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LATEST NEWS 

For information of interest pertaining to a wider spectrum of issues, please visit the new "Community Information" page.  
 

PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING CANCELLED

14th August:  Please be advised that this evening's Planning Committee meeting has had to be cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

The date for the next Planning Committee meeting will be advised nearer the time.


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.

 

SMPC INVITE YOU TO A TASTE OF TENNIS

The Parish Council invite you to a taste of tennis during August. We have arranged for some one-hour tennis sessions to take place with Rachel Hill on the Fairground tennis courts as follows:

Adults: Monday 6th and 13th August at 7.30pm

Teenagers (12-18 years old): Tuesday 7th and 14 August at 4.30pm

The sessions are suitable for beginners and anyone who is interested in getting back on the court after a break. The Parish Council are offering these sessions at a special rate of £2.50 per session, so book now with Rachel (07986124035) before places disappear.

 

 

ALAN THORPE TROPHY 2018
Sunday, 29th July - cancelled

With many apologies for the disappointment, the cricket match scheduled for this SUNDAY, 29th July, for the ALAN THORPE TROPHY has had to be cancelled at short notice. It is hoped to get the match rescheduled as soon as possible.

 

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

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.