Bruton Town Plan: first chance to “Have Your Say” at the Packhorse Fair

Bruton Town Plan: first chance to “Have Your Say” at the Packhorse Fair

Steve Hall, mayor of Bruton said: “I know that people can get a bit impatient with local government, with its plans and processes. People just want things to happen. So do I.

“However, as chair of your town council I need to be sure that the council’s priorities are the town’s priorities.

“We can’t expect local residents to pay for everything, so we also need to bring money in. We can’t bring money in without a new plan, and the plan won’t be a good plan unless people contribute.”

To engage with as many people in the town as possible community figures spearheading the new town plan will be on hand at the town’s annual Packhorse Fair event to talk to the public about what they think Bruton should focus on.

Please come along and let us know what you think!

You can read more about the Town Plan on our Town Plan page.

Closure of the path from Darkey Lane to Brewham

The Town Council has become aware that the landowner of the commonly used route from Darkey Lane to Brewham is intending to close the path to all access.

This path is one of the most popular in Bruton with walkers, runners, dog owners and children, running as it does on the banks of the Brue.

The legal situation of the route is complex, as the right of way does not follow the current path because of the loss of a bridge many years ago. Restoring the bridge is unlikely to happen for the foreseeable future as Somerset County Council does not have the available funds.

Bruton Town Council is extremely concerned about the loss of an important amenity to the town, and is seeking a meeting with the landowner to explore possible options as soon as possible. We will report back when we have more information.

The latest from Bruton’s Speedwatch

By Steve Turner

Speedwatch has begun well. The teams have been monitoring speeds on Cole Rd, Frome Rd, the Plox and by the station. Other areas will follow. We have now monitored 4,227 cars in 15 sessions with 21 cars reported to the police in March and 15 cars in April. The reduction is due to the significant improvements on Cole Rd – 8 reported from 444 cars in March and 2 reported from 1,227 cars in April.

Data from our SID speed monitoring radar shows a general small reduction in speeds through the town:

  • Cole Rd Pitcombe: 81% of vehicles speeding in October reducing 5% to 76% of vehicles speeding in March
  • Cuckoo Hill 63% speeding in September reducing 9% to 54% in November
  • Sexey’s school before and after the road improvements: 62% speeding in November reducing to 50% in April

Although these are all marginal improvements, it is important to remember that a reduction of a few mph could save a life.

If you could spare 3 hours a month to support Speedwatch, please contact us via the council office for more details.

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SID radar data

 

Start Date

Average Number of Vehicles per Day Percentage of Vehicles Exceeding Speed Limit (%) 85th Percentile Speed (mph) Top Speed (mph)
Quaperlake St. 6/9/15

1504

24

32

49

Cuckoo Hill 20/9/15

906

63

35

58

Cole Road, Pitcombe 6/10/15

1102

81

42

73

Hauser & Wirth 1/11/15

589

90

44

72

Sexey’s School 14/11/15

1252

62

37

66

Cuckoo Hill 28/11/15

869

54

35

69

Shute Lane 20/12/15

588

66

37

55

Pitcombe 3/1/16

979

79

41

72

Hauser & Wirth 16/01/16

754

72

39 58
Shute Lane 27/02/16

753

68

37

61

Pitcombe * 19/03/16

1356

76

41

66

Shute Lane 31/03/16

706

67

37

59

Sexey’s School 16/04/16 1319 50 35

75

 

* NB: Pitcombe data is for vehicles entering and leaving Bruton – the SID doesn’t record whether the vehicle is approaching or leaving the SID.