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Agenda 21st July

Mere Town Council

 

mtc logoTown Clerk – Mrs. L. C. Wood

Duchy Manor,

Springfield Road,

Mere

Warminster,

Wiltshire

BA12 6EW

Phone: 01747 860701

e-mail: lindseywood@merewilts.org

www.merewilts.org

16th July 2020

Dear Councillors,

 

Your attendance is requested for a meeting of the Town Council to be held on Monday, 20th July 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at Duchy Manor, Springfield Road, Mere, BA12 6EW  (We aim to hold the meeting outside subject to weather conditions)

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Lindsey Wood,

Town Clerk & RFO

AGENDA

 

  1. Public Session

Members of the public are invited to address the Council on any issue over which it has a power. This session will be limited to 15 minutes (3 minutes per speaker). The Chairman will convene the Town Council meeting after the public session (please note that once the meeting has been convened 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.

  1. Apologies – To receive apologies for absence

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Planning
  2. a) Applications: (All applications can be viewed on Wiltshire Council’s website http://planning.wiltshire.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/ApplicationSearch.aspx – and type in the relevant application number)

 

Application Ref:                20/04264/FUL

Application for:                 Full Planning

Proposal:                           Insertion of dormer window to the rear of the property.

At:                                     The Rondel, Castle Hill Lane, Mere.  BA12 6JB

 

 

Application Ref:                20/04298/TCA

Application for:                 Work to Trees in a Cons Area

Proposal:                            T1 – Ash tree – fell

T2 – Sycamore tree – 15% crown thin & crown lift by 2m

At:                                       Highfields, Castle Hill Lane, Mere.  BA12 6JB

 

Application Ref:                20/04832/FUL

Application for|:               Full Planning

Proposal:                          Erection of portal frame barn for storage of agricultural and forestry equipment.

At:                                    Hazelwood House, Shaftesbury Road Northeast to Limpers Hill, Limpers Hill,Mere.  BA12 6BD

 

Application Ref:                20/04854/FUL

Application for:                Full Planning

Proposal:                          Erection of polytunnel for animal housing

At:                                    Downs View Farm, Limpers Hill, Mere.  BA12 6BD

 

Application Ref:                20/05163/VAR

Application for:                 Variation of Condition

Proposal:                           Variation of condition 2 of planning permission 20/00444/FUL to alter the external materials for the approved extension and repositioning of the approved carport.

At:                                      Spree, Rook Street, Mere.  BA12 6FD

 

*b) Protocol for dealing with developers in respect of pre-planning application developments (per NALC legal advice LCR Summer 2015)

*c) Wiltshire Council’s Spatial Planing – Green Infrastructure and Open Space collaboration & Household Survey

 

  1. Highways, Rivers, Footpaths, Traffic & Transport
  2. a) Update on issues for MyWiltshire Reporting App, jobs for Parish Steward (10th & 11th March), jobs for Sparkle Team visit (16th – 19th March) + identification of new issues & jobs relating to streetscene, highways and footpaths.
  3. b) To set up Advisory Group to research and carry out community engagement on future Parking and Waiting Restriction requests. (deferred from last meeting)

*c) Request to extend 30mph speed limit along Shaftesbury Road – Mr. D. Clowser

 

  1. Buildings, Open Spaces, Play Areas, Sports Grounds, Car Parks, Allotments & Cemeteries,

 

  1. Finance, Policy & Resources

*a) Payments – to approve payments set out in payment schedules attached

  1. b) Resolution for Chairman & Vice Chairman to sign Legal Side Agreement relating to S.106 contributions for Woodlands Road development and the provision of off-site facilities and open space in Mere.
  2. c) To set date & working group members to review and assess the effectiveness of internal control measures
  3. d) CATG Scheme – Dropped Kerbs on Clements Lane
  4. e) Website Accessibility requirements – quotations for creation of website to meet statutory requirements

*f) Internal auditors report on interim internal audit carried out 25th February 2020.

  1. g) Application for fingerpost sign grant – to replace fingerpost sign at Barrow Street Lane/Charnage junction

*h) Hills Waste Collection Price Review

*i) Action Plan for pending Town Council projects

 

  1. General Items & Consultations
  2. a) Annual Town Meeting
  • Date & Venue of Meeting (Grove Building booked for Wednesday 22nd April 2020)
  • Programme for meeting & Agenda
  1. WALC Newsletter – February 2020

*c) The Great British Spring Clean 2020

  1. d) Coronavirus – Advice & Information, Risk Assessments & Emergency Planning?

