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THE PARISH COUNCIL OFFICE AT THE LIBRARY IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO PUBLC ACCESS

You can still contact the Parish Council on 0118 933 1955 or:

        • Email:  the.clerk@stratfield-mortimer.gov.uk
        • Email:  admin@stratfield-mortimer.gov.uk 
We are available Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between 9.30am and 5.00pm.  For deliveries, or in an out-of-office hours emergency, please call the office number and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

LATEST NEWS:

 

Post-lockdown restrictions in West Berkshire (High tier)

West Berkshire will be in the high tier of restrictions when the current national lockdown ends.

Under the post-lockdown arrangements, the Government has placed each region in one of three tiers – medium, high or very high. The tiers are based on the prevalence of coronavirus in a region, and introduce varying degrees of restrictions to help combat the virus.

The local region includes West Berkshire along with Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell Forest, and Windsor and Maidenhead. This region will move into the high tier from Wednesday 2nd December. Under the high tier:

  • There is no mixing of households indoors, apart from support bubbles. A maximum of six people can meet outdoors
  • Shops, gyms and personal care services (such as hairdressers) will all reopen
  • Pubs and bars must close, unless they are operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals. Last orders will be taken at 10pm, and venues must close by 11pm
  • People should minimise travel and work from home where possible
  • Schools, colleges, university and early years settings will be open

More information about restrictions at the medium, high and very high tiers can be found online.

You can also stay up-to-date on restrictions where you live using this postcode finder.

As well as the specific restrictions outlined above, residents should continue to follow the “hands, face, space” advice to help reduce the transmission of coronavirus.

Tiers will be reviewed every two weeks with regions moving to more or less severe restrictions, or staying as they are, depending on factors such as transmission rates and how local services are coping.

West Berkshire Council is continuing to provide support to residents and businesses who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus restrictions. Later today, the Council will announce details of a new Winter Hardship Grant Fund and which opens for applications next week.

Support is also available for businesses affected by the restrictions put in place.

Residents have been receiving leaflets through the post this week with information about the support available to local residents, useful contacts and local arrangements for contact tracing. It also included information about the different tiers, which were correct at the time of posting. Since then these tiers and have changed and residents are asked to follow the amended tiered restrictions as set out here.

You can find out more information about the latest advice in West Berkshire, and information about local coronavirus cases, on the Public Health for Berkshire website.

 

 

NEXT MEETING OF THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE

 

There will be an online meeting of the Finance & General Purposes Committee at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 1st December 2020.

The agenda for the meeting is available here.

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend.

Teams meeting: Click here to join the meeting

Please note that online meetings may be recorded, and your attendance/participation implies consent.

 

 

NEXT MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE

There will be an online meeting of the Planning Committee at 6.30pm on Thursday, 26th November 2020.

The agenda for the meeting is available here.

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend.

Teams meeting: Click here to join the meeting

Please note that online meetings may be recorded, and your attendance/participation implies consent.

 

NEXT MEETING OF THE FAIRGROUND & CEMETERY COMMITTEE

There will be an online meeting of the Fairground and Cemetery Committee at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 24th November 2020.

The agenda for the meeting is available here.

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend.

Teams meeting: Click here to join the meeting Click here to join the meeting

Please note that online meetings may be recorded, and your attendance/participation implies consent.

 

TREEWORKS ON THE FAIRGROUND

Please note that there will be tree works taking place on the Fairground - week commencing Monday, 23rd November - for a few days.

Take care when walking around the areas where the contractors are working, especially if you have young children and pets with you.

 

REMEMBRANCE DAY 2020

The video of our virtual Remembrance Day event that was streamed on Remembrance Day is available to watch on the Mortimer Music Live Facebook site using this link.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=search&v=2785331575071477&external_log_id=fdd371ad-b042-4d32-90c8-c74b9775da36&q=Mortimer%20Music%20Live

The Council thank Ryan Saunders and Dave Kilshaw of Mortimer Music Live for the production of the video and also thank all participants for the ‘secret’ recording sessions.

