Category: Coronavirus

Defer paying council tax and business rates until June due to COVID-19

To support people as much as possible during the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Wiltshire Council has confirmed that no resident or business in Wiltshire will have to pay council tax or business rates until June 2020 if they are struggling.

Any resident wishing to defer paying their council tax in April and May 2020, instead of the normal scheduled payment break in February and March 2021, can contact the council and this will be arranged.

Similarly, businesses who also wish to defer business rates payments for two months, and not pay in April and May, can also arrange that by contacting the council.

For anyone wishing to do this, the council will freeze direct debit payments, so people do not need to contact their bank to arrange.

People should call 0300 456 0109 or email counciltax@wiltshire.gov.uk to request the council tax deferral, and call 01249 706290 or email businessrates@wiltshire.gov.uk for business rates deferral.

These will be taken at face value and there will be no vetting of anyone wishing to defer payments for April and May 2020.

For those who choose to defer, payments will resume in June 2020 and will be taken over the 10 months from June 2020 to March 2021. For those that pay annually, they can still do this. Those that make manual payments can also continue to do this if they wish, but they will need to contact the council if they want the April and May payment break.

Working age residents who benefit from the current Council Tax Support Scheme will receive an additional reduction to their bill in line with the government’s hardship fund criteria. Those households eligible for this reduction will automatically be re-billed.

These changes are for the Wiltshire Council local authority area.

Businesses in Mere operating during the Coronavirus Lockdown

We hope this list will be a useful resource during this period. Please help us keep it updated by emailing any changes to jenni@sugarweb.co.

The Angel Corner Tearoom

Place your order by phone (01747 860 524)  for a variety of freshly baked goods as well as flour and yeast. Collection or deliveries can be arranged.

Co-op

Product Restrictions: only 2 units per customer allowed. 10 people allowed in at any one time.

Monday to Saturday: 9.30am – 10. 30am and Sunday: 11am  – 12 is a dedicated hour for the elderly, NHS, Social Care, Emergency Services and the vulnerable.

Closing time is 8pm

Dogwise Training School Shop

The shop is open only on Saturday mornings between 10am and 12 noon. Only one person is allowed in the shop at any one
time. Deliveries can be arranged by contacting 07807486377

Jane Batten – Neal’s Yard Consultant

Jane supplies the Neal’s Yard Remedies range of products and can deliver locally in an agreed and mutually acceptable manner. This includes soaps, hand creams and hand sanitiser among other necessary items.

Jeans Electrical – The Chapel Showroom

Although there is no face to face contact, internet orders can be placed 24 hours a day via www.jeanselectrical.co.uk or contact by telephone at 01747 860215 – Monday to Saturday from 8.30am – 5.30pm.

Mere Dental Practice

The practice has temporarily closed for face to face treatments. They do however operate an Emergency Telephone Consultation service for patients with severe pain and facial swelling during this period of closure. If you urgently need assistance, please call 01747860365 or 07988221993.

Mere Pharmacy

Only 3 people are allowed into the pharmacy at a time.

  • Open from 9am – 12 and 2pm to 5.30pm.
  • Saturday: 9am – 1pm.
  • Closed on Sunday.

Due to the exceptionally high volume of prescriptions, please allow at least 5 working days before you attend the pharmacy to collect repeat medication.

Mere Surgery

Although the surgery remains open for normal opening hours, the entrance door is closed from 12pm – 2pm daily. This is to allow for a staff briefing session. The door also closes at 5pm each evening. The surgery telephone lines will remain open during these times and until 6.30pm weekdays.

Mere Town Council

The Town Council Offices are currently closed to public access. They intend to keep a presence in the office and can be contacted by telephone 01747 860701 or email lindseywood@merewilts.org. There is an intercom between the office and the outside entrance to the building.

Pete Davie Butcher

  • Closed on Mondays
  • Tuesday: 8.30am  – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm
  • Wednesday: 8.30 – 1pm
  • Thursday: 8.30am  – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm
  • Friday: 8.30am  – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm.
  • Saturday: 8.30am – 2pm

Sprout & Flower

Sprout & Flower is open from: Monday – Saturday: 8am – 2pm
Only visit if you are fit & healthy. Only 1 person will be allowed in the shop at a time.
Contactless payments only. No cash.

The Walnut Tree Pub

The Walnut Tree run a ring and collect or local delivery service, providing a selection of  firm favourites for you to enjoy at home. This is served from 5pm – 8pm Thursday,  Friday and Saturdays and on Sunday they offer a fantastic roast dinner service.

Waltons of Mere and the Post Office

  • Open from 8am – 1pm.
  • Only 2 people are allowed in at a time.

Yapp Brothers Wine Merchants

The Yapp Brothers premises continues to be closed to all public. They do still accept and dispatch online orders.

If you are in enforced self-isolation and have no-one else to assist you to collect prescriptions, shopping etc then do contact the Mere Local Resilience Forum

Mere Local Resilience Forum

Mere Local Resilience Forum (MLRF)
Coronavirus (Covid-19)

We have a MERE HELP system now up and running.

Information cards are being circulated in the first instance via all the shops and amenities which remain open – the Co-op IS open. Whilst we are producing more cards, you can also take the details from here.

If you are in enforced self-isolation and have no-one else to assist you to collect prescriptions, shopping etc then do contact anyone on the Telephone Co-ordinator list below.

If you are self-isolating and have absolutely no other family, friends or neighbours who can help you, then please contact one of these between the hours of 8.00am – 6.00pm.

Once you have registered with one co-ordinator please do not phone any of the others.

If you can volunteer in any way or wish to make any comment then please contact:
Richard Jefferies on: 01747 863425, 07950 797273 or  rajefferies@btinternet.com