Mere Town Council

clock tower Town Clerk - Mrs. L. C. Wood

Duchy Manor,
Springfield Road,
BA12 6EW
Phone: 01747 860701




Dear Councillors,

Your attendance is requested for a meeting of the Town Council to be held on Monday, 3rd September 2018 at 7.30 p.m. in The Andy Young Pavilion, Springfield Road, Mere, BA12 6EW

Yours sincerely,


Lindsey Wood,
Town Clerk.


1. Public Session
The Chairman will convene the Town Council meeting after the public session (please note that members of the public are no longer permitted to speak unless invited to do so by the Chairman).

2. To receive apologies for absence

3.  To receive declarations of interest from members and to consider requests for new DPI dispensations.
Members are invited to declare disclosable pecuniary interests and other interests in items on the agenda as required by the Mere Town Council Code of Conduct for Members and by the Localism Act 2011.

4.  Minutes – to approve Minutes of Town Council meetings held on Monday, 2nd July 2018 and Minutes of Town Council meeting held on Monday, 13th August 2018

5.  Matters Arising

  • Anniversary of Mere Clock Tower – report & update on event organisation
  • Leases for car parks & public toilets – report & update on renewal of leases
  • Walnut Road Play Area – update on action taken regarding replacement equipment & repairs. 

Also:  Why did Mere Town Council make the decision not to sell or lease the Walnut Road Play Area to the Public House with a covenant requiring it be kept open for public use? – Mr. Ted Henson

  • Centenary of the end of the First World War (Battle’s Over – a Nation’s Tribute) – update on progress for event commemorations and further requirements

6.  Reports & Consultations
a) Neighbourhood Policing Report
b) County Councillor’s report

7.  Planning
a) Applications: (All applications can be viewed on Wiltshire Council’s website   – and type in the relevant application number)
Application Ref:                18/07820/TCA
Application for:                 Work to Trees in a Cons. Area
Proposal:                             T1 – Sycamore – Coppice to 0.5m above ground level, T2 – Whitebeam – Prune out dead &
broken branches over 30mm, T3 – Whitebeam – fell & grind stump, G1 – Ash X 12 – fell
At:                                          Castle Hill (East), Mere.

Application Ref:                18/07823/TCA
Application for:                 Work to Trees in a Cons. Area
Proposal:                             T1 – Ornamental Cherry – Fell
T2 – Wild Cherry – Fell
At:                                          Castle Street Car Park, Mere.

Application Ref:                18/07829/TCA
Application for:                 Work to Trees in a Cons. Area
Proposal:                             T1 – Silver Birch – Fell, T2 – Silver Birch – Fell, T3 – Hawthorn – Fell
At:                                          Castle Hill Approach, Mere.

Application Ref:                18/07830/TPO
Application for:                 Work to TPO Trees
Proposal:                             T1- Beech – reduce height/length by 2.5m, T2 – Beech – Selectively reduce the lateral spread
of the tree on North, South & West by 2 to 3 metres, reduce height by 1.5 – 2m
At:                                          Mere Recreation Ground, Queens Road, Mere,  BA12 6EP

Application Ref:                18/07836/TCA
Application for:                 Work to Trees in a Cons. Area
Proposal:                             Various works as per schedule to 10 beech trees, 1 sycamore & 4 ash trees + 2 X groups of
sycamore & ash trees
At:                                          Long Hill (West), Mere.

Application Ref:                18/07770/FUL
Application for:                 Full Planning
Proposal:                             Replacement dwelling
At:                                          Rick Stones, Castle Hill Lane, Mere.  BA12 6JB

Application Ref:                18/07700/FUL
Application for:                 Full Planning
Proposal:                             Erect new timber framed garage against the existing dwelling
At:                                          Peacehaven, Pettridge Lane, Mere.  BA12 6DG

b) Notification of Submission of Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan
c) Ref:  Planning Application 16/12217/OUT – Update on Public Inquiry  for Appeal by Richborough Estates for Outline Planning to develop land at Castle Street, Mere (at date of preparing agenda there is still no news on the results of the public inquiry).
d) Neighbourhood Planning:

  • Is the Town Council happy for the Neighbourhood Planning Group to allocate sites for housing or mixed development?
  • Is the Town Council happy for the Neighbourhood Planning Group to assess sites for housing within the neighbourhood area?
  • Does the Town Council want the Neighbourhood Planning Group to include “design codes” in the Neighbourhood Development Plan?

8.  Highways, Rivers, Footpaths, Traffic & Transport

  • Highway & footpath issues for Parish Steward, Wiltshire online reporting & street lighting faults
  • Barrow Street – results of Metro Count and to discuss any further action to be taken.
  • *A303 Zeals to Mere eastbound resurfacing – notice of works from Highways England

9.  Buildings, Open Spaces, Play Areas, Sports Grounds, Allotments & Cemeteries
a) To review our position on Higher Level Stewardship scheme for Castle Hill & Long Hill

10.  Finance, Policy & Resources

  • *Payments – to approve payments set out in payment schedules attached
  • To consider quotations for Tree works as recommended in Tree Condition Survey
  • *To approve budget/expenditure summary report at 30.6.18

11.  General Items & Consultations/Briefing Notes
a) *Consultation Document:  Electoral Review of Wiltshire Council – Councillor Briefing Note No. 366 - Update & Consultation on New Division Boundaries + letter from The Local Government Boundary Commission for England
b) Councillors Briefing Notes:

  • Councillors Briefing Note No. 360 – New recycling collection services from 30 July 2018
  • Councillors Briefing Note No. 365 – Green Paper: A New Deal: for Social Housing, Rough Sleeping strategy and Consultation on use of Right to Buy Receipts
  • Councillors Briefing Note No. 367 – The Revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) – Published July 24th 2018

12. Forthcoming meetings/events

  • South West Wiltshire Community Safety Group, Wednesday, 5th September 2018, 6 – 7.30 pm, The Nadder Centre, Tisbury SP3 6HJ

13.  Future agenda items


Note:  Members are reminded that the Town Council has a general duty to consider the following matters in the exercise of any of its functions: Equal Opportunities (race, gender, sexual orientation, marital status and any disability), Crime and Disorder, Health and Safety and Human Rights.


*Further information on these items enclosed/attached

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