 

 

 

NEXT MEETING OF THE FULL COUNCIL

There will be an online meeting of the Full Council at 7.30pm on Thursday, 12th November 2020.

The agenda for the meeting is available here.

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend.

Teams meeting: Click here to join the meeting.

Please note that online meetings may be recorded, and your attendance/participation implies consent.

 

 

NEXT MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE

There will be an online meeting of the Planning Committee at 6.30pm on Thursday, 12th November 2020.

The agenda for the meeting is available here.

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend.

Teams meeting: Click here to join the meeting

Please note that online meetings may be recorded, and your attendance/participation implies consent.

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 UPDATE: New National Restrictions from 5 November

You can find guidance on the new restrictions coming into place from 5th November here.

 

REMEMBRANCE DAY 2020 - Sunday, 8th November

This year, in light of the current Covid-19 restrictions, there will not be a public event held at the War Memorial this year.

Residents are invited to join in this year’s commemorations from their homes.

Please join the village from your doorsteps and gardens at 10.58am ready for the ‘The Last Post’, ‘Exhortation’ and a two-minute silence, followed by ‘Reveille’ and ‘Kohima Epitaph’.

It will be streamed on MVP’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Mortimervillagepartnership

A recording of the wreath laying at the War Memorial – which will be made at an alternative time to this year’s commemorations – will be available to watch via social media and on the Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council’s website https://www.stratfield-mortimer.gov.uk/Stratfield-Mortimer-PC.

There will be a Church Service, with the reading out of names, at 11.05am from at St John’s Church, Mortimer. This is not open to the public, but residents can watch via Zoom. Details and the link to the service will be available at: https://www.mortimerbenefice.org.uk

As well as observing the two-minute silence, the Royal British Legion have suggested several other ways to commemorate. More information is available at: https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

 

 

UPDATE ON MORTIMER STATION CAR PARK APPLICATION

Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council is pleased to announce that the planning application for an additional 150 car parking spaces at Mortimer Station was granted at West Berkshire Council’s Eastern Area Planning Committee meeting on the evening of the 28th October.

The Parish Council started looking at additional parking at the station in 2007. An initial planning application was refused and turned down on appeal in 2009. Further to the ratification of the Neighbourhood Development Plan, which confirmed Mortimer’s strong desire for further station parking, the Council worked closely with GWR, Englefield Estate and Pro Vision to meet this objective. In particular, the Council would like to thank Mr. Neil Kiley, initially as a councillor and subsequently as a co-opted member of the public and Katherine Miles of Pro Vision, for their work regarding this project.

The car park will be on the Basingstoke platform side and the station will thus have parking and drop off facilities on both sides of the track. Conditions governing aspects of the successful planning application, such as lighting, boundary treatment and landscaping will now be set by West Berkshire Council’s planning officers. Moving forward, GWR will be responsible for the actual build.

 

 

NEXT MEETING OF THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSES  COMMITTEE

There will be an online meeting of the Finance & General Purposes Committee at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 3rd November 2020.

The agenda for the meeting is available here.

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend.

The link to the Teams meeting is here.

Please note that online meetings may be recorded, and your attendance/participation implies consent.

 

 

STATEMENT ON REMEMBRANCE DAY 2020

Further to discussions with the Mortimer branch of the Royal British Legion, the Scouts, the benefice, and the police, the Remembrance Day commemorations, taking place on Sunday the 8th November, will be of a different format this year.

Having considered the Government Guidelines regarding Remembrance Day commemorations, and in order to protect the health and well-being of the participants, marshals and members of the public, the parade and usual event at the War Memorial will not take place. Instead the village is invited to join in from their homes and with the plans to broadcast the Last Post, the Exhortation, Reveille and the Kohima Epitaph across the village, it is hoped that people will commemorate and observe the two minute silence from their doorsteps and gardens.

Ideas on other activities for remembrance can be found at https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance.

Further information on the planned commemorations for Stratfield Mortimer will be available shortly via the parish noticeboards and the Council's website and Facebook page.

We will remember them

 

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that a casual vacancy has arisen on the Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council. Details of the announcement are available here.

