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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; email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
“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:
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:
Pavement widening down The Street
74% in favour
SMPC owning and running the Library building
81% in favour
Footpath/cycleway between Mortimer & Burghfield
72% in favour
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.
75 DAYS UNTIL VE75
It's just 75 days until "VE75", 8th and 9th May 2020, the two days where the nation remembers and celebrates the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
If you can help us on either day, for an hour or more, for example to sell raffle tickets, set up/take down the event, staff the bar or marshal, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Lisa, by email: email@example.com. or phone: 07446 239239
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.
COMMUNITY AWARD 2020
We are looking for nominations for this year’s Stratfield Mortimer Community Award.
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 17th February 2020, and nomination forms are available here, or you can pick up copies from either the Parish Council Office or Mortimer Library.
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)
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.
As a security precaution, please not 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.
THE ROADS, FOOTPATHS & COMMONS COMMITTEE
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.
TEMPORARY BARRIERS ONTO THE
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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:
- Call 999
- Start chest compressions and rescue breathes (CPR)
- Ask someone to bring a defibrillator if there’s one nearby
- 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
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.
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
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.
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.