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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

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