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TPO Project (removed 12/02/18)
During the development of the NDP after the public consultations had fixed on the one site (the field behind St. John’s School and the Horse & Groom), various ideas were considered to help the new development sit as easily as possible next to the existing surrounding housing.
To the west of the new site the houses in St. John’s Road and St. John’s Close all have a strip of woodland at the bottom of their gardens. This was once part of the field but was bought by the householders many years ago. Ensuring that the woodland strip remained there seemed a good way to maintain as far as possible the view from St. John’s Rd. The newer houses in St. John’s Close already have an Area Tree Preservation Order (TPO) on their strips of woodland.
A project was included in the NDP to seek an Area TPO on the woodland strip that does not currently have one. The whole strip also remained outside the new Mortimer Settlement Boundary. The adjacent houses on the new site will also have some trees and landscaping in their gardens thus providing a visual buffer between new and old. Maintaining a longer continuous strip of woodland is also beneficial for wildlife.
The current (green) and proposed (pink) TPO areas are shown on the picture below.
Further to the Full Council meeting held on 14th December, it was unanimously agreed to apply to West Berkshire for this TPO.
Parish Council Vacancy - Part Time Assistant to the Clerk (removed 30/01/18)
This is an exciting role, primarily based in the Parish Council office in Mortimer, but potential home working and job sharing may well be available.
The role is to provide:
- General administrative support to the Clerk, involving a variety of tasks such as taking phone calls, logging post received, filing, preparing correspondence, managing bookings for the Fairground and Cemetery and processing purchase orders and invoices in conjunction with the Clerk.
- Support to the Clerk in managing agendas and minutes for Full Council and Committee meetings and in collating and distributing papers for these meetings.
- Support in looking after the Parish Council’s Social Media and website pages.
- Support in the management of the various interesting Community Projects that are being planned.
The post is for 28 hours per week spread over 4 days, 9:30 am to 5.00 pm (with ½ hour lunch break) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. There may well be some flexibility in these hours for some evening meetings.
A competitive salary of between £13K and £15k will be paid depending upon experience and will include 16 days annual leave.
Candidates should have excellent communication and computer skills (the Council uses Windows and Microsoft Office), be adaptable and able to work to tight deadlines. Training in Council procedures will be given.
Applications should be made by letter (electronic or post) to the Clerk, using the contact details below, setting out what you would bring to the post and enclosing a brief CV.
The closing date is Friday 26th January 2018 and informal enquiries can be made to the Clerk using the following contact details.
- Address: Parish Council Office, Mortimer Library, 27 Victoria Road, Mortimer, Reading RG7 3SH.
- Phone: 0118 9331955
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vacancy for Councillor (removed 30/01/18)
Due to the recent resignation of Cllr. Julian Earl, there is currently one vacancy for Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council. Further information can be found here.
Stratfield Mortimer Community Award 2018 (removed 16 January 2018)
We are looking for nominations for the Stratfield Mortimer Community Award 2018. This is an annual award given to a person who has devoted outstanding time and energy for the benefit of the community of Stratfield Mortimer, irrespective of whether or not they live in the village.
If you know of someone who you think deserves recognition, please nominate them by completing a nomination form. The closing date for nominations is 12th January, 2018 and nomination forms are available here or from The Parish Council Office or Mortimer Library.
Resignation of Cllr. Julian Earl (removed 5th January 2018)
Further to the Full Parish Council meeting on the 14th December, we are sad to announce the resignation of Cllr. Julian Earl from both the post of Parish Council Chair and Councillor. Julian has been a very active member of the SMPC and we would like to thank him for all of his hard work over the past years. Best wishes to him and his family for their new venture.
On a more positive note, we are delighted to announce that Cllr. Pat Wingfield has been voted in as Chair. Pat has been a Councillor for 8 years and in that time has sat on every committee, has taken on the role of both Chair and Vice-Chair and over the past four years, has been Chair of the NDP Steering Committee. He is looking forward to ensuring the NDP is carried forward into practice.
Speed Indicator Device (SID) placement in September (removed 5th January 2018)
The Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council deploys the Speed Indicator Device (SID) in the village from time to time. It is positioned in locations which may have a speeding or safety issue, but the exact location is dictated upon the ability to secure the device to roadside furniture and record data. During September, SID was placed at 16 locations throughout the village at various times and directions of approach.
The device collects information on the volume of traffic together with speed data. This information is then analysed by West Berks Council and made available to local Police by computer. The Police may also decide to locate their equipment in locations of their choice and time.
Further information about this SID placement can be found here.
Christmas Parish Council Office Hours (removed 5th January 2018)
Please note that the Parish Office will be closed from Friday 22nd December until Tuesday 2nd January, 2018.
Should you need to contact SMPC, please call the Parish Office number - 0118 9331955 - and leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you in 2018.
Mortimer Awarded Funding to Deliver Three New Sports and Leisure Projects (removed 21st December 2017)
The Parish Council is delighted to announce it has been awarded a grant of almost £8,000 through the West Berkshire Members’ Community Bids scheme to allow it to deliver three exciting community-led village projects:
• An on line system to make tennis court booking simpler and more reliable. This will also enable us to look at broader range of activities on this “all weather play area” and to further promote its use.
• Two low-energy portable lighting towers, that cut the light impact on neighbouring properties during floodlit football activity on the Alfred Palmer Memorial Field and can be moved for use at other village events.
• A power supply to the tennis court area, to run the access system and also to enable the potential use of ball serving machines and provide power for events such as the 10k.
These projects were born out of the Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Development Plan Community Projects Committee, comprising councillors and volunteers, that works to implement ideas identified through the 2015 NDP public questionnaire and other public engagement. A number of proposals were identified at a public Sports and Leisure meeting in October, and put forward to the Parish Council meeting later that month for consideration.
