until the next Full Council meeting on Thursday 14th February, when a new Chairman will be appointed.
This year is Parish Council election year with elections for the whole Council on 2nd May. Because of the closeness of the election, the vacancy does not have to be declared and advertised, though the Council may co-opt to fill the vacancy until May. The Council will consider whether to co-opt at its meeting in February.
NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS
The next meetings will be:
Planning Committee - Thursday, 10th January 2019 at 6.45pm in the Methodist Church Hall, West End Road, Mortimer.
Full Council – Thursday, 10th January 2019 at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Hall, West End Road, Mortimer.
Member of the public and press are welcome to attend.
WEST BERKSHIRE BUDGET PROPOSALS FOR 2019/20
Before making any decisions on these proposals, it's crucial that West Berkshire Council hear your thoughts on their proposals and, more importantly, how the impact of these proposals could be reduced.
WBC want your views by midnight on Sunday, 23rd December 2018. Details can be found at https://info.westberks.gov.uk/budgetproposals
RIGHTS OF WAY
How many paths in Mortimer do you think are protected? By protected we mean the public have a legally protected right to pass and re-pass. There is a definitive map that is held by West Berkshire that marks all paths that are protected but we think there are others. So why are we telling you this. As we all know building space is becoming a premium in the area and developers will try and use as much space as possible. If they fence off or move a border to close a path if it is not on the definitive map, then there is little that can be done to stop it. Across the UK the Country Side Agency estimate that over 10% of paths are not registered. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 states that paths that are not recorded on this map by 2026 will automatically be deemed not a footpath.
The Parish Council has been made aware of three footpaths which are not on the definitive map. These are:
1) Between 2 and 4 Windmill Road through to The Bevers,
2) The junction of Victoria Road and Stephens Road through to Stephens Firs,
3) Between 34 and 35 Stephens Close through to Alfred Palmer Memorial Ground.
The relevant test is whether there is satisfactory evidence that for a period of at least 20 years there has been uninterrupted use by the public. In order to acquire the necessary evidence for West Berkshire Council, the Parish Council, therefore, requests that if any members of the public are able and willing to sign a statement to this effect they should contact the Clerk. If you know of any other paths that are not marked on the definitive map, then please let the Parish Clerk know. https://gis1.westberks.gov.uk/ApplicationTemplates/OnlineMap/?vln=PUBLIC%20RIGHTS%20OF%20WAY
WEST BERKSHIRE LOCAL PLAN REVIEW (LPR)
18 Consultation 9 November - 21 December 2018
West Berkshire Council is reviewing its Local Plan to cover the period up to 2036. Between February and March 2018, they invited comments on the proposed scope and content of the Review as the first part of our consultation under Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended). The comments and suggestions they received are summarised in our Scoping Report Consultation Statement and will be taken forward in the development of the spatial strategy and both strategic and local policies as appropriate.
They are now progressing the LPR with a second round of Regulation 18 consultation which also takes into account revised national policy (as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework that was published in July 2018) and the revisions made to parts of the national Planning Practice Guidance.
They are now seeking your comments on our proposed:
· vision for the LPR;
· revision of the existing spatial areas;
· methodology for reviewing the existing settlement hierarchy;
· criteria for the settlement boundary review; and
· update of our assessment of existing Local Plan policies.
This will be followed up with another consultation in the summer of 2019 with the publication of our assessments of sites that have been submitted to us as part of the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA).
They would welcome your feedback on our proposals which are set out in the Consultation Paper. Your comments should be submitted during the six week consultation period, running from Friday 9 November to 4:30pm on Friday 21 December 2018. They can be made:
Online: using the Council’s Local Plan Consultation Portal: This is the easiest and most efficient way to make your representations.
or by Representation Form: available electronically on the Council’s website and through all libraries in the District and in hard copy at West Berkshire Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury, RG14 5LD between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm on Mondays to Thursdays and 8:30am and 4.30pm on Fridays. Completed representation forms can be returned:
- by email email@example.com; or
- by post to the Planning Policy Team, Development and Planning, West Berkshire District Council, Market Street, Newbury. RG14 5LD
All comments must be received by 4:30pm on Friday 21 December 2018. Please note that all comments will be made available to the public to view and therefore cannot be treated as confidential.
If you have any queries relating to this consultation, please do not hesitate to contact the Planning Policy Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01635 519111.
LEST WE FORGET
To mark the final year of the World War One centenary, the Parish Council has been pleased to support the Royal British Legion’s invitation to say 'Thank You' to the First World War generation who served, sacrificed, rebuilt and changed the nation. Our Silent Silhouettes are in place near the War Memorial.
THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY COMMEMORATIVE TREE
Further to planting the Malus (Crab Apple) tree to commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016, a bronze memorial plaque has now been installed beside the young tree in front of Heath End pond next to war memorial.
PLASTIC FREE MORTIMER
The Parish Council was approached recently by Plastic Free Mortimer, one of a growing number of nationwide groups aiming to encourage local residents and businesses to dispose of plastic waste responsibly and remove the amount of "single use" plastic used.
Andrea Kim of Plastic Free Mortimer spoke and took questions at the recent Full Council meeting on July 12th.
Afterwards the council unanimously passed a resolution of support, in which it was agreed to:
- lead by example and where possible reduce its own use of single use plastics
- Support plastic free initiatives and encourage West Berkshire Council to improve recycling facilities.
- Nominate a Parish Councillor as a named representative on the Plastic Free Mortimer Group, who will attend at least one Plastic Free Mortimer meeting a year.
Councillor Nick Carter, a keen recycler and environmentalist, was duly nominated as the Parish Councillor representative.
NOTICE OF ELECTORS RIGHTS TO INSPECT ACCOUNTS
The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015 No.234) require that The Notice of Electors Rights to Inspect the Annual Accounts for 2016-17 should be publicised on the Parish Council Website and can be found below, along with Sections 26 and 27 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014:
Notice of Electors Rights - 2016.2017 and Local Audit & Accountability Act 2014
Section 1 - Annual Governance Statement 2017/18
Section 2 - Accounting Statements 2017/18 and Unaudited Declaration
SITE DESIGN BRIEF (SDB) FOR MOR006
A further updated version of the SDB for The Site MOR006 can be found here. In particular, changes have been made with regards to Lifetime Homes (LTH), ecology and drainage in accordance with the policies and objectives of the NDP.
The webpage will continue to be updated as necessary.