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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

FENCING WORK ON THE FAIRGROUND

As of Monday, 18th June, please note that contractors will commence work on the removal and replacement of old fencing on the Fairground which should take between a week and ten days to complete. The work will be along Hammonds Heath and the south side of the Conservation Area, including the installation of two accessibility kissing gates. Please take care in and around the Fairground during this period.

THE NEXT COMMITTEE MEETINGS ARE DUE AS FOLLOWS:

Planning on Tuesday, 26th June at 5.15pm in the Parish Council Office (behind Mortimer Library) 27 Victoria Road, Mortimer RG7 3SH

Communications on Thursday, 28th June at 5.15pm in the Parish Council Office (behind Mortimer Library) 27 Victoria Road, Mortimer RG7 3SH

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend all meetings.

ROAD CLOSURE

Notification has been received from West Berkshire Council that Station Road is currently closed for emergency repairs.

The closure has been implemented as an emergency by Thames Water and may be in place until the 18th June. 

Diversion is via The Street, Cross Lane, Grazeley Road and The Forehead.

The closure can be viewed on roadworks.org - Station Road, Mortimer.  

PAINTING WORK ON THE FAIRGROUND

Please be aware that Contractors will be cleaning and repainting the metal work in the Fairground around the basketball court area, and the playground, including the railings, climbing frame, swings, seating area, etc., from this Thursday (14th June). The work is due to continue during the following week which will, of course, cause some restricted access to facilities during this period.

FAIRGROUND UPDATE

The two Spicas in the playground have now been repaired and orders for the work on the Hip Hop see-saw and giant swing have been placed. This repair work is due to take place by the manufacturers shortly.

LOCAL SPORT AND ACTIVE LEISURE UPDATE

Last autumn we held a productive meeting with people interested in local sport and active leisure, after which the Council engaged consultants to assist us take matters forward. Their brief was to conduct a feasibility study, to coordinate ideas on how we could further develop the provision of facilities in Mortimer and to provide the national sports governing body and West Berkshire perspective. We now have the report and we are arranging to discuss the suggestions with those who contributed their ideas.

We should note that Mortimer is rated as being relatively healthy and relatively well served with sport and leisure facilities. West Berkshire Council regard Willink as being the main local provision, and national sports governing bodies do not see a ‘strategic need’ for new or improved facilities for Mortimer. But that shouldn't deter us from developing initiatives locally.

These further discussions will be starting soon and, in the meantime, improvements for tennis courts access and mobile lighting, to extend the use of existing facilities into the darker evenings, are in hand.

BERKSHIRE YOUTH

The Parish Council has engaged Berkshire Youth, a charity, to help them find out what the young people think of the facilities that are provided in the village and what they would like to see improved. Berkshire Youth are carrying out sessions at St Mary’s, Willink and in the village to gather this information. They will then write a report for the Parish Council to consider. It is intended that the report is delivered by the beginning of May. The cost of this will be some £2,500.

If you would like any more information, please contact The Clerk on 0118 933 1955 or via email the.clerk@stratfield-mortimer.gov.uk

 BIODIVERSITY AND GREEN SPACES PROJECT


Conserving and Enhancing Our Biodiversity

As part of the Mortimer NDP Community Projects programme a new endeavour, the Biodiversity and Green Spaces (BaGS) project, is seeking to add to the richness and enjoyment of the natural green spaces.

Making the best use of the natural areas in and around the village its aims are to:-

  • Keep and improve what we have

  • Increase the diversity of wild life and plants on these areas.

Over the next months there will be a number of practical ways you can get involved with some projects particularly aimed at involving children.

To make sure you know about these, please contact us by emailing:

Mortimerbags@outlook.com

One of these early initiatives is to

  • Prepare a plan to develop a natural habitat on the 3 ha of Green Space at the southern and eastern edges of the new development behind St John’s School and the Horse and Groom, and at the same time,

  • Update the ‘Fairground Ecological Survey and Conservation Plan (2008)’.

Your suggestions, contributions and involvement with BaGS will all be welcomed - please email Mortimerbags@outlook.com. 

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.