These three were then proposed to our local West Berkshire Councillors, Graham Bridgman and Mollie Lock, to consider bidding for under the Members’ Community Bids scheme. Under the scheme, they can bid to WBC’s Building Communities Together panel for part of a pot of money set aside to provide capital spending to develop local projects (but not running costs – we will be dealing with these). The funding has to be match funded, and the Parish Council has agreed to put up the balance needed from the developer contributions we are holding for just such a purpose.
Graham and Mollie agreed to put a bid in and we have just heard that they were successful!
As the projects develop we will keep you informed, and if you would like to know more about this or other projects that the Parish Council is working on, including if you would like to help out, please contact email@example.com
Community Centre Car Park (removed 21st December 2017)
Please be aware that further work is due to be carried out on the Community Centre car park on Thursday 21st December. The car park will be temporarily closed whilst the work is undertaken.
Resurfacing of the Car Park (removed 14th December 2017)
This is now complete and the next steps will be the repair and cleaning up of the barrier and gates around the car park.
There have been questions about white-lining of car spaces in the Car Park, but, after seeking advice, it was decided not to do so as it was considered to be a possible limitation on the flexibility of the car park. If white-lining is found to be necessary at a future date, then there is nothing to stop action being taken then.
Community Projects (removed 14th December, 2017)
As a result of the work being done by the NDP Community Projects Committee a number of projects have now been identified that need to be moved on. In the Full Council meeting held on the 14th September, it was agreed to allocate a fresh budget line to the NDP Community Projects budget for professional outside help to advise and assist with these community projects.
A fresh project that is being considered is a Bio-Diversity and Green Spaces Project for the community and its scoping document was approved by Full Council to proceed. Further information on the Bio-Diversity and Green Spaces Project can be found here.
Sport and Active Leisure Project (removed 27th November, 2017)
The Neighbourhood Development Plan identified a project aiming to introduce more sport and active leisure facilities into the village.
Earlier on in October a group of interested parties, representing several aspects of village life, came together to discuss both the sport and active leisure resources already in the Parish and to identify other facilities that would enhance sport and active leisure in the village.
Although this is seen as a long term project, one of the immediate benefits of the meeting was the identification of funds that might be available through the West Berkshire Member’s Bids. Through this scheme District Councillors can submit bids for capital expenditure for community projects up to the value of £5000. In the days following the meeting, a positive flurry of activity and a promise of match funding by the Parish Council, saw bids being submitted for two types of capital expenditure 1) the installation of an electronic entry system for the tennis courts/all weather-playing area, which would allow the courts to be used for a wider variety of activities, and 2) two mobile floodlights which would help outdoor activities to go on throughout the winter.
Hopefully the Member’s Bids will be successful – watch this space – but, in the meantime, the Parish Council has engaged the services of a Consultant to work on the initial steps required for the longer term project.
Community Centre Car Park Resurfacing (removed 13/11/2017)
Please note that the Community Centre car park is being resurfaced this week and the car park will therefore be closed on Thursday the 9th, Friday the 10th and Saturday the 11th November.
Planned Roadworks for Mortimer
There are several sets of roadworks currently being undertaken in and planned for Mortimer, which will involve road closures and traffic management. These are as follows:
Longmoor Lane will be closed from the 06th October to the 03rd November to allow telecommunication cabling works. The alternative route for all traffic affected will be via Burghfield Road, Stephens Firs, Victoria Road and Windmill Road. All queries should be forwarded to Matt Gleed of Gigaclear on Tel: 07989 397217. For more info follow the link Longmoor Lane
Drury Lane will be closed from the 13th - 27th October to allow telecommunication cabling works. The alternative route for all traffic affected is via Pitfield Lane and Turks Lane and any queries should be forwarded to Matt Gleed of Gigaclear on Tel: 07989 397217. For more info follow the link Drury Lane, Mortimer
The Street will be closed from the 23rd - 25th October for resurfacing works. The official diversion route is via Bloomfield Hatch Lane and Goring Lane. Further information can be found here.
Official Opening of the Pedestrian Crossing (removed 19/10/2017)
On Tuesday 19th September, we were delighted that Freda Batten momentarily came out of retirement and joined several Parish Councillors and West Berks District Councillors, The Parish Clerk, representatives of Thames Valley Police, members of the public and parents and children of Mortimer St John's to officially open the new pedestrian crossing.
Freda said "I'm delighted to be officially opening this crossing. I think it will be very useful for parents and children walking to school. It will also serve many local people as this road can be busy. I do miss being a lollipop lady and seeing the little ones smiley faces. I miss their good morning greetings and the thanks for helping them cross the road safely during the 34 years I did the job. I'm very proud to have lived all of my life in Mortimer village and to be the longest serving lollipop lady in West Berkshire".
Co-option of Councillor (removed 19/10/2017)
We are pleased to announce that, at the Full Council meeting held on Thursday 14th September, Kevin Johnson was co-opted to fill the vacancy on the Parish Council following the resignation of Tony Butcher.
The Parish Council would like to thank everyone who applied for the vacancy.
Befriend Project West Berkshire (removed 19/10/2017)
Befriend Project is a charity managed from the West Berkshire Volunteer Centre, looking for volunteers in this area to befriend lonely people over 55 years.
It is widely recognised that Befriending is an effective way of tackling social isolation and improve well-being. It can sometimes be the only contact with the outside world and shared interests can be developed.
Once trained, the volunteer will be carefully matched to someone, then just like a friend, they will take a little time to visit once a week or so, to enjoy each others company, or maybe a trip to the garden centre or local gardens.