 

  1. Future agenda items

 

For Information Only

*Briefing Notes:

Briefing Note No. 20-09 – Changes to Kerbside Recycling Collections

Briefing Note No. 20-10 – A summary of the governments £220m “better deal for bus users” and how to make

`                               suggestions for improved or enhanced bus services in Wiltshire

Briefing Note No. 20-11 – Working in partnership with Town & Parish Councils

 

Forthcoming meetings/events

  1. Employment & Careers Event – Wednesday, 18th March 2020 between 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm at The Nadder Centre, Weaveland Road, Tisbury SP3 6HJ
  2. South West Wiltshire Area Board Meeting – Wednesday, 18th March 2020 at 5.30 p.m. at The Nadder Centre, Weaveland Road, Tisbury SP3 6HJ
  3. Highways Meeting – Monday, 18th May 2020 between 1900 hrs to 2100 hrs (venue to be advised)
  4. Wiltshire Council Flood Plan Workshop – Wednesday, 25th March 2020 at 7.00 pm. In the Andy Young Pavilion, Springfield Road, Mere.

 

 

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.

 

Covid-19 Response & Strategy – Updated 9.6.20

Covid-19 Response & Strategy – Updated 9.6.20

Reopening of facilities

 

In line with government announcements:

The tennis courts have re-opened with restricted usage guidelines.

Mere Skate Park has reopened with restricted usage guidelines.

The Multi-Use Games Area has been re-opened with restricted usage guidelines.

The guidelines are printed on notices around the courts and the skate park.

 

Mere Bowls Club have re-opened with restricted usage guidelines issued by the Dept. of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and they have limited essential access to the Andy Young Pavilion only to use the toilets and hand washing facilities.

 

All childrens play areas remain closed and locked in accordance with government guidelines.  The Changing Rooms remain shut.

 

Having carried out a risk assessment of the public toilets in order to reopen them, I have decided that it is not possible to re-open the gents and the ladies toilets.  However, we have altered the lock on the disabled toilets and this has been opened for public use from 5th June on the following basis:

  • Suitable signage promoting social distancing and personal hygiene
  • The toilet will be cleaned twice a day (10 am & 2 pm)
  • The toilet will only be open from 7.30 am until 4.30 pm

Our cleaner has been given a risk management sheet, PPE and clear instructions on cleaning the premises.

 

As our buildings (Toilets, Andy Young Pavilion, Changing Rooms and Youth Club) had been closed for some time with water standing in the pipes, I have also arranged for the water systems to be disinfected and flushed through.  We will, of course, go into the buildings on a weekly basis and flush out the systems in each of the buildings from now on and until they are all back in full and regular use.

 

Mere’s Local Resilience Forum & Community Support Group

 

The group is still working well and the volunteer statistics up until the end of May show very impressive results:

Statistics up to the end of May:

  • Taken/made in excess of 923 related telephone calls.
  • More than 135 individual shopping or prescription collections.
  • More than 307 repeat shopping or prescription collections.
  • ‘Listening Helpline’ – 7 volunteers having made over 162 telephone calls

 

Some volunteers have now removed themselves from the register because they have had to return to work and others that were not being given any volunteer jobs are taking their place.  However, the time will come soon when we will get together with Richard to discuss how we see this going forward or indeed whether there is any need to continue.

Recognition has been made here:   https://ocm.wiltshire.gov.uk/southwestwiltshire/mere-support-for-residents-during-pandemic/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mere-support-for-residents-during-pandemic

 

We also have a mention and picture in an article in the July/August 2020 Wiltshire Life Magazine – – this can be ordered online or it is possible to buy a single copy by calling their office in Dinton: 01722 716997.

 

 

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Legionella Risk Assessments + Training

 

Some years ago, the Town Council staff had some basic training from Wessex HVAC & Plumbing on Legionella and how to carry out some risk management to help prevent legionella, particularly in the changing rooms which are our highest risk building due to the showers, water storage and thermal mixing valves.  Our own staff record weekly temperature checks and run the water for 10 minutes in the changing rooms.  However, we do not do this for any of the other buildings.  At that time Wessex also said that they would come and do an annual disinfection of the storage tanks etc.  Since then Wessex have stopped doing the legionella work and we have asked various companies to quote us.  As I mentioned earlier, due to the fact that some of our buildings have been left unused and water has been standing in the pipes, I arranged for a company to come out and disinfect the water system.  I have subsequently asked them to give us a quotation for a Risk Assessment and survey of each of the water systems in the Andy Young Pavilion, Public Toilets, Changing Rooms, Youth Club, Band Hut, Cemetery + 3 Allotment sites and give us a written report and recommendations for remedial works and a control scheme for legionella.  I have received this quotation at £775.00. This would cover The Pavilion, Public Toilets, Changing Rooms, Youth Club, Band Hut, Cemetery + 3 Allotment sites.   I have also received a quotation of £150 to provide a Legionella Awareness Session for up to 5 people at the Town Council offices (approximately 2 hours) with certification of attendance.

