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LATEST NEWS 

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UPDATES FROM THE ROADS, FOOTPATHS & COMMONS COMMITTEE

Footpath Registration:

The registration of the three footpaths:

· Windmill Road to The Bevers;

· Stephens Close to Stephens Firs;

· Stephens Close/Victoria Road junction to Stephens Firs;

is progressing under the guidance and support of West Berkshire Council. The relevant landowners have now been notified by the Parish Council of the application.

Mortimer Café Footpath:

The results of the design and feasibility study have now been received from West Berkshire Council (WBC) relating to the footpath outside Mortimer Café. An estimate of the costs is awaited from WBC and once this has been received, Full Council will be asked to approve the expenditure up to a fixed amount of £15,000.00.

Proposal for St. John’s car park:

West Berkshire Council have suggested installing speed cushions in the car park, although some concerns have been raised. The Parish Council will undertake a site visit with West Berkshire Council to review the proposal and concerns.

Stephens Close/APMF footpath hedge maintenance:

Having received several complaints regarding the state of the overgrown hedges along this footpath between Stephens Close and the Alfred Palmer Memorial Field, the Parish Council is arranging for a one off cutting back of the hedges along the route this week.

The responsibility for maintaining the footpath is unclear but, further to a recent Land Registry search, the Parish Council will be following up with the identified landowner on the future maintenance.

Summerlug and Brewery Common tree survey:

A tree survey has been commissioned by the Parish Council and once the report is received, a working party will undertake a site visit to both Summerlug and Brewery Common to review the use of the commons and establish any maintenance required on the sites.

PBQ

 

 

NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Thursday, 10th October at the Methodist Church Hall, West End Road, Mortimer, RG7 3TB:

Full Council at 7.30pm

The Agenda for the meeting is available here

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend.


 

TEMPORARY BARRIERS ONTO THE GRAZING AREA 

A set of temporary concrete blocks have been positioned by the gates onto the grazing area. This is a measure towards deterring any further illegal incursions onto the Fairground until the Parish Council sets up a more permanent solution. 

Please note these barriers will be moved by the Parish Council for any authorised access onto the grazing area for upcoming events and grass cutting, etc.

 


TENNIS COURT BOOKINGS

As from 29th July, court bookings can ONLY be made on line through our ClubSpark account here: https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/stratfieldmortimertennis

Just follow the easy steps to register and book your slot. Payment is by credit or debit card.

You'll then be provided with a unique PIN code to access the court(s) at your chosen time.

Refunds are available for cancellations made at least 24 hours before the start of a booked slot on the courts.

For questions about this notice please contact: admin@stratfield-mortmer.gov.uk or tel: 0118 933 955. 

 

FAIRGROUND UNAUTHORISED ENCAMPMENT

The caravans and vehicles and their occupants left The Fairground at 12.20 pm on Saturday 27th July.

The fence was repaired and reinforced with large logs and the main camp site was cleared of debris. The remaining rubbish/waste in the bushes will be cleared today.

The Parish Council will be taking a view as to how security of The Fairground can be further improved.

 

CO-OPTION OF COUNCILLOR

We are pleased to announce that, at the Full Council meeting held on Thursday 11th July 2019, Keeleigh Field was co-opted to fill the casual vacancy on the Parish Council that occurred following the elections held in May this year.

The Parish Council would like to thank everyone who applied for the vacancy.

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED

ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT SPEEDING IN MORTIMER VILLAGE?

The Parish Council is looking for volunteers to assist with the deployment of a village

Speed Indicator Device (SID) at various times and locations around the village.

Please note that this would involve about 2/3 hours of your time per month and ideally you would have a car to assist with transporting the SID to the various locations selected.

Training on the SID will be given in early August.

Contact Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council on 0118 9331955 for further information or to leave your details for consideration.

 

VILLAGE DEFIBRILLATORS

The village public access defibrillators (PADs) are now back online for emergencies.

If you come across someone in cardiac arrest: PLEASE CALL 999 FIRST and the call handler will advise you where the nearest PAD is located and give you an access code if needed for the PAD.

Cardiac arrests can happen to anyone, at any time. The following steps give someone the best chance of survival:

  1. Call 999
  2. Start chest compressions and rescue breathes (CPR)
  3. Ask someone to bring a defibrillator if there’s one nearby
  4. Turn on the defibrillator and follow its instructions.

You don’t need to be trained to use a defibrillator – anyone can use it. The emergency call handler will advise you and there are clear instructions on how to attach the defibrillator pads. It then assesses the heart rhythm and will only instruct you to deliver a shock if it’s needed.