Interested parties should contact: Befriend West Berkshire, 1 Bolton Place Northbrook Street Newbury RG14 1AJ; firstname.lastname@example.org; 01635 49004
NDP Impementation Group (NIG) (removed 19/10/2017)
The NDP Steering Group is reconstituted as The NDP Implementation Group (NIG) to manage the non-project matters relating to the Stratfield Mortimer NDP and to manage and maintain the NDP as it responds to the needs of the Parish.
Overgrown Hedges (removed 19/10/2017)
Hedges overgrowing footpaths create a number of requests for action every year.
The Parish Council, however, does not have the powers to enforce maintenance of over growing hedges in the Parish.
What we can do is to notify West Berkshire Council of such overgrowth and they have to respond with a response/action plan within 10 days.
If West Berkshire are responsible for the hedge themselves, they will need to deal with resolving the matter and advise an action plan.
If the hedge is on private land, it is the responsibility of the landowner to resolve the issue. West Berkshire Council do, however, have the power to enforce such a resolution.
Whilst the Parish Council is not empowered to be able to directly do anything regarding private hedges, we do report all such matters to West Berkshire Council, if we are aware of them, and keep a log of all such communications and, where possible, seek to influence West Berkshire Council to enforce a remedy as it is empowered to do.
If you have an issue with a hedge the first course of action is speak to the land owner. If this cannot be done or no action is taken the next course of action is to report it to the Parish Council by email on email@example.com
or by phone on 0118 933 1955. It is also always of help if you contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Site Design Brief (SDB) for MOR006 (removed 19/10/2017)
An updated version of the SDB for The Site MOR006 can be found here. This version has been substantially updated and has sought to address all the comments received to date in accordance with the policies and objectives of the NDP.
The webpage will continue to be updated as necessary.
Mortimer Heritage Trail - 03/08/2017 - 19/10/2017
Produced in conjunction with Mortimer Local History Group, Mortimer Heritage Trail is now available. There are two walks around Mortimer both just over 2 miles long. Copies are available from Mortimer Library and The Baobab and to download from here: Walk 1; Walk 2.
If you have any feedback or suggestions to enhance this guide, please call the Parish Council office on 0118 9331955 or email email@example.com
Sports and Leisure Facilities Open Meeting (removed 12/10/2017)
Just a reminder that the Sports and Leisure Facilities meeting will be taking place tonight, Tuesday 10th October, from 7.00pm - 9.00pm in Mortimer Library, 27 Victoria Road. Access will be via the Parish Council Office, through the gate to the left hand side of the building.
This is an initial meeting of interested parties to look at introducing more sporting and leisure facilities into the Parish. This exciting project will be taken forward by a steering group, with the support of the Parish Council.
If you would like more information and/or would be interested in attending the meeting, please contact the Parish Council office on 0118 9331955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public-drop in Event About NHS Research in Berkshire (removed 03/10/2017)
The public will be able to find out about research taking
place in Berkshire’s NHS and how they can get involved at an information event
on 12 September.
The event has been organised by the NIHR Clinical Research Network Thames Valley and South Midlands (CRN), an NHS organisation which provides support to enable trials to take place in the NHS and will enable people to
talk to NHS nurses and other staff about research into areas including
dementia, heart disease, diabetes, stroke and mental health and how to take
The drop-in event will be held from
1.30pm to 5.30pm on 12 September in the Victoria Hall at Reading Town Hall, a
three minute walk from the train station. No booking is required. For further
information can be found here or email email@example.com
or call 01865 227252.
Patients are encouraged to ask their doctor about
research opportunities and view trials seeking volunteers at The UK Clinical
Trials Gateway www.ukctg.nihr.ac.uk.
Closure of Drury Lane, 9th - 12th October (removed 03/10/2017)
Drury Lane was due to be closed in September to allow repairs to a leaking water main. However, this did not go ahead and the works have now been scheduled for the 9th - 12th October.
The alternative route for all traffic affected is via Pitfield Lane and Turks Lane and any queries should be forwarded to Daniella Howard of Thames Water on Tel: 02035 779 058.
For more information follow the link Drury Lane, Mortimer
Royal Berkshire Members' Open Day (removed 25/09/2017)
The Royal Berkshire Members' Open Day will be taking place on Saturday 23rd September, 2017, 9am to 2pm in the Trust Education Centre, Royal Berkshire Hospital. Please see here for further details.
Closure of Drury Lane: 18th - 22nd September (removed 25/09/2017)
Drury Lane will be CLOSED as above to allow repairs to a leaking water main and the alternative route for all traffic affected is via Pitfield Lane and Turks Lane.
Any queries should be forwarded to Daniella Howard of Thames Water on Tel: 02035 779 058. More information can be found here.
Official Opening of the Pedestrian Crossing (removed 25/09/2017)
On Tuesday 19th September, Freda Batten will momentarily be coming out of retirement to officially open the new pedestrian crossing. This will take place at 3.10pm as the children come out of school. If you are free, please join Freda, other guests and Parish Councillors for this short ceremony.
Carriageway Resurfacing in College Piece (removed 18/09/2017)
The carriageway resurfacing of College Piece will commence on Monday September 4th and will take four days. Please note that if it is raining or the road surface is damp then the works may be postponed until the next dry day.
There will be no parking allowed in the road during working hours ( week days 7:00 am to 7:00 pm) to allow access for machinery and for the works to go ahead safely and efficiently.
Volker Highways Ltd will be the main works contractor.
If you need further information regarding this project then please do not hesitate to contact Trevor Gibbs on 01635 519765.
NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY (removed 18/09/2017)
Notice is hereby given that, by reason of the sad resignation of Cllr. A. Butcher, a vacancy has occurred among members of the Parish Council.
