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Agenda for Town Council meeting to be held 12.4.21

Mere Town Council

Town Clerk – Mrs. L. C. Wood

Duchy Manor,

Springfield Road,




BA12 6EW

Phone: 01747 860701


8th April 2021

Mere Town Council meeting, Monday 12th April 2021 at 6.00 p.m. via Zoom.US


This meeting will be held in accordance with s.78 of the Coronavirus Act 2020,  The Local Authorities Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authorities and Crime Panels Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020.


The 2020 Regulations enable local councils to hold remote meetings (including by video and telephone conferencing) for a specified period until May 2021.


Public Participation

Due to the current government coronavirus response, the Town Council will be meeting online.  Members of the public who wish to join the meeting to submit their questions or comments under  ‘Public Session’ should  contact the Clerk in advance of the meeting via email on  The Clerk will then send out the meeting ID and passcode.


Online Meeting Arrangements

The Chairman will host the meeting, attendees will be muted and councillors invited to speak in turn at each agenda item.  Councillors may raise their hand to indicate that they wish to speak at other times.  Voting will be taken in turn as directed by the Chairman and should be by the response ‘In Favour’, ‘Against’ or ‘Abstain’. The decision and summary of votes will be read back before moving to the next item.


All attendees should try to join the meeting at least 5 minutes prior to the start of the meeting to allow for any connection problems.


Lindsey Wood,

Town Clerk & RFO



  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.

(a) 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.

(b) To consider any dispensation requests received by the Town Clerk.


  1. Minutes – To approve Minutes of Town Council meeting held on Monday, 1st March 2021 and Minutes of extra Town Council meeting held on Monday, 29th March 2021.



  1. Matters Arising
  2. a) Update on activities at The Old Nursery site, Burton


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



Application No. 21/01867/FUL
Application type: Full Planning
Proposal: Erect single storey extension and replace fence to part boundary
Site address: Elveston, Ivy Mead, Mere.  BA12 6EN



Application No. 21/02067/FUL
Application type: Full Planning
Proposal: Erect agricultural workers dwelling
Site address: Whitehill Farm, Swainsford, Mere.  BA12 6JU



Application No. PL/2021/03491
Application type: Notification of proposed works to trees in a conservation area
Proposal: T1 – Poplar tree – pollard at 4m

T2 & T3 – Ash trees – fell

Site address: Rose Cottage, Wellhead, Mere.  BA12 6EH



Application No. 20/11632/FUL
Application type: Full Planning
Proposal: Construction of a wooden shed at rear of the garden
Site address: 1 Spring Terrace, Waterside, Mere.  BA12 6EF


  1. Reports & Consultations
  2. a) To receive and consider report from Wiltshire Councillor


  1. Highways, Rivers, Footpaths, Traffic & Transport

*a) To consider request for replacement road name signs (please see report attached)

  1. b) To identify jobs for the Parish Steward, Sparkle Team or MyWiltshire reports



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

*a) Dog fouling in public spaces – letter and suggestions from Mr. Bill Coltham

*b) Refurbishment of Tennis courts

*c) Application for fee-paying sporting activity in Recreation Ground – Tai Chi Classes


  1. Finance, Policy & Resource

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


  1. General Items & Briefing Notes


  1. Forthcoming elections & pre-election period (purdah)


  1. Forthcoming meetings/events





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