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HALF TERM TENNIS PROMOTION
The Stratfield Mortimer tennis courts will be FREE over the half term holidays in October. From Saturday, 20th October up to Sunday, 28th October, the two courts can be booked through Budgens on Victoria Road as normal.
A £5 deposit will be taken when you pick up the key for the tennis court and refunded to you when the key is returned.
Please note that bookings must be made in person at Budgens and the SMPC tennis court rules apply (details can be found here).
NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING(S)
The next committee meetings will be:
Community Projects - Thursday 18th October at 7.30pm in the Parish Council office (behind Mortimer Library), 27 Victoria Road, Mortimer.
Fairground and Cemetery - Tuesday 23rd October at 6.45pm in St John's Hall, West End Road, Mortimer.
Planning - Thursday 25th October at 5.15pm in the Parish Council office (behind Mortimer Library), 27 Victoria Road, Mortimer.
Members of the public and press are welcome to attend.
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.
FOR WEST BERKSHIRE 2036
Have your say.
A number of West Berkshire organisations, working under the umbrella of the West Berkshire Health and Wellbeing Board, have decided that at this time of major national and international change, it is time to start a fresh discussion about what the district might want to look like in 2036. This date has been chosen because it aligns with the timetable for the new West Berkshire Local Plan and because it sets a realistic period over which an agreed long-term ambition can be realised.
Over the next six months the draft Vision will be shaped and amended through discussion, debate and consultation with a wide range of stakeholders from across the district, including residents, businesses and organisations. From this, a consensus will emerge as to what the people of West Berkshire would like their district to look like in 2036.
This consultation is open from 17 September to 5pm on 31 October 2018.
For more information and to take part in the consultation, go to http://info.westberks.gov.uk/wbvision2036
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.