Any person willing to fill this vacancy should apply to the Clerk in writing for an application form to be returned on or before 11th September 2017.
The applicants name must either appear on the current register of the Voters List or the applicant should during the whole of the twelve months preceding the relevant date have resided in or within 3 miles of the parish or the applicant’s only place of work during the whole of the twelve months preceding the relevant date is in the parish.
The applicant must also not be debarred from standing as a Councillor.
PUBLIC elections cannot be held until the year 2019 but, for the interim period, election to the aforesaid Council will be voted for by the present sitting number of Councillors at the Full Council meeting to be held on Thursday 14th September 2017.
Haydn Selwyn-Jones - Parish Clerk - 29th August 2017
Vacancy for Councillor (31/07/2017 - 31/08/2107)
There is currently one vacancy for Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council. Further information can be found here.
Thames Valley Alert (removed 31/08/2017)
Thames Valley Alert is a community messaging service run by Thames Valley Police, providing warnings and advice and information on incidents in and around the local area. Residents can sign up to receive alerts by email, text, or telephone message or via an app.
For further information on the service and for details on how to sign up, please click on this link https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/news/campaigns/sign-thames-valley-alert-today/
Annual Return and Audited Year End Financial Report (26/06/2017 - 31/08/2017)
A copy of the Annual Return can be found here and a copy of the Audited Year End Financial Report, 2016-2017 is here.
Notice of appointment of date for the exercise of elector’s rights Accounts for the year ended 31st March 2017 can be seen here.
NDP Referendum Result (removed 15/08/2017)
The count was held after voting closed at 10 pm on 21 June and the Returning Officer announced the following result:
Votes in favour of adopting the NDP 1375
Votes against adopting the NDP 172
Spoilt papers 0
The percentage of those voting in favour of the NDP is 88.8%. The total votes cast (1547) represents a turnout of 50.1%. The official declaration of the result is available here. All documentation, including the adopted NDP is available at: http://info.westberks.gov.uk/smndp
Following the positive referendum result on the Stratfield Mortimer Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) on 22 June 2017, West Berkshire District Council has adopted the Stratfield Mortimer NDP and it now constitutes part of the Development Plan for the purposes of managing development in the parish of Stratfield Mortimer.
Newsletter and NDP Flyer (removed 15/08/2017)
The latest Parish Council newsletter and NDP Flyer have been delivered throughout the village. Electronic versions can be seen by clicking on the links above.
Co-option of Councillors (removed 14/08/2017)
We are pleased to announce that, at the Full Council meeting held on Thursday 13th July, Tina Titman-Reade and David Kilshaw were co-opted to fill the vacancies on the Parish Council, following the resignations of Peter Blagden and Mick Johnson.
The Parish Council would like to thank everyone who applied for the two vacancies.
Mortimer Heritage Trail (14/06/17 - 07/08/17)
Our recent newsletter indicated that two self-guided walks, part of the Mortimer Heritage Trail, would shortly be available. These are still currently in production but copies will be available from Mortimer Library and The Baobab and to download from here, as soon as printing is complete.
Installation of the Zebra Crossing Facility Near St John's School (removed 03/08/2017)
Installation of the zebra crossing will commence on Monday 24th July and will take five days. Temporary traffic lights will be in operation to maintain traffic flow and will be in operation between the hours of 09.30 and 16.00.
The crossing will be sited slightly away from the school gate, towards the Horse and Groom. The work will also include installation of the street lighting required by West Berkshire Council on safety grounds.
Vacancies for Councillors (19/06/17 - 25/07/2017)
There are currently two vacancies for Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council. Any person wishing to fill one of these vacancies should apply to the Clerk in writing for an application form to be returned on or before Friday 7th July, 2017. Further information can be found here.
NDP Referendum Polling cards (removed 26/06/2017)
Some confusing polling cards have been issued, on white card, bearing the date of the 8th June, 2017. This is incorrect and the actual date of the referendum is Thursday 22nd June, 2017.
West Berkshire have issued new, amended polling cards and these are on pink card.
Further information can be found here: http://info.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=34308
West Berkshire Council agreed at its meeting on 9th May that the Mortimer Neighbourhood Development Plan should proceed to referendum. WBC have now (12th May) announced that the date will be Thursday 22nd June. Details have now been published by WBC. For convenience the Notice of Referendum and the Information Statement are here.
A referendum is the final stage of a long process giving the community a say in its future, you can see the stages here.
A final version of the NDP can be found here and there are also hard copies in Mortimer Library and Budgens. There is also an informative display in Budgens, providing much more information about the NDP and referendum.
Minutes of meetings of the NDP Steering Group can be found here.
NDP - FAQs (removed 26/06/2017)
A series of FAQs on the NDP are available here (December 2016).
M4 Eastbound Closures Junctions 13 to 12 (removed 26/06/2017)
SMPC has received notification that the eastbound carriageway (between Newbury and Theale) will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Sunday 18th June, Friday 23rd June and Sunday 25th June.
Vacancies for Councillors (removed 19/06/2017)
There are currently two vacancies for Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council. Further information can be found here.
Meetings (posted on 12/06/2107/removed 15/06/2017)
The Roads, Footpath and Commons meeting, due to take place on Tuesday 13th June, has been cancelled. This will be rescheduled as soon as possible.
M4 closure update (posted 12/04/2017/removed 08/06/2017)
Revised dates for the closure of the M4 between Junctions 12 (Theale) and 13 (Chieveley) have been issued. The next closure will be from 9 pm on Friday 12th May to 6 am on Monday 15th May. The planned closures of 5th to 8th May and 19th to 22nd May have been cancelled (so that a bridge can be installed on the M3- which will presumably have a section closed on those dates). The full details are here. The local roads beneath the M4 bridges (Dark Lane and Ashampstead Rd) are expected to remain shut until 6th June.