An election will be held to fill the vacancy if, within 14 days (excluding weekends and holidays) after the date of this Notice, the Returning Officer of West Berkshire District Council receives at least ten written requests for an election to fill the said vacancy.

If the Returning Officer receives fewer than ten written requests for an election by 4th November 2020, the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

 

NEXT MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE

There will be an online meeting of the Planning Committee at 6.30pm on Thursday, 22nd October 2020.

The agenda for the meeting is available here.

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend.

The link to the Teams meeting is here.

Please note that online meetings may be recorded, and your attendance/participation implies consent.

BURGHFIELD BRIDGE PARAPET REPAIRS

The works to be carried out under the road closure are the removal of the unsafe damaged section of brick parapet, removal of sections of the brick parapet from the canal and the relocation of the temporary concrete block edge protection to provide a safe working area. The above works will be carried out under a full road closure with a signed diversion route. The works have been programmed to be carried out over the following three evenings:  

19:00hrs to 05:00hrs Monday 12 October 2020.
19:00hrs to 05:00hrs Tuesday 13 October 2020.
19:00hrs to 05:00hrs Wednesday 14 October 2020.
 

Once this has been carried out the parapet will be then be rebuilt using a pontoon on the canal with the bridge open to traffic as normal under the permanent two way traffic lights.

 

 

NEXT MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE

There will be an online meeting of the Planning Committee at 6.30pm on Thursday, 8th October 2020.

The agenda for the meeting is available here.

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend.

The link to the Teams meeting is here.

Please note that online meetings may be recorded, and your attendance/participation implies consent.

 

 

NEXT MEETING OF THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE 

There will be an online meeting of the Finance & General Purposes Committee at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 29th September 2020.

The agenda for the meeting is available here.

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend.

The link to the Teams meeting is here.

Please note that online meetings may be recorded, and your attendance/participation implies consent.

 

 

NEXT MEETING OF THE ROADS, FOOTPATHS & COMMONS COMMITTEE 

There will be an online meeting of the Roads, Footpaths & Commons Committee at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 22nd September 2020.

The agenda for the meeting is available here.

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend.

The link to the Teams meeting is here.

Please note that online meetings may be recorded, and your attendance/participation implies consent.

 

 

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT 


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that a casual vacancy has arisen on the Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council. Details of the announcement are available here.

An election will be held to fill the vacancy if, within 14 days (excluding weekends and holidays) after the date of this Notice, the Returning Officer of West Berkshire District Council receives at least ten written requests for an election to fill the said vacancy.

If the Returning Officer receives fewer than ten written requests for an election by 2nd October 2020, the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

 

 

New 'rule of six' for social gatherings


New guidance announced this week introduces a new 'rule of six' limit on social gatherings.

From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than six people. It applies both indoors and outdoors, including in private homes.

There will be a limited number of exemptions. COVID-19 Secure venues, such as places of worship, restaurants and hospitality venues, can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to six must not mix or form larger groups. Education and work settings are unaffected, and organised team sports will still be able to proceed, as will weddings and funerals up to 30.

The new measures have been announced by the Government to help suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down.

For details of the new rules and a list of exemptions visit the GOV.UK website.

The police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, including to issue fines (fixed penalty notice) of £100, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £3,200.


 

TENNIS COURT ACCESS

The issue with the access gate has now been rectified and players should be able to access the courts for their confirmed bookings again.

If you encounter any issues with the gate not opening when entering your valid PIN, please contact the Parish Council office.

 

  

MORTIMER STATION CAR PARK PLANNING APPLICATION

On Wednesday, 5th August, the Eastern Area Planning Committee (EAPC) of West Berkshire Council discussed the Parish Council’s application for planning permission for an additional station car park. The case officer’s recommendation was for refusal. After an in-depth debate it was unanimously resolved that more information was required to clarify some of the issues which had led to the recommendation for refusal and the decision was deferred. EAPC will debate the application again at a future date when the case officer has obtained that information.

 

 

LTA TENNIS BOOKING DISTRUPTION

The LTA website will undergo essential maintenance between 06.00 AM on Sunday 2nd August 2020 and 11.00 AM on Monday 3rd August 2020.

