As you are probably aware, West Berkshire Council, along with many other local authorities, is facing unprecedented financial pressures due to a number of national and global factors which has left a significant funding gap in next year’s budget. In order to address this budget gap, savings are needed which could affect a number of front-line services, some of which sit within the Council’s Environment Department.
Following the approval of the parish council’s planning application 23/01514/FUL on 9 November, the new CCTV cameras will be installed onto The Fairground shortly. The cameras will be used to cover the playground areas and equipment for security purposes.
The parish council Christmas elves were out on The Fairground on Friday morning installing this year’s tree. Thanks to Graham Bridgman, Amanda Marsden, Hugh Kilshaw, Andrew Richardson, and to James Strang and his telehandler.
On Advent Sunday, 3rd December at 7pm, after the service in St John's church, there will be a Blessing of the Christmas Tree and turning on of the lights on The Fairground, led by Father Paul Chaplin.
West Berkshire Council will be holding a public presentation at St John’s Hall, West End Road, Mortimer, on Monday, 11th December from 6pm to 8pm. This meeting is part of the current public consultation that is taking place regarding plans for the redevelopment of the Four Houses Corner Travellers Site and will include a question-and-answer session.
An opportunity exists for a talented person with strong administrative skills to become a key member of the Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council team and assist the Parish Clerk in the smooth running of the Council. Ideally the successful candidate will be available to take up this position from the end of January.