Please be aware that bottled water is now available from the car park opposite the Horse and Groom. Representatives from Thames Water are there to help with any questions and updates on the current situation can be found at www.twitter.com/thameswater and https://www.thameswater.co.uk/
The Parish Council have received a draft Site Design Brief for the MOR006 development site at the centre of our NDP plan.
In accordance with the policies in the NDP, the design brief is now available for community consultation. The Site Design Brief can be viewed here, in the Parish Council Office and in Mortimer Library. Community consultation forms are available from these two locations and here.
Feedback on the brief is welcome and comments need to be returned by 5 pm on Friday 5th May to: The Clerk, Parish Council Office, 27 Victoria Road, Mortimer, RG7 3SH or email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
T.A. Fisher, in combination with their consultants Pro Vision, will be hosting a Community Consultation meeting in St John’s Hall on Wednesday 26th April from 4.30 – 6.30 pm to answer any questions you may have.
The Council are pleased to welcome Lynn Hannawin to this post. Lynn will be in the Parish Office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am to 3 pm.
SMPC's recommendation papers to West Berkshire Council on proceeding with the Mortimer NDP
The Stratfield Mortimer NDP Steering Group are recommending under Agenda Item 17/582 to Full Council on Thursday 9th February 2017 that the NDP is proceeded with, following receipt of a Landscape Study and amendments to the NDP documentation in line with the Examiners recommendations. The full papers are here.
Consultation on The Local Government Boundary Commission for England electoral review of West Berkshire's Warding arrangements
The LGBC have formally commenced with their electoral review of the West Berkshire: Warding arrangements with a 10 week public consultation closing on 3rd April 2017 and full details can be found here.
Clarification of NDP and Planning Issues (2oth January 2017)
A statement clarifying the situation on the current issues in the village is available here.
To improve communication, important decisions taken at meetings will posted on this page along with supporting information.
FULL COUNCIL MEETING 12th January
a) Update on NDP
The Parish Council agreed to all the minor modifications to the plan that were suggested by the Inspector. The vast majority of the changes were just for clarity or to correct typos. There were a few that were of more significance such as the deletion of several areas that the plan had designated as ‘Green Spaces’, because they already have protection, and the wording of the policy to restrict the likelihood of flooding, which strengthens and clarifies the policy. On reflection their acceptance does not cause any practical difficulties.
All the minor modifications will only become relevant if WBC decide to proceed to a referendum. To that end the Inspector’s reasons for his recommendation not to progress the NDP to referendum will be considered at a future Parish Council meeting, after WBC has reported the results of the landscape assessment they have commissioned. That meeting will then be asked to consider if the new information, together with other factors, are sufficient to overcome the Inspector’s concerns. If it is believed that they are sufficient then those views will be sent to WBC. This would then inform their decision as to whether to accept the Inspector’s recommendation not to proceed to a referendum.
b) Planning Appeal for 50 Houses Monkey Puzzle Field
c) SMPC Budget for 2017/18
A motion was passed to inform the Planning Inspector that our original objections remain valid and that the Council wishes to speak/ give evidence at the public enquiry. The motion was that given in the background paper with some additions which will be detailed in the minutes
The draft budget which includes an increase of £12.49 per Band D property in the 2017/18 Parish component of Council Tax was approved by the Council. This increase is part of a strategy to enable the Council to invest in community projects and activities as detailed in the background paper.
Annual Parish Meeting
M4 closure this weekend 31 March to 3rd April
This meeting will be in St John's Hall on Wednesday 26th April 2017 from 7 pm with the formal meeting starting at 7:30 pm. The agenda is here. If village organisations / societies /charities would like to have a table/ display to inform the public of their activities please contact the administrative assistant by email to email@example.com or phone 0118 9331955
Please note that the M4 will be COMPLETELY CLOSED between Junctions 12 (Theale) and 13 (Chieveley) from 9 pm on Friday 31st March to 6 am on Monday 3rd April for bridge maintenance work. This is the first of a series of closures - details here
Vacancy for an Administrative Assistant
The Council wishes to appoint an administrative assistant to work 15 hours per week. Details are here and the closing date is 18th February 2017.
Footpath / Cycleway between Mortimer and Burghfield
In view of the concern and comments on the Parish Council's decision to suspend consideration of this project for one year, the background paper considered at the November Full Council meeting is available here and the decision is in minute 16/518 of the minutes.
The lighting of the Christmas tree on the Fairground took place at 7 pm on Sunday 27th November following the Advent Service at St John's Church. A letter of thanks from Deacon John Foley has been received. Carol singing around the tree took place at 5 pm on Saturday 17th December.
Reminder - WBC Library Consultation ends on 11th December
As detailed further down this page, the WBC consultation on the three options for the future of the library service ends on 11th December at:
West Berkshire Budget Consultations
The Parish Council strongly supports option A which maintains one member of staff in each branch library. If option B is chosen the council will support Mortimer library being one of the two 'hub' libraries. Do take the opportunity to express your views.
In addition to the library consultation, WBC have put seven 2017/18 budget proposals out for consultation with a closing date of 11 December 2016
. The topics are Citizen's Advice Bureau; Highway and Drainage Maintenance; Highway Fees and Charges; Home to School Transport for Post 16 Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Restructure of Youth Support, Family Resource, help for Families and Young Carers Services; Road safety; Urban Grass Cutting.
War Memorial Records (November 2016)
Major John Kemp carried out research on the servicemen listed on the Parish War Memorial. This has been available for reference in Mortimer Library but the Parish Council has now made it available online. Each name has Major Kemp's short notes and hyperlinks to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records.
