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Agenda for Town Council meeting to be held on 1st March 2021

Mere Town Council

Town Clerk – Mrs. L. C. Wood

Duchy Manor,

Springfield Road,




BA12 6EW

Phone: 01747 860701


25th February 2021

Mere Town Council meeting – Monday, 1st March 2021 at 6.00 pm online at


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 the Minutes of the meetings held on Monday, 1st February 2021.


  1. Matters Arising
  2. a) Report on Wiltshire Council’s cabinet meeting on 2nd February regarding re-charge of Town & Parish Council election costs.


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


Application Ref: 21/00428/FUL
Application for: Full Planning
Proposal: Proposed new shed and driveway alterations
At: 40 North Road, Mere.  BA12 6HQ


Application Ref: 20/11413/FUL
Application for: Full Planning
Proposal: To replace and extend the roof of the property with an increased pitch to form three bedrooms and bathrooms in the roof.  Other alterations to include creating a balcony as part of the roof, the removal of the chimney and alterations to ground floor windows.
At: 3 The Paddocks, Pettridge Lane, Mere.  BA12 6DG


Application Ref: 21/00297/FUL
Application for: Full Planning
Proposal: Extension and alterations
At: 18 Lordsmead Road, Mere.  BA12 6BZ


Application Ref: 21/00115/FUL
Application for: Full Planning
Proposal: Proposed new rear conservatory
At: 7 Walnut Road, Mere.  BA12 6FG


Application Ref: 21/00458/FUL
Application for: Full Planning
Proposal: Proposed refurbishment of existing dwelling including removal of existing roof keeping the existing first floor structure, new half storey over and new roof.  Amendment to 20/01804/FUL
At: Rick Stones, Castle Hill Lane, Mere.  BA12 6JB



Application Ref: 21/00436/FUL
Application for: Full Planning
Proposal: Alterations to previously consented Part Q farm building conversion
At: Barn B, Church Farm, Wet Lane, Mere.  BA12 6BA


Application Ref: 20/11079/FUL
Application for: Full Planning
Proposal: 70 bed care home with associated access, parking, sprinkler tank, bin store and landscaping
At: Land adjacent Quarryfield Industrial Estate, Castle Street, Mere.  BA12 6LA


*b) Wiltshire Local Plan Review and Gypsy and Travellers Plan – to consider consultation response.  (Report prepared by the Clerk attached)

  1. c) Liaison with Gillingham Town Council over Dorset Local Plan vs Wiltshire Local Plan


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


  1. Highways, River, Footpaths, Traffic & Transport
  2. a) Response from Highways England regarding cyclists diversion signs.
  3. 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) To approve plans for proposed new building for Seeds4Success

*b) To consider plans for expansion of school and car parking and effects this will have on sport & leisure facilities


  1. Finance, Policy & Resources

*a) To approve and authorise payments as shown in payment schedule attached.

  1. b) To set date, time and membership for Annual Risk Assessment meeting.
  2. c) To consider quotation for Tree Condition Survey Report (re-survey)
  3. d) Report on Community Infrastructure Money received 12.1.21 – £274.97


  1. General Items, Consultations & Briefing Notes


  1. Forthcoming meetings/events

Meeting schedules for April & May owing to elections and does the Town Council wish to convene an Annual Town Meeting via Zoom?






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










Registered Charity No. 1093497

Members of Mere Town Council are sole trustees of Mere Peace Memorial Sports & Recreation Ground Charity (Mere Recreation Ground Charity). 



For Trustees to consider:


To approve plans for proposed new building for Seeds4Success