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Co-option of Councillor  

We are pleased to announce that, at the Full Council meeting held on Thursday 14th September, Kevin Johnson was co-opted to fill the vacancy on the Parish Council following the resignation of Tony Butcher.

The  Parish Council would like to thank everyone who applied for the vacancy.

Official Opening of the Pedestrian Crossing

On Tuesday 19th September, Freda Batten will momentarily be coming out of retirement to officially open the new pedestrian crossing. This will take place at 3.10pm as the children come out of school. If you are free, please join Freda, other guests and Parish Councillors for this short ceremony.

Closure of Drury Lane: 18th - 22nd September 

Drury Lane will be CLOSED as above to allow repairs to a leaking water main and the alternative route for all traffic affected is via Pitfield Lane and Turks Lane.

Any queries should be forwarded to Daniella Howard of Thames Water on Tel: 02035 779 058. More information can be found here. 

Next Meeting(s)  

The next meeting will be the Planning Committee meeting at 5.15pm on Tuesday 28th September in the Parish Council Office, 27 Victoria Road (behind Mortimer Library), Mortimer, RG7 3SH. 

Befriend Project West Berkshire 

Befriend Project is a charity managed from the West Berkshire Volunteer Centre, looking for volunteers in this area to befriend lonely people over 55 years.

It is widely recognised that Befriending is an effective way of tackling social isolation and improve well-being. It can sometimes be the only contact with the outside world and shared interests can be developed.

Once trained, the volunteer will be carefully matched to someone, then just like a friend, they will take a little time to visit once a week or so, to enjoy each others company, or maybe a trip to the garden centre or local gardens.

Interested parties should contact: Befriend West Berkshire, 1 Bolton Place Northbrook Street Newbury RG14 1AJ; befriend@vcwb.org.ok; 01635 49004 

Royal Berkshire Members' Open Day 

The Royal Berkshire Members' Open Day will be taking place on Saturday 23rd September, 2017, 9am to 2pm in the Trust Education Centre, Royal Berkshire Hospital. Please see here for further details. 

NDP Impementation Group (NIG)

The NDP Steering Group is reconstituted as The NDP Implementation Group (NIG) to manage the non-project matters relating to the Stratfield Mortimer NDP and to manage and maintain the NDP as it responds to the needs of the Parish.

Overgrown Hedges


Hedges overgrowing footpaths create a number of requests for action every year.

The Parish Council, however, does not have the powers to enforce maintenance of over growing hedges in the Parish.

What we can do is to notify West Berkshire Council of such overgrowth and they have to respond with a response/action plan within 10 days.

If West  Berkshire are responsible for the hedge themselves, they will need to deal with resolving the matter and advise an action plan.

If the hedge is on private land, it is the responsibility of the landowner to resolve the issue. West Berkshire Council do, however, have the power to enforce such a resolution. 

Whilst the Parish Council is not empowered to be able to directly do anything regarding private hedges, we do report all such matters to West Berkshire Council, if we are aware of them, and keep a log of all such communications and, where possible, seek to influence West Berkshire Council to enforce a remedy as it is empowered to do.

If you have an issue with a hedge the first course of action is speak to the land owner. If this cannot be done or no action is taken the next course of action is to report it to the Parish Council by email on admin@stratfield-mortimer.gov.uk or by phone on 0118 933 1955. It is also always of help if you contact customerservices@westberks.gov.uk as well.

Public-drop in Event About NHS Research in Berkshire 

The public will be able to find out about research taking place in Berkshire’s NHS and how they can get involved at an information event on 12 September.

 The event has been organised by the NIHR Clinical Research Network Thames Valley and South Midlands (CRN), an NHS organisation which provides support to enable trials to take place in the NHS and will enable people to talk to NHS nurses and other staff about research into areas including dementia, heart disease, diabetes, stroke and mental health and how to take part.

The drop-in event will be held from 1.30pm to 5.30pm on 12 September in the Victoria Hall at Reading Town Hall, a three minute walk from the train station. No booking is required. For further information can be found here or email comms.crnthamesvalley@nihr.ac.uk or call 01865 227252.

Patients are encouraged to ask their doctor about research opportunities and view trials seeking volunteers at The UK Clinical Trials Gateway www.ukctg.nihr.ac.uk.



Site Design Brief (SDB) for MOR006 

An updated version of the SDB for The Site MOR006 can be found here. This version has been substantially updated and has sought to address all the comments received to date in accordance with the policies and objectives of the NDP.

The webpage will continue to be updated as necessary. 

Mortimer Heritage Trail - 03/08/2017

Produced in conjunction with Mortimer Local History Group,  Mortimer Heritage Trail is now available. There are two walks around Mortimer both just over 2 miles long. Copies are available from Mortimer Library and The Baobab and to download from here: Walk 1; Walk 2

If you have any feedback or suggestions to enhance this guide, please call the Parish Council office on 0118 9331955 or email admin@stratfield-mortimer.go.uk