The Council is pleased to say that Haydn Selywn-Jones is the Council's Clerk. You are welcome to visit him or call him (o118 9331955). Haydn is normally available in the Parish Council office (behind the library) between 09:30 and 17:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Following the executive meeting referred to below, West Berkshire Council have put the three options for the future of the library service out for public consultation at: http://info.westberks.gov.uk/libraryservicereview
As well as the three options, there is information on proposed increased contributions from Parish Councils, the need for volunteers to contribute to running the service and a link to the Needs Assessment commissioned by WBC. There is a link to an online survey to seek the views of the public, so please respond. It is likely that the Parish Council will finalise its response at the Parish Council meeting on 1oth November.
Executive to consider Library Proposals:
West Berkshire Council have published the papers for the Executive meeting on Thursday 20 October which will consider options for the library service. The papers are at
It is expected that following this meeting the three options will be put out for a six week public consultation and the final decision taken in January.
Neighbourhood Development Plan (11 Nov 2016)
Parish Council Newsletter
West Berkshire Council have received the examiner's report regarding the Stratfield Mortimer Neighbourhood Development Plan. Following discussions between WBC and Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council, the latter at its meeting last night (10 November) passed a resolution requesting WBC to make a decision on the Examiner's report by 1st May 2017, to allow time for full consideration of the recommendations and issues raised in the report
The October 2016 newsletter was delivered over the weekend of 1st/2nd October. You can read it here
or follow the tab on the left.
Neighbourhood Development Plan
As you may be aware the Stratfield Mortimer Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted for Examination. The Inspector carrying out the Examination wishes to hold a hearing session into the Neighbourhood Plan to aid with the Examination process.
Usually examinations of draft Neighbourhood Plans are undertaken without a public hearing, however, a hearing can be used where an examiner considers that the consideration of oral representations are necessary to ensure adequate examination of the issues.
The hearing will take place on Wednesday 24th August at 9:30am (with Thursday 25th August as a reserve day if required) at the Market Street Council Offices in Newbury.
The Inspector has produced a note setting out the issues he wishes to cover at the hearing session, the note, and further information regarding the hearing can be found at www.westberks.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning.
If you would like to attend the hearing session please contact a member of the planning policy team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 01635 519111 | Ext 2111 to confirm your attendance. Please note that permission to speak at the hearing will be at the discretion of the Inspector.
Co-option of a Councillor
We are pleased to announce that, at the Full Council meeting held on Thursday 14th July, Mick Johnson was co-opted to fill the vacancy on the Parish Council following the resignation of Angie Philips.
Exercise of Electors Rights
A notice of appointment for the dates for the exercise of electors rights in relation to the accounts for the year ending 31 March 2016 was published on 27th June 2016.
Parish Council Newsletter
The June 2016 newsletter was delivered over the weekend of 11th/12th June. You can read it here or follow the tab on the left.
Vacancy for a Councillor (May 2016)
There is a vacancy for a Councillor, following the resignation of Cllr Angie Philips. The official vacancy notice is here.
Party in the Park
This free event is from 4pm Saturday 4th July on the Fairground. It is planned to have children's entertainment including a bouncy castle, face painting and comedy jugglers/unicyclists Shane and Alex. The Shinfield Shambles Morris dancers will perform at 16:30 and 18:45 and the South Berks Concert band at 5 pm followed by patriotic singing . The evening includes the All-Stars Dance Troupe and live music includes Izzilee Jewel and State 51 from the Willink school, Nicolette Street and a finale by guitarist Andrew Middleton. Come and enjoy.
Burnett's Fair were scheduled to be open on the Fairground from Thursday 5th May to Sunday 8th May. Because of unexpected conditions at their next site, they asked to extend their hire agreement for another week. The Fair is now closed but will open again on Thursday 12th May until Sunday 15th May after which they will depart.
Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting will take place in St John's Hall from 7 pm on Wednesday 27th April. The agenda is here.
The next committee meeting is Planning Committee at 6:30 pm on Tuesday 3 May in the Parish Council Office.
The next ordinary Full Council meeting is at 7:30 on Thursday 10th March in the Methodist Church.
WBC Phase 2 Budget - News on Libraries
District Councillor Graham Bridgman reports that the agenda papers and background reports for the meetings of the West Berkshire Council Executive and Full Council (to follow the Executive meeting) next week (24th March) have just been published, and these include a proposal that £475,000 of the £1.4m transitional funding provided by the Government is to be used to mitigate the Phase 2 library savings that went out to the consultation that ended last week.
Whilst it is very important to note that everything is subject to the vote to be taken – until then no decisions have been formally taken - the intention is for seven affected libraries, including Mortimer, to move to a self-service model, with the mobile library to also continue. The precise details still need to be worked out, and further information will follow in due course, but hopefully this news will be welcomed by all users and those who engaged in the consultation regarding the library service (and thank you to those for taking part).
Locum Clerk (january 2016)
The Council is pleased to say that Haydn Selywn-Jones is now the Council's part time Locum Clerk. You are welcome to visit him or call him (o118 9331955). Haydn is normally available in the Parish Council office (behind the library) between 09:30 and 17:30 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Neighbourhood Development Plan
The Parish Council has approved the plan and submitted it to West Berkshire Council who have opened it for consulation. See details.
Budget Responses Phase 2
After the Extraordinary Parish Council meeting of 18th February responses were made to West Berkshire Council.
Response on Library Proposals
Response on Children's Centres
Response on Public Transport
Response on Smallmead Recycling Centre
Extraordinary Parish Council Meeting
The Chairman has called an Extraordinary Parish Council Meeting at 7:30 on Thursday 18th February in the Methodist Church. The main item is to consider West Berkshire Council's proposed phase 2 budget proposals which were published on Monday 15th February and will be open for public consultation until Monday 7th March.
