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Chairman’s Report January 2024

I hope that this finds you well and having realised, like me, some of your resolutions for the new year but with still more to do.  This is true for Mere Town Council also, where our biggest resolution is setting the budget for the coming year and the precept.   My thanks to our Vice Chair and the budget committee for carefully balancing the demands of ever higher prices for what the council needs and what it hopes to achieve against the cost to residents through their council tax. The whole council adopted the recommendation made by the committee.

On a personal note, I had the pleasure of joining 83 other walkers on New Years Day taking part in the New Year New Bottom walk.  As well as local walkers, I met people from the three local counties and hope that the experience brings them back to Mere to enjoy our town and its marvellous setting.  My thanks to the team who served up a refreshing drink at the end of the walk and to George Jeans for taking photos while walking and getting Mere some more publicity.

While the weather has been drier but colder our groundskeeping staff have been installing pathways to extend the cemetery.  We are fortunate to have staff who can do this ‘in house’ which means a considerable saving.  There is still much to do but we will have, eventually, quite a large cemetery with an entrance in keeping with the ‘old cemetery’ and certainly fitting for the people of Mere.

Wiltshire Council have shown some residents of Lynch Close a first draft of plans for Fives Court.  I am hoping that their plans will be available in the very near future, for the rest of the community to see how this asset will be developed and how it will serve the people of Mere.

You may be aware that 6th June 2024 marks the Commemoration/Celebration of the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day landings on the five Beaches in Normandy, France, which took place on 6th June 1944.  The Town Council will be considering how it may pay ‘tribute’ to the many, many thousands that sacrificed so much in helping to secure the freedom we all enjoy today.   We would welcome any suggestions, involvement and volunteer participation from community members on how we might commemorate this event.

Finally, a resident has written in asking for others to bring their various bins back into their own property after collection.  This is a good request – we do need collections but we don’t need to have our public spaces filled with bins for the rest of the week.  If you know you are going to be away, ask your neighbour to put your bins out and bring them back in for you. My thanks in advance for doing this small bit to make our town a more pleasant place.

John Jordan

Chairman, Mere Town Council

for information on Town Council activities, minutes, agendas, etc lindseywood@merewilts.org 860701 merewilts.org

 

Avian Influenza November 2022

Following a UK-wide increase in the number of detections of Avian Influenza (bird flu) in wild birds and on commercial premises, last week the Chief Veterinary Officers from England, Scotland and Wales declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) across Great Britain to mitigate the risk of the disease spreading amongst poultry and captive birds.

It is now a legal requirement for all bird keepers in Great Britain to follow strict biosecurity measures to help protect their flocks from the threat of Avian Influenza.

Mandatory housing measures for all poultry and captive birds are to be introduced to all areas of England from 00.01 on Monday 7 November 2022, following a decision by the United Kingdom’s Chief Veterinary Officer.

More information about the housing order can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/avian-influenza-housing-order-to-be-introduced-across-england

People should not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick wild birds that they find. They should call the DEFRA helpline on 03459 33 55 77 if they find one or more dead bird of prey or owl; three or more dead gulls or wild waterfowl (swans, geese and ducks); five or more dead birds of any species.

Recruitment of Firefighters in Mere

FIREFIGHTERS NEEDED IN YOUR COMMUNITY

If you live or work in Mere or the surrounding area, have you thought about being an on-call firefighter?

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is currently recruiting for the fire station in White Road, and the recruitment team will be out and about in the local area during the w/c 13 June – so look out for them!

There are also plans for a ‘Have a Go’ event at the fire station, and details will be on their Facebook page once confirmed – www.facebook.com/DWFRSMereFireStation

When the pager goes off, an on-call firefighter can be called to a wide range of incidents, such as fires, road traffic collisions, rescues from height or water, animal rescue or flooding.

In addition, Mere is a co-responder station, where firefighters can opt to support the ambulance service by attending medical emergencies ahead of a paramedic arriving.

If you want to support your community, learn new skills and earn additional income, get in touch! Look out for the team next week, visit www.dwfire.org.uk/on-call-firefighters, email oncallsupportofficers@dwfire.org.uk or leave a message on the 24-hour recruitment line, 01722 691444.