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, 4th March 2019 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).

Please Note: By entering the meeting room you are consenting to the use of your name being recorded in the Minutes.  The meeting may also be recorded by the press or members of the public.  Any person or organisation choosing to film, record or broadcast any meeting of the Council or its committees is responsible for any claims or other liability resulting from them so doing and by choosing to film, record or broadcast proceedings they accept that they are required to indemnify the Council, its members and officers in relation to any such claims or liabilities.

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, 4th February 2019.

5.  Matters Arising
*a) Proposals to expand Mere Model Railway Club (see Minute 236b)
b) Permission to erect Speed Indicator Device in Castle Street (see Minute 236d)
c) Consultation on improving our management of water in the environment – response from Mere Rivers Group (see Minute 242c)
*d) Wiltshire Council Highways & Streetscene Initiative funding to improve the appearance of towns and rural areas – report on submission to County Councillor (see Minute 239b)
e) Children’s Centre Rationalisation – Councillors Briefing Note No. 19-002 (see Minute 242b)

6.  Reports & Consultations
a) Neighbourhood Policing Report
b) County Councillor’s report
c) Report on Emergency Planning meeting held on Thursday, 8th February
d) Report on Southern Area Planning Committee Meeting held on Wednesday, 7th February
e) Report on Community Area Safety Group meeting held on Wednesday, 13th February

7.  Planning
a) Applications: (All applications can be viewed on Wiltshire Council’s website   – and type in the relevant application number)

Application Ref:          19/01750/TPO
Application for:           Work to TPO Trees
Proposal:                     T1 – Walnut tree – crown reduce 3m & crown thin
At:                                14 Clements Lane, Mere.  BA12 6DF

Application Ref:          19/01662/FUL
Application for:           Full Planning
Proposal:                     Retrospective application for outbuilding to rear of property.
At:                                40 North Road, Mere.  BA12 6HQ

Application Ref:          19/01963/PNCOU
Application for:           Prior Notification on change of use
Proposal:                     Prior Approval of Proposed Change of Use of Agricultural Buildings 3 no.  Dwelling
houses (Use Class C3), and for associated operational development
At:                                Church Farm, Wet Lane, Mere.  BA12 6BA

*b) Community Led Housing in Wiltshire
8.  Highways, Rivers, Footpaths, Traffic & Transport
a) Highway & footpath issues for Parish Steward, Wiltshire online reporting & street lighting faults
rural areas.
b) Snow Clearance – should the Town Council make provision for third party contractor snow clearance around the town – Cllr. George Jeans
c) White lines to delineate footpath along White Road (from White Road to Recreation Ground behind Mere Social Club)
d) Proposed Temporary Closure of The Square for Mere Cancer Research UK – May Fayre – 18th May 2019
e) Blocked ‘footpath’ at White Road – Cllr. A. Colman

9.  Buildings, Open Spaces, Play Areas, Sports Grounds, Allotments & Cemeteries
a) Green Dog Code
10.  Finance, Policy & Resources
*a) Payments – to approve payments set out in payment schedules attached
*b) Report in interim internal audit
*c) Wiltshire Council’s Service Devolution and Asset Transfer Programme
d) To set date, time and membership of Annual meeting to Assess Internal Control Measures/Risk Assessment/Insurance etc.

11.  General Items & Consultations/Briefing Notes
a) Annual Town Meeting – venue booked for Wednesday, 24th April 2019.  To discuss requested change of format.
b) The Local Government Boundary Commission for England – Consultation on draft boundaries for Wiltshire (also see Briefing Note No. 19-003 attached)
c) £6k local fund for initiatives to help older people living in isolation – email from Karen Linaker 7.2.19
Briefing Notes:

  • Briefing Note 375 on the Polling District and Polling Place Review.
  • Briefing Note No. 19-003 – Electoral Review of Wiltshire Council – Draft Recommendations of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England
  • Briefing Note No. 19-004 – Final States of Draft Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan
  • Briefing Note Number 19-005 - Digital Access to Council Tax Records & Applying for Housing and Council Tax Reduction On-line

12. Forthcoming meetings/events

  • Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Authority – Notice of Wiltshire Local Performance & Scrutiny Committee Meetings
  • Invitation from Salisbury Civic Society to “Promoting Our Heritage” Workshop (see email 21.2.19)
  • South West Wiltshire Area Board Meeting, Wednesday, 20th March 2019 at The Nadder Centre, Weaveland Road, Tisbury at 6.30 pm

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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