There are 16 proposal topics. Particularly relevant to Mortimer are the proposals:
to close 8 branch libraries and withdraw the mobile libraries (leaving only the Newbury library open) and Public transport which includes cutting completely the 75 bus from Beech Hill to Newbury. There are proposed cuts in services in many other service areas, including Children Centres. Funding from WBC towards the Smallmead Household Recycling Centre in Reading will be withdrawn so that this will no longer be available to West Berkshire residents.
Lighting in Strawberry Fields
The possiblity of dimming the LED lighting in the Strawberry Fields development was discussed at the December and January Council meetings. At the later the Council agreed in principle to request dimming of the lights between midnight and 5:30 am, subject to consultation with the residents. A leaflet has been delivered to each house on the development asking for comments and questions. Please read this and respond.
Co-option of a Councillor
No request for an election to fill the Councillor vacancy following the sad death of Cllr A. Colaco has been received, therefore the Council must fill the vacany by co-option. Please see the Notice of Casual Vacancy for information. The closing date is 29th February 2016. Response to WBC Budget Proposals (December 2015)
Following a number of meetings and walking the proposed Mortimer to Willink School walking route, the Parish Council met on Thursday 10th December 2015 for a Full Council meeting to discuss West Berkshire Council's Budget Proposals for 2016/17 and our response to them.
This was helped enormously by very informative and positive statements from members of the public with regard to their concerns, especially about the Mortimer to Willink School Home to School Transport Proposal.
WBC Budget Proposals 2016/17: Home to School Transport - Mortimer to Willink School:
After full discussion, it was unanimously agreed that The Parish Council is strongly opposed to the proposed alternative Walking Route and the withdrawal of the current Home to School Transport service.
The full text of our response, submitted before close of business on 14th December 2015, can be found at SMPC response to WBC Budget Proposal 2016/17: Home to School Transport.
WBC Budget Proposals 2016/17: Public Transport - withdrawal of the 75 Bus Service:
Again after full discussion, it was unanimously agreed that The Parish Council is strongly opposed to the proposed of the withdrawal of the current 75 Bus service.
The full text of our response, submitted before close of business on 14th December 2015, can be found at SMPC response to WBC Budget Proposals 2016/17: Public Transport.
WBC Budget Proposals 2016/17: Rural Highways Grass Cutting:
After further full discussion, it was unanimously agreed not to oppose the proposal to reduce the grass cuts from 3 to 2 per annum, subject to both emergency and statutory being fully carried out.
The full text of our response, submitted before close of business on 14th December 2015, can be found at SMPC response to WPC Budget Proposals 2016/17: Rural Highway Grass Cutting.
It was also unanimously agreed to submit an update on the School Crossing Patrol proposal for St John's School, Mortimer.
The full text of our response, submitted before close of business on 14th December 2015, can be found at SMPC response to WPC Budget Proposals 2016/17: School Crossing Patrols.
Parish Clerk (December 2015)
The Council has a vacany for the post of Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer. Please see the job advertisment for details. The closing date is 25th January 2016.
Community Award 2016 (November 2015)
Nominations are sought for the 2016 Stratfield Mortimer Community Award, which is an annual award given to a person who has devoted outstanding time and energy over a substantial period for the benefit of the community of Stratfield Mortimer. Nomination forms are available as a PDF or in WORD. Closing date is 15th January 2016.
Austin Colaço (November 2015)
It is with great sadness that the Council informs the Parish of the death of one of our councillors, Austin Colaço, who passed away on the 17th November 2015. Austin was elected to the Council in May 2007 and apart from a brief absence in 2011 has been a councillor since then. Austin served on various committees during this period, in particular Planning, Roads Footpaths and Commons and Communications.
Austin always took a keen interest in Parish matters and his insights and cheerful manner will be much missed by all fellow councillors. The Council sends their sincere condolences to Bella and their children Danny, Angie and Tilly. The funeral will take place at St Oswalds Catholic Church, Burghfield on 1st December.
NDP Pre-submission consultation
The Stratfield Mortimer Neighbourhood Development Plan has been approved by the Parish Council to go out to pre-submission consultation. You may wish to comment on the plan. The 6 week consultation commences on the 9th November 2015 and closes at midnight on Monday the 21st of December 2015. The plan can be found at:-
and paper copy can be seen in the Mortimer Library.
Responses to this consultation can be submitted either electronically at email@example.com or by letter addressed to:- The Clerk, Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council, 27 Victoria Rd, Mortimer, Reading, RG7 3SH
West Berkshire Council will considering the 'West Berkshire Housing Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD): Proposed Submission' at an Extraordinary Council meeting in Newbury on 5th November. This sets out proposed housing allocations and settlement boundary changes throughout West Berkshire. The public agenda pack is available here (all 134 pages!). The proposal regarding Mortimer is that 110 houses will be allocated through the Neighbourhood Development Plan (see pages 22 and 73) of the papers.
NDP PUBLIC MEETING - MONDAY 21 SEPTEMBER
ST JOHN'S HALL AT 7:30PM
This is a Public meeting to which eveyone is invited to see the initial design ideas for the development site behind St. John's Infant School and contribute their comments and ideas.
PARISH COUNCIL ELECTION RESULT
The Declaration of Result of Poll issued by West Berkshire Council is here.
Dudley Richard George Ives is duly elected.
PARISH COUNCIL ELECTION
Voting will take place in the Community Centre on Thursday 13 August 2015 for the one vacancy. The Notice of Poll showing the candidates and details of the poll issued by West Berkshire Council is here.