Unfortunately, during this time, it means you may not be able to access/book on the SMPC ClubSpark platform using your LTA log in credentials.

All other means of login; ClubSpark, Facebook and Google, will function as normal.

 

 

NEW COVID RECOVERY GRANT

A new small pot of funding is available from West Berkshire Council to help local areas recover from Covid-19. Each District Councillor can support a local project, or projects, up to £1000. No match funding is required, and the money can be used for revenue or capital expenditure. In the Burghfield and Mortimer ward, the three District Councillors have agreed to pool their grants so there is one pot of £3k to apply to.

Applications can come from support groups or other local organisations and should address at least one of the recovery priorities which include the health of our population, a strong and supported community sector, enhanced quality of life in our communities.

WBC’s announcement can be seen at https://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/37367

The full details of the Recovery Strategy can be seen at https://citizen.westberks.gov.uk/media/49071/2020-West-Berkshire-Recovery-Strategy/pdf/West_Berkshir_e_Recovery_Strategy.pdf?m=637305985198270000

Applications giving details of the project, how it addresses one of the priorities and the amount required, should be emailed to admin@stratfield-mortimer.gov.uk by 31st August 2020.

 

 

NEXT MEETING OF THE FULL COUNCIL

There will be an online meeting of the Full Council at 7.30pm on Thursday, 30th July 2020.

The agenda for the meeting is available here.

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend.

The link to the Teams meeting is here.

Please note that online meetings may be recorded, and your attendance/participation implies consent.


 

 

UPDATE ON MORTIMER STATION CAR PARK PLANNING APPLICATION

The planning application for the proposed car park on the south-east side of Mortimer Station (20/00674/FUL) is due to go before the Eastern Area Planning Committee on 5th August and a decision will be issued shortly after.

 

 

NEXT MEETING OF THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE

There will be an online meeting of the Finance & General Purposes Committee at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 21st July 2020.

The agenda for the meeting is available here.

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend.

The link to the online Teams meeting is here.

Please note that online meetings may be recorded, and your attendance/participation implies consent.

  

OPENING OF THE PLAYAREA ON THE FAIRGROUND

The playground and play area on the Fairground will be open as from Saturday, 4th July 2020 under the following conditions:

USE PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT AT YOUR OWN RISK

• Under 14 years only in the designated playground

• 1 family member to accompany 1 child

• Please retain 2m distance from other users e.g. pushing swings

• Limit time on a particular piece of equipment to 10 minutes

• Use of hand sanitiser gel or wipes is advised when using the equipment

• When using equipment do not touch face

• Consumption of food and drink within play areas is not permitted

• Please use bins provided or take litter home

Detailed conditions are listed here

   

 

 

West Berkshire Council's Local Outbreak Control Plans for Covid-19

Today, 2nd July 2020, West Berkshire Council are publishing their Local Outbreak Control Plans for Covid-19.

As part of the next stage of the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic, local authorities have to develop Local Outbreak Control Plans (LOCP) to prevent and control local outbreaks of the virus.

The plan summarises how the District Council will aim to protect our residents and communities by minimising further spread or recurrence of Covid-19 across West Berkshire. Covid-19 is likely to be with us until better treatments and/or a vaccine is available so it is, therefore, important that we all play our part in remaining vigilant and follow national and local guidance to keep us all safe.

Lynne Doherty, Leader of West Berkshire Council, said: “We want to thank our residents and businesses across West Berkshire for their continued efforts to ensure they stay safe and play their part in keeping Covid-19 infection rates minimal across the district. As a local authority, we have been given the duty to produce a local outbreak control plan and this is something we can now share.

“We have been working internally with our department leads and externally with our partners to publish our Local Outbreak Plan as a matter of urgency, as we may see towns and cities go into local lockdown as national restrictions are eased over the coming weeks and months. This could vary in size, from an individual business or local school, up to a full district lockdown, as has been seen in Leicester.

“Residents and businesses will need to know quickly if a similar situation were to happen here, and that’s why our Outbreak Control Plan focuses on key themes and an outbreak management process detailing what we will do, and how we would communicate key messages out to the public.”

