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PARISH COUNCIL OFFICE – Closed on Monday, 17th June

Please note that the Parish Council office will be closed this coming                  Monday, 17th June, and reopens on the Tuesday for normal business hours.

In an emergency, calls to the office will be redirected to the answer service and will be picked up as soon as is possible.

 

NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS

The next meetings of the Parish Council will take place on Thursday, 13th June at the Methodist Church Hall, West End Road, Mortimer, RG7 3TB:

Planning Committee at 6.45pm, followed by

Full Council at 7.30pm

The Agenda for each meeting is available here.

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend.

 

 

VACANCY FOR A COUNCILLOR

There is one (1) vacancy on the above Council caused by the decision by J. O’Neill not to take their seat.

A by-election to fill the vacancy will be held if, within 14 days (not counting a Saturday or Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas, Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, or Bank Holiday or a day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning) from the date below, ten electors for the community give notice in writing claiming such an election to the Returning Officer.

The address for the Returning Officer is:  
West Berkshire Council, Market Street, Newbury RG14 5LD

If no such notice is given the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

Dated: 24th May 2019

Signed Clerk:

Address: Parish Council Office Mortimer Library 27 Victoria Road Mortimer Reading RG7 3SH

 

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.

 

ROADS, FOOTPATHS & COMMONS COMMITTEE MEETING

The next meeting of the Roads, Footpaths & Commons Committee will be on Tuesday, 28th May at 7.30pm here in the Parish Council offices (at Mortimer Library).

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend.

 

UPDATE:  TENNIS COURTS ARE NOW OPEN AGAIN FOR PLAY

Please continue to make your court reservations through the diary held at Budgens. For details, please see information on the tennis courts under our "SMPC Facilities/Services" page.

 

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.  

 

CRAZY NELLIE THE ELEPHANT

The replacement elephant rocker for the play area on the Fairground was scheduled to be installed by the end of February. Unfortunately, ‘Crazy Nellie’ the elephant was stolen a few days prior to work taking place but has been safely recovered and will be appearing in the play area shortly. 

 

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.

NOTICE OF ELECTORS RIGHTS TO INSPECT ACCOUNTS

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015 No.234) require that The Notice of Electors Rights to Inspect the Annual Accounts for 2016-17 should be publicised on the Parish Council Website and can be found below, along with Sections 26 and 27 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014:

Notice of Electors Rights - 2016.2017 and Local Audit & Accountability Act 2014

Section 1 - Annual Governance Statement 2017/18

Section 2 - Accounting Statements 2017/18 and Unaudited Declaration

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.