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NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING

The next committee meeting will be:

Planning - Tuesday, 27th November at 5.15pm in the Parish Council Office (behind Mortimer Library), 27 Victoria Road, Mortimer.

Member of the public and press are welcome to attend.

 

MORTIMER’s ROADS AND FOOTPATHS – A PUBLIC FORUM

On Monday, 19th November, everyone is invited to take part in a public forum held by the Parish Council which will look at:

· The Parish Council’s role in Roads and Footpaths around the village;

· The recorded Rights of Way and the plan to register new footpaths.

The meeting will take place in St. John’s Hall at 7.30 pm with an exhibition and refreshments available from 7.00 pm.

There will also be talks on ‘Walking for Health’ and on the ‘Mortimer Heritage Trail’.

A copy of the poster is available here.

 

WEST BERKSHIRE LOCAL PLAN REVIEW (LPR) to 2036

Regulation 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 PortalThis 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 planningpolicy@westberks.gov.uk; 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 planningpolicy@westberks.gov.uk or 01635 519111.

 

REMEMBRANCE DAY ROAD CLOSURES

Temporary road closures will be in place for Sunday’s Remembrance Day Service and Parade at the War Memorial on 11th November between 10.45 am and 11:30 am. The roads affected are The Street (between junctions with West End Road and Hammonds Heath) and Hammonds Heath (between West End Road and Windmill Road). Road warning signs are already out in the village on the route affected.

 

SERVICES AND COMMEMORATIONS TO MARK THE CENTENARY OF THE END OF WORLD WAR I

Remembrance Day on Sunday 11th November is the Centenary of the end of the First World War. To mark this, The Parish of St Mary and St John has additional services and the Parish Council is taking part in “Battle’s Over – A Nations Tribute” on the Fairground from 6.35 pm, including the lighting of a WW1 Beacon of Light

Details of the Services and Commemorations

Details of Battle’s Over Programme

We hope the village will be well represented at the Services and Commemorative Events.

 

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 first Silent Silhouette in place near the War Memorial and another two will be appearing shortly.


 

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. 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.

Also if you know of any other paths that are not marked on the definitive map then also please let the Parish Clerk know.

https://gis1.westberks.gov.uk/ApplicationTemplates/OnlineMap/?vln=PUBLIC%20RIGHTS%20OF%20WAY

 

SILENT SILHOUETTES

The Parish Council have three ‘Silent Silhouettes’ on order from The British Legion as part of our forthcoming Remembrance Day observance and marking the 100 years since the end of the First World War.

The figures will be displayed at points around the village and represent the three main branches of the military as a reminder of the sacrifices made during the First World War.

 

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.