 

 

 

 

Insurance Claim Settlement

 

Firstly, Glen Ings put me in touch with another company who have quoted to repair/replace the windows in the chapel.  This quotation comes out at £9038.14 + VAT.  The company are suggesting that the windows should be replaced like for like as not all the windows would need replacing.  This quotation is nearly £3000 cheaper than the previous quotation we received.  Unsurprisingly, Came & Company (our insurance brokers) have confirmed that Hiscox (our insurers) are happy to cover the net cost of the second quote at £9039.14.

 

This leads me onto two more questions:

Do you want me to instruct that company to go ahead and proceed on the basis of their quotation?

Do you want me to ask them to repair/replace the east gable end window that has been missing and boarded up for some years & other windows that were not damaged in the break in?

 

Hiscox are also offering £3828.08 as a figure to replace the machinery that was stolen.  My initial quotation schedule for replacement items came in at £3862.28 so I think this is a fair figure.  Hiscox are happy to settle the claim in its entirety and based on the £9038.14 quote for the windows and £3828.08 for the machinery, net of the £250 policy excess, they are offering a payment of £12,616.28.

 

 

 

Briefing Note No. 20-20 – Housing Land Supply

 

Please see attached Briefing Note.  Having read through this briefly, I wanted to bring it to the Council’s attention as it confirms that Wiltshire Council’s inability to demonstrate a 5-year housing supply leaves us all vulnerable to development outside the defined settlement boundaries.  The Briefing Note also outlines the significance of having a Neighbourhood Plan in these situations.

 

From the last Neighbourhood Plan meeting that was held with newly interested people, it seemed clear that no-one was interested in taking on the role of Chairman and no-one was interested in taking on the role of Secretary.  It seems to me, therefore, that the possibility of a Neighbourhood Plan for Mere in the near future is looking very unlikely.

 

 

 

Brick Wall alongside Pennybank Lane

 

You may recall that a couple of years ago one of our councillors noticed that part of the brick wall along Pennybank Lane had been removed and replaced with a fence.  Upon enquiry, it seemed that Mr. James Chalk, who had purchased the house alongside Pennybank Lane, had removed the wall because it was leaning and replaced it with a fence.  When I spoke to Mr. Chalk he did point out that he had kept the bricks and if we wanted to rebuild the wall, we could get the bricks back.    I don’t think that the Council ever made any decision on this and I have now received an email from Gilyard Scarth Letting Agents stating that the bricks are currently still in the garden of the house and as they haven’t heard anything from us, can they assume that the bricks are no longer required?

 

 

DELEGATED DECISION REPORT – 9TH June 2020

 

  1. Legionella Risk Assessments + Training – it was agreed that the Clerk should instruct the company to carry out the legionella risk assessment on the basis of the quotation provided and also to arrange for Legionella Awareness Session training to take place as soon as possible.

 

  1. Insurance Claim Settlement – It was agreed that the settlement figures were fair and that the Town Council should accept the offer to settle the insurance claim. With regards to the chapel windows, it was agreed to instruct the contractors to repair/replace the windows as they were and also to replace the window on the eastern gable end and any others that need work (subject to this not being too overpriced) so that the building can be brought back into use for some purpose.

 

  1. Briefing Note No. 20-20 – Housing Land Supply –Members noted that the Briefing Note confirmed that Wiltshire Council’s inability to demonstrate a 5-year housing supply at the present time leaves us all vulnerable to development outside the defined settlement boundaries and that the Briefing Note also outlined the significance of having a Neighbourhood Plan in these situations. With regards to the Mere Neighbourhood Plan, it was agreed that the Clerk should write to existing steering group members to suggest that an article should be published in Mere Matters with a statement to say that we feel unable to progress with the Mere Neighbourhood Plan because, although we have keen volunteer support, we do not have anyone who is prepared to take on the key roles of Chairman and Secretary which are necessary to drive this project forward.  We therefore feel that there is no alternative than to suspend the Mere Neighbourhood Plan.

