Wanted! Assistant Town Clerk

Bruton Town Council seeks an assistant town clerk. This is a part-time post of ten hours per week on average, with some planned evening work. Salary will be NJC points 20-23, approximately £10.10 ph.

This is an interesting and surprisingly varied job, for which you will need to have a good general education, excellent communication skills and some office experience. You will also need to be self-motivated, and want to take an interest in and learn about Bruton and its community.

Amongst other duties you will assist Town Councillors and the Town Clerk with particular projects, respond to enquiries from the public and other agencies, and convene and minute meetings as required.

For more information

Download the Job Description by clicking here.

Download the Person Specification by clicking here.

For an informal discussion about the post please speak to either Cllr James Hood 07968 728959 or Kathy McCarthy, Town Clerk on 01749 813014.

To apply

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to recruitment@brutontowncouncil.gov.uk by 12.00 midday 15 November 2017. Your CV and letter, when read together, should make it clear to us how you meet the requirements of the Person Specification. Please include the names and contact details of two referees, one of whom should be your most recent employer.

Interviews will take place on 27 November 2017. If you have been invited for interview you will hear only shortly before this date. If you do not hear from us we regret that this means that you have not been shortlisted. We are a small Council and regrettably may not be able to give feedback to those who have not been shortlisted.

Bruton Town Council’s intention is to be an effective Equal Opportunities organisation.  This means it will do everything in its power to ensure that everyone has equal access, and is treated with respect, in relation to employment opportunities, to its services and to all its activities.

New Multi-use Games Area for Bruton: works to start in Jubilee Park

New Multi-use Games Area for Bruton: works to start in Jubilee Park

Work to construct the new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) at Jubilee Park will start on Monday 11 September 2017.  If everything goes to schedule and there isn’t too much torrential rain then the construction should be complete around 12 October 2017.  The MUGA can then be used, but at this stage there will be no lines as a 2-3 week period is needed for the surface to “set” before line marking can take place.  On the current schedule the MUGA will be closed for a day during the week of Monday 30 October for line marking to take place and after that it will be fully operational.

The works will inevitably bring some disruption and noise for local residents. The Town Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

The MUGA is the first part of the Town Council’s proposals to improve the facilities at Jubilee Park. The proposals, which are part of Bruton’s new Town Plan 2017, also include a new skate park (the “Bru Bowl”), upgrades to the lower pitch and the play area, and rebuilding of the pavilion. Plans for these further developments are at an outline stage, and will go ahead once funding has been secured.

Town Plan delivery update

Volunteers have now delivered the Town Plan to about 90% of the Parish. We had hoped to finish it all this weekend (1 and 2 July), but have not quite done so. We should be able to complete the rest of the Parish over the coming few days.

Areas we haven’t done yet include Redlynch and Godminster, Dropping Lane and Discove, and the whole of Park Road, Coxes Close and Plox. Apologies to people living in these areas.

The Bruton Town Plan 2017 is here!

The Bruton Town Plan 2017 is here!

Click here to download or view it now.

What is the Town Plan?

The Bruton Town Plan 2017 sets out a common understanding of what needs to happen to make Bruton an even better place in which to live and work. It has been adopted by Bruton Town Council, the Bruton Chamber of Commerce, and Bruton Community Partnership. We believe it reflects the views of those residents and businesses who contributed to our survey and those who came to our Town Plan Live events.

Why have a Town Plan?

Bruton has changed considerably over the past ten years, in ways that could not have been anticipated. Local government has changed too, with sharply reduced funds, and a much greater emphasis on decisions being taken locally. It is becoming less and less likely that the District or County Councils will be able to help Bruton. The Town Council and the local community therefore need to step in to fill the gap. A Town Plan demonstrates that the improvements that we want to make are based on thorough appraisal of the town’s needs, and that they have the support of the local community. This is essential if we are to raise the money we need to make further improvements to Bruton.


Find out more:

To learn more about anything in the following list just click the heading.

What’s not in the plan

There were a few things frequently mentioned by residents that we decided not to include in the Plan. This page explains what these things were, and why they have not been included.

Previous town plans

Includes a description of the plans that have been put together in the past 20 years, links to each of the documents and a summary of their recommendations.

The 2016 Town Plan Survey

Click this heading to find a copy of the survey itself, a full analysis of the results, a summary analysis of the results and information about how the survey was written and distributed. You can also download the full set of responses to the survey (with all identifying information removed).

The 2016 Bruton Chamber of Commerce Survey of local businesses

Read ‘Objectives and Plans for 2017’: a report written following the survey.

Town Plan Live

Reports about the Town Plan Live events at the Packhorse Fair 2016 and in March 2017, including a list of all the comments received at the Packhorse Fair.


Two reports comparing Bruton with other similar small towns.

How the plan was put together

Information about the process we used to put the Plan together, and a report about how the survey was written and distributed. Also here is information about membership of the Town Plan Steering Group, and notes of the Steering Group meetings.

What happens next, and how is the Plan to be reviewed?

Some things in the Plan (such as the Jubilee Park Development Programme) are already in progress and others (such as establishing a group to improve the River Brue and its surroundings) are being set up right now.

The Town Council, Bruton Community Partnership and the Chamber of Commerce plan to meet in September 2017 to look further at what needs to be done to make the things in the Plan happen.

We expect to review the Plan and our progress against it at least once a year after that.

The Bruton Town Plan 2017 is coming!

The Bruton Town Plan 2017 is coming!

Bruton’s new Town Plan will be launched at Bruton Community Hall on Thursday 29 June 2017, at 2.00. Turn up to find out what’s in it, or wait till the weekend when a copy should plop through your letterbox. For those who can’t wait but can’t make it the Plan will also be published on this website on the 29th (at 3.00 pm).

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