ELECTION OF A PARISH COUNCILLOR
There will an election for the one vacancy on the Parish Council on Thursday 13 August 2015. The Statement of Persons Nominated issued by West Berkshire Council can be seen here. Note that the deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5 pm on 29th July- see notice of election below.
NOTICE OF ELECTION OF A PARISH COUNCILLOR
A notice of election for one Parish Councillor has been issued by the Returning Officer at West Berkshire Council on 9th July 2015. You can see it here.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
The Annual Parish meeting will be held at 7:30 pm on Tuesday 16th June 2015 in St John's Hall, West End Road. This meeting was originally scheduled for April but had to be postponed because of the Parish Council elections. The agenda is here.
VACANCY ON THE PARISH COUNCIL
There is currently a vacancy on the Parish Council. The notice of the vacancy has been published today (1st June 2015) and can be seen here.
STATEMENT FROM THE PARISH COUNCIL
The Council would like to clarify the current situation. The Proper Officer (The Clerk) is the only person who can issue statements on behalf of the Council. If the Clerk is not available the Chairman can temporarily act as the Clerk which is the current situation.
The Council held its Annual Parish Council meeting, following the election, last Thursday 21 May 2015. This elects the Chairman Vice- Chairman and Chairmen of the Committees. Full details will be in the minutes and the details on the website will be updated, but for information Cllr Dennett and Cllr Earl were re-elected as Chairman and Vice-Chairman respectively.
At that meeting the Council was informed that one of the recently elected councillors was not taking up the office because of ill health. The Council agreed to consult West Berkshire Council as to the correct procedure to follow to fill this vacancy and will follow this advice.
For information, the Clerk is an employee of the Parish Council and not elected by the Council as has been suggested.
PARISH COUNCIL ELECTION RESULTS
These have been published by West Berkshire Council and are available here.
What happens next? Councillors, except the Chairman and Vice-chairman, retire on the fourth day after the election (Monday 11 May). The Chairman and Vice-Chairman hold office until the Chairman for 2015/16 is elected at the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council which is at 7:30 Thursday 21 May in the Methodist Church.
Have you done yours yet? Any person over 16 living or working the Mortimer can complete one and we need your views. CLOSING DATE 22 MAY 2015
It can be completed on line by clicking here.
If you wish to obtain another paper copy please phone the helpline on
07435 301319 or visit the Mortimer NDP website
West Berkshire Council have announced that there will be a contested election for the Parish Council in Stratfield Mortimer on 7th May 2015. The list of persons nominated is available here (NB it is 2 pages long).
Comments have been received asking the Council to provide more details of the candidates. This is not possible. During the run up to the election the Parish Council is not allowed to publish publicity relating to particular individuals involved directly in the election (Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity).
NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN QUESTIONNAIRE
A paper copy of this has been delivered to every house and business in the Parish. The questionnaire is open to everyone over 16 resident or employed in Mortimer, so members of a household or business can each complete their own questionnaire. It is not restricted to one per household.
It can be completed on line by clicking here.
If you wish to obtain another paper copy please phone the helpline on
or visit the Mortimer NDP website
Archived News Items
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING POSTPONED
The Annual Parish Meeting will be held in late May / early June 2015 on a date to be announced
PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS CALLED
West Berkshire Council have today (23 March) issued the Notice of Election for Parish Councillors. Stratfield Mortimer has 15 Parish Councillors to be elected. Nominations must be submitted in person to The Returning Officer at West Berkshire Council Offices between 9am Monday 23 March and 4pm on Thursday 9 April 2015. Nomination papers can be obtained from the Parish Clerk on 0118 9331955, from the Parish Council Office (open 1030 to 1230 on Tuesday and Thursday) or from West Berkshire Council Offices Market Place Newbury RG14 5LD.
Please see the article in the March 2015 SMPC newsletter for for information.
STRATFIELD MORTIMER NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN (NDP)
From 14th February there will be a series of events for everyone in the village to see how the NDP is progressing, discuss their views and input their ideas. Some sessions will focus on particular topics, others will be more general. Exhibitions and Presentations will be at the Old Budgens Shop, Victoria Road - more information and times of events here
Link to NDP Website http://www.mortimer-ndp.org.uk/
NEW BROADBAND CABINETS OPERATIONAL
Information from the Superfast Broadband project confirms that the two new fibre cabinets in Mortimer, which serve over 1000 premises, are now operational. Click here for the details
Parking Restrictions on the Lower Part of the Street in Mortimer (Oct 2013)
The restrictions on parking on the Lower Part of the Street have been formally approved by West Berkshire Council. Please click to see the Decision Notice and a map of the restrictions.
The report on the consultation can be found by clicking on this link.
Parking at Mortimer Station (Oct 2013)
Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council raised the issues of parking at the station with West Berkshire Council earlier in the year and has been involved in discussions. The Parish Council has received a note on progress from WBC. Given the current interest in this subject, WBC have agreed that this information should be widely available and may help inform debates on the subject.
The note (written before the cessation of the Minibus service) summarises the background and issues, gives an update on possible solutions and lists potential actions. One of these actions was a survey of commuter parking to be carried out during the week commencing 23rd September (the last full week of the Minibus service). The results show the occupancy of each space in the car park and on sections of The Street on each day of the week. The 'heat map' shows the utilisation of spaces within the car park.
Mortimer Link Mini Bus ceased to operate from 30 September 2013. Please read our Newsletter article on this service.
Declaration of the result of the By-Election of a Parish Councillor 1st August 2013 more info.
New Swings in Junior Play Area (Sept 2013)
A replacement set of swings has been installed in the play area on The Fairground.
The Gyro Spyro which had been out of action has recently been repaired.