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

MORTIMER RAILWAY STATON CAR PARK SURVEY

Support the survey which is being done to establish the need for increased parking facilities at Mortimer Station.  The questionnaire is available in the current SMPC newsletter or you may print a copy from here. Completed surveys can be returned to the Parish Council office via post or by hand, or sent electronically via email to mortimerstation@pro-vision.co.uk

The survey can also be accessed and completed  online at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KJGYLT6 

The deadline for completing the questionnaire is Sunday, 22nd July 2018. 



 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.

THE NEXT COMMITTEE MEETINGS WILL BE AS FOLLOWS: 

Planning on Thursday 26th  July at 5.15pm in the Parish Office (behind Mortimer Library), 27 Victoria Road, Mortimer. RG7 3SH. 

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend.

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.

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.