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Agenda for Town Council meeting to be held on Monday, 6th September 2021

Mere Town Council

Town Clerk – Mrs. L. C. Wood

Duchy Manor,

Springfield Road,




BA12 6EW

Phone: 01747 860701


1st September 2021


Dear Councillor,


You are summoned to a meeting of Mere Town Council at Duchy Manor, Springfield Road, Mere.  BA12 6EW to be held on Monday, 6th September 2021 at 7.00 pm.  The meeting will consider the items set out below.


Before the meeting there will be a public session to enable the people of Mere to ask questions of, and make comments, regarding the Town Council.  Questions not answered at this meeting will be answered in writing to the person asking the question, or may appear as an agenda item for the next meeting.  Members of the public are asked to restrict their comments, and/or questions to three minutes.

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.

Any person who may find difficulty in access to the meeting through disability is asked to advise the Clerk by email ( at least 24 hours before the meeting so that every effort may be made to provide access.

Yours sincerely,



Lindsey Wood,

Town Clerk & RFO



Public Participation 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).



  1. Apologies – To receive apologies for absence.


  1. To receive any declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests and other interests from Councillors on matters to be considered at the meeting.
  • To receive Declarations of Interest relating to matters contained in this agenda, in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972 in respect of officers and the Localism Act 2011 in respect of members.
  • To receive written 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.  The disclosure must include the nature of the interest.  If you become aware, during the course of a meeting, of an interest that has not been disclosed under this item, you must immediately disclose it.  Whether you can remain in the meeting and the extent to which you can participate depends on the type of interest you have.


  1. Minutes – To resolve that the minutes of the Town Council meeting held on 5th July 2021 be approved as a correct record. (attached)


  1. Matters Arising from previous Meetings
  2. a) Thank You Day (Minute Ref 42a)
  3. b) Carnival Fun Day on 18th September 2021 in Duchy Manor Sports Field & Recreation Ground (Minute Ref: 47a)
  4. c) Clarification on Town Council’s view on use of old Mere Swimming Pool site for school expansion car parking (Minute Ref: 47c)
  5. d) The Queens Platinum Jubilee Celebrations (Minute ref: 49a)
  6. e) Update on Wessex Water Environment Fund Grant Application for water refilling station (Minute Ref: 32d)



  1. Reports & Consultations
  2. a) Report from Wiltshire Councillor

*b) Councillors Briefing Note No. 21-12 – The Substantive Highways Scheme Fund Bid Application Process for funding in 2022/23 (attached)

*c) Councillors Briefing Note No. 21-15 – Climate Strategy & Natural Environment Plan – Consultation (attached)


  1. Planning
  2. a) Applications for consultation response – (All applications can be viewed on Wiltshire Council’s Planning & Building Control Public Register – – type in the relevant


Application No: PL/2021/07182
Application Type: Householder planning permission
Proposal: Change of use and extension of double garage to attach to existing dwelling
Site Address: Stumbledown Shaftesbury Road Mere Warminster BA12 6BH


Application No: PL/2021/07496
Application Type: Listed building consent (Alt/Ext)
Proposal: Alterations and repairs, replace existing flat-roofed dormer with two hipped roof traditional dormers, repair stonework facade and replace windows and doors


Application No: PL/2021/06674
Application Type: Full planning permission
Proposal: Erection of 2 no. detached dwellings
Site Address: Land off Downside Close Adjacent to 1 Old Hollow, Mere, Wilts


Application No: PL/2021/07746
Application Type: Householder planning permission
Proposal: Siting of mobile home as ancillary accommodation.
Site Address: The Stables, Bramley Hill, Mere, Warminster, BA12 6JX


Application No: PL/2021/07692
Application Type: Full planning permission
Proposal: Amendments to approved scheme 20/02840/FUL (Replacement dwelling) and proposed detached garage
Site Address: Midstone House, Mere, BA12 6AT


  1. Highways, Rivers, Footpaths, Traffic & Transport

*a) Request for re-assessment of speed limit along Shaftesbury Road with a view to amending the 40 mph intermediate limit to a 30 mph limit

*b) Traffic Survey Request Form for speed limit reviews on Castle Street

*c) Traffic Regulation Order Application (waiting restriction for ‘Lordsmead Lane’ [off Pettridge Lane])


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

*a) Report on meetings held in July & August 2021 to discuss priorities for new cemetery & cemetery extension (attached)

*b) Request to adopt a re-wilding policy and limit grass cutting at Kingsmere Open Space

*c) Tower Clock – Quotation to fit new drive motor & capacitor and refit the strike auto winding motor.


  1. Finance, Policy & Resources

*a)  Payments – To review and authorise schedule of payments (attached)

*b) To approve Budget/Expenditure Report at 31.7.21 (attached)

*c) Mere Bowls Club – Request for £200 grant funding to help support SWW Area Board Grant application

*d) Changing Places Fund – the Changing Places Fund will invest up to £30 million over 3 financial years from 2021/22 to increase the number of Changing Places toilets in existing buildings in England that are accessible to the public.

*e) Community Ownership Fund – the government is providing £150 million over four years to support community groups across the UK to take ownership of assets and amenities at risk of closure, sale, neglect or dereliction

  1. f) Suggested terms for lease of ground floor premises at Duchy Manor Building
  2. g) Receipt of CIL funding (£323.98) from Development 20/02840/FUL – Midstone House (Warminster Hollow)
  3. h) Suggestion that Mere Town Council uses CIL receipts received so far (£598.95) towards expenditure necessary to create cemetery extension.

*i) Suggestions for expenditure of S.106 funding


  1. General Items


  1. Future meetings and events


  1. Future agenda items
  2. a) Collate consultation response to Wiltshire Council’s draft ‘Climate Strategy’ and ‘Our Natural Environment Plan’.


  1. Confidential Business
  2. a) Workshop Compound Issues



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 in Clerks Report or enclosed/attached