 

STATEMENT FROM THE PARISH COUNCIL

The Council held its Annual Meeting, following the election, on Thursday 16th May 2019. This meeting 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 shortly, but for information Cllr. Mike Dennett and Cllr. David Kilshaw were elected as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council respectively.

The Committees will be made up as follows:

Planning: Cllrs. S. Beard, S. Hill, D. Ives, K. Johnson, L. Jones, C. Lewis, D. Morsley (Chairman), and J. Wells.

Roads, Footpaths & Commons: Cllrs. S. Beard, G. Bridgman, J. Bull, N. Carter, S. Hill, D. Ives, K. Johnson, L. Jones, C. Lewis (Chairman), J. Wells.

Fairground & Cemetery: Cllrs. S. Beard, J. Bull (Chairman), S. Hill, K. Johnson, L. Jones, M. Lock, D. Morsley.

Finance & General Purposes: Cllrs. Dennett (Chairman), D. Kilshaw, J. Bull, C. Lewis, D. Morsley, G. Bridgman, N. Carter.

At that meeting the Council was informed that one of the recently elected councillors was not taking up the office. The Council is consulting West Berkshire Council as to the correct procedure to follow to fill this vacancy and will follow this advice.

 

RESULTS OF THE 2019 PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Full results of the Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council election is available from West Berkshire Council and listed on our "Council Elections" page.  The official notice from the Returning Officer is available here


NEW VILLAGE NOTICEBOARDS HAVE POPPED UP AROUND THE VILLAGE

With thanks to the Roads, Footpaths & Commons Committee, the very old and faded wooden village noticeboards were replaced earlier this week (16th May) and brand new aluminium ones have taken their place. Two new locations have also been added: one on West End Road by the car park and one on the Alfred Palmer Memorial Field, making a total of eight village noticeboards now situated around Mortimer. These new noticeboards feature a black pinable panel that should make fixing notices somewhat easier than on the old wooden panels!

 

PHASE ONE OF THE RESTORATION OF THE PONDS ON THE FAIRGROUND

A small group of councillors started work on the ponds in January, under the guidance of Simon from Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust. At the time the water level was comparatively low, so, equipped with waders, they were able to drag a lot of unwanted vegetation out. The more stubbornly rooted plants, like the iris, were dug out with a fork. During other visits, all the willow branches that were shading the water were trimmed off, along with invasive laurel and holly, and sorted for use in a log pile, the smaller branches put aside for burning. Having cleared all they could from the larger ponds, a start was made on the smaller pond by the War Memorial. This has a lot of bull rushes in it which took more effort to dig out, but a third of it was cleared before work had to stop at the end of February to avoid disturbing hibernating creatures re-entering the ponds to breed. A magnificent bonfire was lit to clear the large pile of unwanted brash. This has provided good quantity of potash, and a clear burnt off area that could be reseeded with a wild flower mix.

A lot of the plant roots have been put aside for the regular plant sales run by local charities.

The next phase will be the removal of most of the larger willows for fire wood. An application will be made to install a dipping platform for use by the schools and visitors to the area. It’s hoped that a company could sponsor an annual clearance of the ponds which will allow the small team of councillors and friends to tackle the other suggestions listed by Acorn and the bio diversity group.

 

TENNIS COURTS - ELECTRONIC GATE

The new gate, which is part of the work on setting up a new electronic booking system for the tennis courts on the Fairground, was installed on the 27th March.

Until the online booking system is ready, bookings for the tennis court should continue to be made via Budgens, who continue to hold the diary and also have copies of the new keys.  

 

DEVELOPMENT BEHIND THE HORSE & GROOM (MOR006)

OUTLINE PLANNING PERMISSION HAS BEEN ISSUED

Last year West Berkshire Council granted outline planning approval, subject to the agreement of certain conditions, for 110 homes on the site behind the Horse and Groom. Last week it was confirmed that these conditions had been agreed and as such the outline planning permission has now been issued.

The developers, T. A. Fisher, are now working on a detailed planning application for Phase 1 of the development. Phase 1 is at the top of the site.

 

 

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. In order to acquire the necessary evidence for West Berkshire Council, 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.

If you know of any other paths that are not marked on the definitive map, then please let the Parish Clerk know. https://gis1.westberks.gov.uk/ApplicationTemplates/OnlineMap/?vln=PUBLIC%20RIGHTS%20OF%20WAY

 

PLASTIC FREE MORTIMER

The Parish Council was approached 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.


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.