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Stratfield Mortimer Community Award 2018
We are looking for nominations for the Stratfield Mortimer Community Award 2018. This is an annual award given to a person who has devoted outstanding time and energy for the benefit of the community of Stratfield Mortimer, irrespective of whether or not they live in the village.
If you know of someone who you think deserves recognition, please nominate them by completing a nomination form. The closing date for nominations is 12th January, 2018 and nomination forms are available here or from The Parish Council Office or Mortimer Library.
Next Committee Meeting(s)
The next meeting(s) are as follows:
- Full Council on Thursday 14th December at 7.30pm in Mortimer Methodist Church, West End Road, Mortimer, RG7 3TB
- Extraordinary Meeting on Thursday 14th December at 9.30pm in Mortimer Methodist Church, West End Road, Mortimer, RG7 3TB
Members of the public and press are welcome to attend all meetings.
Speed Indicator Device (SID) placement in September
The Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council deploys the Speed Indicator Device (SID) in the village from time to time. It is positioned in locations which may have a speeding or safety issue, but the exact location is dictated upon the ability to secure the device to roadside furniture and record data. During September, SID was placed at 16 locations throughout the village at various times and directions of approach.
The device collects information on the volume of traffic together with speed data. This information is then analysed by West Berks Council and made available to local Police by computer. The Police may also decide to locate their equipment in locations of their choice and time.
Further information about this SID placement can be found here.
Mortimer Awarded Funding to Deliver Three New Sports and Leisure Projects
The Parish Council is delighted to announce it has been awarded a grant of almost £8,000 through the West Berkshire Members’ Community Bids scheme to allow it to deliver three exciting community-led village projects:
• An on line system to make tennis court booking simpler and more reliable. This will also enable us to look at broader range of activities on this “all weather play area” and to further promote its use.
• Two low-energy portable lighting towers, that cut the light impact on neighbouring properties during floodlit football activity on the Alfred Palmer Memorial Field and can be moved for use at other village events.
• A power supply to the tennis court area, to run the access system and also to enable the potential use of ball serving machines and provide power for events such as the 10k.
These projects were born out of the Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Development Plan Community Projects Committee, comprising councillors and volunteers, that works to implement ideas identified through the 2015 NDP public questionnaire and other public engagement. A number of proposals were identified at a public Sports and Leisure meeting in October, and put forward to the Parish Council meeting later that month for consideration.
These three were then proposed to our local West Berkshire Councillors, Graham Bridgman and Mollie Lock, to consider bidding for under the Members’ Community Bids scheme. Under the scheme, they can bid to WBC’s Building Communities Together panel for part of a pot of money set aside to provide capital spending to develop local projects (but not running costs – we will be dealing with these). The funding has to be match funded, and the Parish Council has agreed to put up the balance needed from the developer contributions we are holding for just such a purpose.
Graham and Mollie agreed to put a bid in and we have just heard that they were successful!
As the projects develop we will keep you informed, and if you would like to know more about this or other projects that the Parish Council is working on, including if you would like to help out, please contact email@example.com
Resurfacing of the Car Park
This is now complete and the next steps will be the repair and cleaning up of the barrier and gates around the car park.
There have been questions about white-lining of car spaces in the Car Park, but, after seeking advice, it was decided not to do so as it was considered to be a possible limitation on the flexibility of the car park. If white-lining is found to be necessary at a future date, then there is nothing to stop action being taken then.
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.
As a result of the work being done by the NDP Community Projects Committee a number of projects have now been identified that need to be moved on. In the Full Council meeting held on the 14th September, it was agreed to allocate a fresh budget line to the NDP Community Projects budget for professional outside help to advise and assist with these community projects.
A fresh project that is being considered is a Bio-Diversity and Green Spaces Project for the community and its scoping document was approved by Full Council to proceed. Further information on the Bio-Diversity and Green Spaces Project can be found here.
The Autumn 2017 Newsletter has now been delivered to properties in the Parish. Further hard copies can be obtained from the Parish Council Office and Mortimer Library or an electronic version can be found here.
A copy of the Special NDP Projects Newsletter, which was delivered back in September, can be found here.