 

  1. Brick Wall alongside Pennybank Lane – The Clerk confirmed that she hadn’t received any complaints from members of the public relating to the replacement of a fence instead of the brick wall. However, the brick wall was attractive and the bricks do belong to the Town Council & it may be that during some time in the future we would like to repair or replace the wall.   Old Gillingham brick is actually quite difficult and expensive to get hold of and I would suggest that, if we can find somewhere to store the bricks, we should arrange to collect them, remove from site and store them.  (We do have a store of old Mere stone from a wall at the cemetery at Wood Farm).  Members agreed that if the bricks can be removed and stored then the Town Council should collect them and store for safe keeping.

 

  1. Allotments – Application to erect a polytunnel (15ft X 15ft) at Southbrook Allotments – It was agreed to approve the erection of the polytunnel.

 

 

  1. Planning Applications:

 

Applilcation Ref:               20/03827/VAR

Application for:                 Variation of Condition

Proposal:                             Removal of condition 2 of S/2006/1537 (relating to the use of the lambing

shed only between January & April)

At:                                          Dews Pasture, Burton Farm, Mere.  BA12 6BR

 

The Clerk explained that this barn was the subject of a recent Part Q Conversion application which was refused.  The variation relates to an original planning condition relating to its period of use that was applied in the first place to ensure that the effect on neighbouring properties was minimised.  Neighbours have confirmed that the barn has been used for cattle rearing all year round.  The Clerk wondered why, if the barn has been used for cattle all year round for so long, it had now become necessary to remove the condition attached to the original planning permission.  However, she did not see this as grounds for refusal.  Councillors concurred.

Delegated decision – No objection.

 

 

Application Ref:                20/04076/TCA

Application for:                 Work to Trees in a Cons. Area

Proposal:                             T2 – T5 – Leylandii – Reduce in height down to 2.5 metres

T6 – Reduce in height to 2.5 metres

T7 – reduce inheight to 2.5 metres

T8/T9 Remove

At:                                          The Quarterjack, Castle Street, Mere.  BA12 6JF

Delegated decision – No objection.

 

 

Application Ref:                20/03877/OUT

Application for:                 Outline Planning

Proposal:                             Reserved matters for layout, appearance, scale and landscaping for the

access road only pursuant to outline planning permission 18/05138/OUT for

a mix of B1 & B8 uses comprising approximately 10,000m² of floorspace,

associated works and provision of access from the 303 Interchange site and

Hill Brush Factory (all other matters reserved).

At:                                          Land Adjacent to Dead Maid Quarry Industrial Estate, Mere.  BA12 6LA

It was felt that this Outline Application was to approve the reserved matters relating to the entrance road which would make further development of the site possible.

Delegated decision – No objections

 

 

Application Ref:                20/04103/FUL

Application for:                 Full Planning

Proposal:                             Erection of a detached two storey 2-bed dwelling and creation of a new

vehicular access with associated parking and garden

At:                                          Holmby, North Road, Mere.  BA12 6HP

The Clerk raised concerns about positioning, height and overall design of the house.  Also raised concerns about access and whether or not the off-site parking was adequate and achievable.  She felt that it may not be possible to get a vehicle into the first parking space and that this would result in a blocked driveway and cars out on the road which was already congested & suggested that this application should be considered by Full Council.   Cllr. Jordan concurred and said that the biggest issue would be access.  If cars are parked it will be impossible to drive in without a very wide entrance.  Cllr. Mitchell agreed that the full council should make the decision and expressed concern about parked cars on North Road.  The Chairman declared an interest.

Delegated decision – take this to Full Council for decision.

 

Application Ref:                20/04025/FUL

Application for:                 Full Planning

Proposal:                             Proposed ground floor rear extension, floor plan redesign and all associated works at Butts Paddock, Southbrook

At:                                          Butts Paddock, Southbrook, Mere.  BA12 6BG

The Clerk said that she didn’t think that the proposed would affect any neighbours.  Councillors agreed.

Delegated decision – Support

 

 

  1.  Payments – Delegated decision – The Chairman declared an interest in this matter and expressed no opinion.  Other Councillors were happy to approve the payment schedule attached and the Clerk authorised to make electronic payments.

 

  1. Decision on future meetings – Since relaxation of lockdown measures and given the fact that some Full Council decisions need to be made soon, it was agreed that a Council meeting should be held on 6th July as long as it meets within government guidelines and that the Clerk should write to all councillors giving them a choice as to whether they would prefer to hold the meeting either outside (if weather permits) or in the foyer at Duchy Manor or in the Andy Young Pavilion but with seats set 2m apart, or via Zoom or via another remote means.