Further information and a summary of the plans can be found on WBC’s website: https://info.westberks.gov.uk/coronavirus-locp .

Play your part and keep up to date with all Covid-19 news by signing up to the dedicated newsletter for local Covid-19 alerts here: https://bit.ly/C19Newsletter .

 

 

Fairground Facilities - Coronavirus Update

Further to the recent Government’s announcement in response to the Coronavirus outbreak, changes regarding the Multi Use Games Activity (MUGA) and the tennis courts will be as follows:

· The MUGA shall reopen on Saturday 16th May. This may be used by an individual by themselves or with members of their household or with one other person from a different household, whilst staying 2 metres apart. Please only play for 30 minutes if other individuals are waiting to play and DO NOT USE other people’s equipment.

· One tennis court shall reopen on Saturday 16th May. An individual may play singles and doubles with other members of their household and/or up to six members from different households, whilst staying 2 metres apart. Players are asked to bring hand sanitizers and wipes to clean the access keypad and door handle.

A guide for tennis players is available here

Unfortunately, the playground and play area will remain closed until further notice.

The Fairground may be used for exercising and spending time outdoors e.g. sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking, or sunbathing. An individual may also meet up outdoors with one person from a different household. However, all the above activities must take place whilst following social distancing guidelines.

Whilst on the Fairground, there must not be gatherings of a group of more than two unless they are members of the same household.

Anyone showing coronavirus symptoms, or anyone self-isolating or from a household which is self-isolating, should stay at home - this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.

Further information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

 

 

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

Due to current restrictions in place for the coronavirus emergency, the Annual Parish Meeting will be postponed until further notice.

 

 

WHERE TO FIND COMMUNITY SUPPORT

West Berkshire Council have now set up a live support link for residents. The link to the site is below:

https://citizen.westberks.gov.uk/findcommunitysupport

You can use this page to find community support groups in your area, and also ask for help with their Community Support Hub if you're considered clinically extremely vulnerable or vulnerable.

The Hub is open seven days a week, 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday and 8:30am to 4:30pm, Friday to Sunday and Bank Holidays.

Telephone: 01635 503579

email: westberksbct@westberks.gov.uk or ask for help from the Community Support Hub service online.

There is also a Community Support Hub Facebook page for volunteers across West Berkshire.

 

 

COVID-19: SIGN UP WITH WBC FOR THEIR LATEST UPDATES

WBC is introducing a newsletter to share the latest updates on the virus and disease.

It will provide residents with advice, information about changes to services, signposting to the support available through the Council and its partners, etc.

You can sign up here: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKWESTBC/subscriber/new?qsp=CODE_RED and there is information about signing up on Facebook and Twitter for easy sharing.

Please share and encourage your neighbours to sign up to receive these bulletins.

 

  

SMPC CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

 Further to the new rules from H M Government announced on Monday 23rd March, the play areas, MUGA and tennis courts on The Fairground will be closed to the public until further notice.

The Fairground will remain open for exercise purposes ONLY. If going there please adhere to the rule that you can only go there ALONE or with members of YOUR HOUSEHOLD. Do not go there to meet anyone outside your household even friend(s) or family. A distance of at least two meters should be maintained.

All Parish Councils meetings are cancelled until at least the 14th May or unless legislation changes which allows local authority meetings to run under a different format. The Council will continue to operate with the Officers, Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Members taking decisions in accordance with the approved delegation.

The Council office is closed, and all enquiries should be made via telephone and email. The contact details are as follows: 0118 933 1995; the.clerk@stratfield-mortimer.gov.uk or admin@stratfield-mortimer.gov.uk

“Ali’s Recycling for the Local Community” scheme is currently suspended and with the Parish office being closed, there is no access to the recycling bins. Please collect and save your recycling at home until the scheme is restarted and the office reopens.

It is with great sadness that the VE Day 75 commemorations will not be able to go ahead in May but, in line with national guidance from the Pageant Master General, the Council will keep under review the possibility of the event taking place on the weekend of 15th (VJ Day) / 16th August.

