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.

Benchmarking

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).

Design and Photography: MarkPickthall.com

Help save Man on Bench for Bruton!

Help save Man on Bench for Bruton!

Man on Bench has been on loan to the Town Council for the past two years through the generosity of his maker Giles Penny. Giles needs to cover his costs, so if Man on Bench is to stay the town now urgently needs to raise the funds to keep him.

The Town Council does not have the legal power to purchase works of art (though it may own them). We are exploring other avenues (such as grants) to raise some of the money, but we also need your help if Man on Bench is to stay.

We have set a target of £12,500 to be raised by 15 October 2017. If you want to help please go to the Crowdfunding page. You will not have to pay unless the target is reached.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/our-friend-man-on-bench?fref=gc&dti=759549577500461

 

99% recommend a visit to Bruton!

99% recommend a visit to Bruton!

Earlier this year we interviewed 103 people in the High Street, using a standard set of questions which were compared with the answers given in other towns. People in Bruton were extremely positive about the town: 99% said they would recommend a visit to the town. In other comparable towns only 66% recommended a visit.

People were more positive about Bruton in other ways too. Customer service scored highly, as did the range of restaurants and cafes. You can read more about what we found, find out what our businesses think of the town, and find out how our car parking compares by following this link.

You’ve had your say! This is what you told us

You’ve had your say! This is what you told us

After some months of number-crunching the results of the Town Plan Survey are now available. Read a Summary Report by clicking here, or to read the Full Report click here.

The highlights:

Living in Bruton

Your favourite thing about living in Bruton is the other Brutonians.

The thing that people most want to change is the traffic (too much, too fast).

82% of you read The Dove to keep up to date with what’s going on.

The community institutions are strong.

We need better banking facilities in the town.

To read more about what people said about Living in Bruton click here.

How the town looks

People want to protect the Town Centre, Jubilee Park and the Duckpond/Tolbury area from residential development (other areas were mentioned too, but these were the most popular).

People don’t really want to see any development, but if there had to be, then sites off the Frome, Cole and Brewham Roads had the most support and the least objections (some support came from people living in these areas).

The Town Council shouldn’t sit back. The Council needs to work with developers and landowners to make sure that the right housing gets built in the right place.

The right housing is small two to three bedroom houses.

People are more concerned about litter (men even more so than women) and dog mess than they are about street signs or street lighting.

There were numerous suggestions about how to improve different parts of the town. The most popular in each area were:

  • Better places to sit by and walk by the Brue
  • Speed restrictions in Wyke Champflower and Redlynch
  • Improve the Welcome to Bruton signs in the outskirts of the town
  • Wider pavements in the town centre
  • Better planting and keeping the area clean and dog-mess free were equal first for the town’s green spaces

To read more about what people said about How the Town Looks click here.

Getting around

Bruton is a town of walkers. 60% of those surveyed come in to the centre once a day or more, and 70% come in on foot. If the survey is representative of the population as a whole, about 1,000 Brutonians walk into the centre of the town every day.

Having better walking routes and wider pavements is much more important than making it easy to drive through the town.

A lot of people support the 20 mph limit (only one person said they were against it).

The Library Junction needs improving and there needs to be disabled access to the Westbound platform at the station.

There was a strong vote against introducing parking charges in the town, and on balance people were against residents’ parking permits.

To read more about what people said about Getting Around click here.

Leisure and places to go

Facilties for people with disabilities, for teenagers and for younger adults need to improve. Facilities for younger children and for adults of working age are satisfactory.

There is very strong support for the Council’s proposals to develop better sports facilities at Jubilee Park, and slightly less but still strong support for investing time and money in developing a modern multi-use community building.

The majority think that the Packhorse Fair and the Christmas Shopping night are great, and that we need more of this kind of thing. Only 1% thought these kinds of events of no benefit to the town.

The community toilet scheme was thought to be adequate, but only if it received better publicity.

We asked for suggestions about other things that could be done to improve leisure facilities in the town, and suggestions to help people enjoy the surrounding countryside:

  • A swimming pool was the most often mentioned improvement, though several pointed out that the schools had facilities that could be shared more;
  • There need to be better maps and routes which are well signed to help walkers and cyclists enjoy the countryside

To read more about what people said about Leisure and Places to Go click here.

Jobs

An estimated 360 people commute outside the town for work, but most adults of working age remain in the town during the day.

The survey suggests that quite a few people (around 80) drive to work within Bruton itself.

Over 80% of the people who answered do some or all of their food shopping in Bruton.

People wanted more shops. These need to be practical shops for local people, not more art and antiques.

Suitable accommodation at the right price was the biggest obstacle to creating more business.

To read more about what people said about Jobs click here.

Who completed the survey?

There were 355 responses, which is 33% of all the households in Bruton (though in some households more than one survey may have been completed). Over half the responses were received online.

Ages ranged from 6 to 96. More older people than might be expected completed the survey, and fewer younger people, so the survey does not give a good representation of the views of all ages.

30% of people had lived in Bruton for more than 25 years. This is the same proportion as in 2010.

Most people who moved to Bruton came because of work.

To read more about who completed the survey click here.

To find out more

Come to one of our Town Plan Live events:

10 March 7 pm The Longhouse, Mill on the Brue
12 March 9.30 am: Bruton Community Hall
13 March 7.30 pm: Bruton Community Hall
14 March 1.30 pm: Bruton Community Hall
16 March 7.30 pm: Unionist Club (tbc)
19 March 10.30 am: The Green, Cuckoo Hill

To read a summary report with the main findings of the survey click here.

To read a full report (including charts, tables and quotations from residents) click here.

You can download a spreadsheet showing all the answers to all the questions about Bruton (all questions about the person completing the survey have been removed, to prevent anybody being identified). The spreadsheet does not display well until it has been downloaded. To view the download click here.

If you want to more about how the survey was designed, and why we asked the questions that we did, click here.