Agenda

Dear Councillors,

 

Your attendance is requested for a meeting of the Town Council to be held on Monday, 2nd March 2020 at 7.30 p.m. in The Andy Young Pavilion, Springfield Road, Mere, BA12 6EW

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Lindsey Wood,

Town Clerk & RFO

AGENDA

 

  1. Public Session

Members of the public are invited to address the Council on any issue over which it has a power. This session will be limited to 15 minutes (3 minutes per speaker). The Chairman will convene the Town Council meeting after the public session (please note that once the meeting has been convened 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.

  1. Apologies – To receive apologies for absence

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Minutes – to approve Minutes of Town Council meeting held on Monday, 3rd February 2020.

 

  1. Matters Arising
  2. a) Railway Modellers Club Insurance Valuation
  3. b) VE Day Celebrations
  4. c) Water bottle refilling station – Cllr. J. Jordan

 

 

  1. Reports & Consultations
  2. a) Neighbourhood Policing Report
  3. b) County Councillor’s report

 

  1. Planning
  2. a) Applications: (All applications can be viewed on Wiltshire Council’s website http://planning.wiltshire.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/ApplicationSearch.aspx – and type in the relevant application number)

 

Application Ref:          20/00424/FUL

Application for:           Full Planning

Proposal:                     To convert the 1 bedroom annexe into a 2 bed cottage using the

double garage space below the annexe property.

At:                                Yew Glen House, Annexe, Castle Street, Mere.  BA12 6JE

 

Application Ref:          20/00444/FUL

Application for:           Full Planning

Proposal:                     Single storey side and rear extension

At:                                Spree, Rook Street, Mere.  BA12 6FD

 

Application Ref:          10/00661/FUL

Application for:           Full Planning

Proposal:                     Single storey rear extension

At:                                Birchlea, Boar Street, Mere.  BA12 6DD

 

Application Ref:          20/00787/FUL

Application for:           Full Planning

Proposal:                     First Floor extension to side of property

At:                                Barn Cottage, Wellhead, Mere.  BA12 6EH

 

Application Ref:          20/01141/HRN

Application for:           Hedgerow Removal Notice

Proposal:                     Removal and reinstatement of hedgerows

At:                                Burton, Mere.

 

*b) Protocol for dealing with developers in respect of pre-planning application developments (per NALC legal advice LCR Summer 2015)

*c) Wiltshire Council’s Spatial Planing – Green Infrastructure and Open Space collaboration & Household Survey

 

  1. Highways, Rivers, Footpaths, Traffic & Transport
  2. a) Update on issues for MyWiltshire Reporting App, jobs for Parish Steward (10th & 11th March), jobs for Sparkle Team visit (16th – 19th March) + identification of new issues & jobs relating to streetscene, highways and footpaths.
  3. b) To set up Advisory Group to research and carry out community engagement on future Parking and Waiting Restriction requests. (deferred from last meeting)

*c) Request to extend 30mph speed limit along Shaftesbury Road – Mr. D. Clowser

 

  1. Buildings, Open Spaces, Play Areas, Sports Grounds, Car Parks, Allotments & Cemeteries,

 

  1. Finance, Policy & Resources

*a) Payments – to approve payments set out in payment schedules attached

  1. b) Resolution for Chairman & Vice Chairman to sign Legal Side Agreement relating to S.106 contributions for Woodlands Road development and the provision of off-site facilities and open space in Mere.
  2. c) To set date & working group members to review and assess the effectiveness of internal control measures
  3. d) CATG Scheme – Dropped Kerbs on Clements Lane
  4. e) Website Accessibility requirements – quotations for creation of website to meet statutory requirements

*f) Internal auditors report on interim internal audit carried out 25th February 2020.

  1. g) Application for fingerpost sign grant – to replace fingerpost sign at Barrow Street Lane/Charnage junction

*h) Hills Waste Collection Price Review

*i) Action Plan for pending Town Council projects

 

  1. General Items & Consultations
  2. a) Annual Town Meeting
  • Date & Venue of Meeting (Grove Building booked for Wednesday 22nd April 2020)
  • Programme for meeting & Agenda
  1. WALC Newsletter – February 2020

*c) The Great British Spring Clean 2020

  1. d) Coronavirus – Advice & Information, Risk Assessments & Emergency Planning?