Further information and guidance regarding Coronavirus can be found at the following sites:
• https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
• https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

 

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For the latest advice and information on coronavirus visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus

You can read the latest information here: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

SMPC Information page at https://www.stratfield-mortimer.gov.uk/Stratfield-Mortimer-PC/coronavirus_covid-19-3866.aspx

 

 

Results on the CIL Consultation

In late January and early February 2020, Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council held a public consultation (via an exhibition and a survey in parish council newsletter and online) regarding several possible projects which the Parish Council could undertake using CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy).

You can read about the consultation in more detail here.

The consultation was a significant success with 529 surveys completed (249 on paper and 280 online). As well as giving their opinion on the proposed projects, respondents submitted their own ideas for future projects.

Three projects have sufficient support in order for SMPC to move forward on now; others may need rethinking and looking at again in a different format in the future.

The three projects are:

Project

Result

Pavement widening down The Street

74% in favour
(521 responses)

SMPC owning and running the Library building

81% in favour
(514 responses)

Footpath/cycleway between Mortimer & Burghfield

72% in favour
(513 responses)

You can see all the results here.

The comments and ideas for new projects (Question 16) are still being collated and analysed and will be published separately soon.

With many thanks to everyone who took part and gave us their feedback, comments and additional ideas. If you put yourself forward as a library trustee, we will be touch shortly.

 

 

NEXT PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING

There will be a Planning Committee meeting on Thursday, 26th March in the Parish Council office (behind the library), 27 Victoria Road, Mortimer, RG7 3SH.

The agenda for the meeting is available here

This meeting will take place subject to the current guidelines in place due to the coronavirus emergency and subject to any decisions made at the forthcoming Extra Ordinary Full Council meeting on 23rd March.

 

 

EXTRA ORDINARY FULL COUNCIL MEETING

There will be an Extra Ordinary meeting of the Full Council on Monday, 23rd March 2020 at 7.30pm in the Parish Council office (behind the library), 27 Victoria Road, Mortimer, RG7 3SH.

Although members of the public and press are welcome to attend please bear in mind the Government's current advice regarding coronavirus.  

The Agenda for the meeting is available here.


 

 

MORTIMER STATION CAR PARK UPDATE

The planning application for the proposed Mortimer Station car park is now in with West Berkshire Council for decision.

The submission has been validated and the case file is reference 20/00674/FUL on the WBC planning portal: https://publicaccess.westberks.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application (search by the reference number to see all the relevant documents).

A decision from WBC is not expected until mid-May 2020 at the earliest.

 


SPEED CUSHIONS IN ST. JOHN’S CAR PARK

West Berkshire Council have completed work on the installation of speed cushions in the car park outside St. John’s Church today.

They will be conducting a survey in the next few months to gauge how effective these are at stopping speeding cars using the car park as a cut through. These cushions should make it much safer for users of the car park.

 

 

GRANT TO TADLEY CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU

Under its 2019/20 budget for s137 grants, the Parish Council has agreed to make a grant of £1,500 to Tadley Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB). The Parish Council acknowledged the importance of the work of the CAB and will seek to explore working with Tadley CAB and Burghfield Parish Council in supporting their outreach service in Burghfield with a view to providing a similar service in Mortimer.

Mortimer residents requiring assistance are advised to contact Tadley CAB and Burghfield Outreach services for support:

Admin Line: 0118 981 7567
Advice Line: 03444 111 306 (same local call cost)   

Email: admin@tadleycab.cabnet.org.uk

http://www.basingstokeandtadleycab.org.uk/citizens-advice-tadley

 

CO-OPTION TO THE SMPC PLANNING COMMITTEE

The Parish Council agreed to the co-option of Mr. Neil Kiley to the Planning Committee at the Full Council meeting on 10th October. His knowledge and experience as a past member of the Parish Council is very much appreciated and will be an asset going forward with the Mortimer station car park and other future projects.

 

Fairground Security

As a security precaution, please note that on occasion the Parish Council may deem it necessary to lock the gate to the car park by the community centre overnight from midnight to 7am. Notice will be given where possible.


 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

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.