 

  1. Future agenda items

 

For Information Only

*Briefing Notes:

Briefing Note No. 20-09 – Changes to Kerbside Recycling Collections

Briefing Note No. 20-10 – A summary of the governments £220m “better deal for bus users” and how to make

`                               suggestions for improved or enhanced bus services in Wiltshire

Briefing Note No. 20-11 – Working in partnership with Town & Parish Councils

 

Forthcoming meetings/events

  1. Employment & Careers Event – Wednesday, 18th March 2020 between 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm at The Nadder Centre, Weaveland Road, Tisbury SP3 6HJ
  2. South West Wiltshire Area Board Meeting – Wednesday, 18th March 2020 at 5.30 p.m. at The Nadder Centre, Weaveland Road, Tisbury SP3 6HJ
  3. Highways Meeting – Monday, 18th May 2020 between 1900 hrs to 2100 hrs (venue to be advised)
  4. Wiltshire Council Flood Plan Workshop – Wednesday, 25th March 2020 at 7.00 pm. In the Andy Young Pavilion, Springfield Road, Mere.

 

 

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

COVID-19 Update

Coronavirus

Mere Resilience Forum

Cards are being distributed around the town. If you are not able to collect one the
information is repeated below. Download and print or just write down the details.
The system is designed for those who are forced or instructed to Self-Isolate—please
DO NOT abuse.

Mere Town Council’s – Local Resilience Forum
If you are self-isolating due to Covid-19 and need help with:

■ Prescription pickup

■ Posting mail

■ Picking up shopping

■ A friendly phone call

Just get in touch with one of our telephone co-ordinators listed below between 8.00am and 6.00pm and we will do our best to find someone nearby to help you (for free!)
This is not an alternative to the NHS or Social Services; it is simply residents trying to look after each other.

 

Name

Home Phone

Mobile

Ann Rich

01747 861493

07413 512023

Isabel Page

01747 860297

 

Jane Batten

01747 860583

 

Joanne King

 

07740 858923

Julie Norris

 

07503 525954

Mary Wilson

01747 229609

07550 076240

Rachael Hansford

01747 860168

07989 470278

Rose Heesom

 

07791 559674

Roy Beavis

 

07878 903178

 

If you are self-isolating and have absolutely no other family, friends or neighbours who can help you, then please  contact  one  of  these  between the hours of 8.00am – 6.00pm.

If you can volunteer in any way or wish to make any comment then please contact:
Richard Jefferies
01747 863425
07950 797273 rajefferies@btinternet.com

 

 


Mere Town Council is liaising with Mere Surgery and other local bodies and organisations to try and co-ordinate some kind of useful assistance, help and support for the community during the coronavirus situation.  One of the problems is that information is changing daily and so we will post links on our website www.merewilts.org to the official sites that keep their information updated.  We will also post useful advice that we have acquired on how members of the community can help friends and neighbours.  Being aware that some vulnerable people in Mere may not be on Facebook or on the internet at all, we are dropping leaflets through doors in some locations.

Useful links:

Useful contact numbers:
NHS 111 – only call 111 if you cannot get help online
Education queries – phone the Department for Education on 0800 046 8687
Wiltshire Council – 0300 456 0100

We need YOUR help during the Coronavirus Outbreak!

 

Mere Town Council’s – Local Resilience Forum responds to Covid-19.

We have now established 2 registers of volunteers:
A short list of telephone co-ordinators  – these will be the first points of contact for those who are self-isolating to contact if they need help with prescription collections, shopping etc. These volunteers will in turn identify the nearest person on the 2nd volunteer register and contact them to see if they can offer assistance. 

Postcards with the names and numbers of the telephone coordinators will be distributed throughout the town in the shops, post office etc this weekend. 
The April edition of Mere Matters (hopefully in the shops by Friday 27th March) will be a rather different one from normal and will include up to date information, more details of Mere’s response to Covid-19 and a further printed copy of the post cards. 
Through yet another group of volunteers, we are hoping to get this copy of Mere Matters hand delivered to every household in Mere (1700 copies).   It would help these volunteers considerably if you could sanitise or disinfect your letter boxes please – just a sensible precaution.

The support plan seems to be gaining momentum and we hope it will be all fully operational shortly. 
Volunteers have already carried one or two tasks for those in need.  We anticipate that the volunteer register will be continually updated with new people asking to help and others possibly asking to opt out.  
Thank you to all the lovely people of Mere.

You can contact me through email:  editor@merematters.co.uk.

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