Solution proposed to Darkey Lane footpath

Solution proposed to Darkey Lane footpath

As many residents will know, the footpath alongside the Brue from Darkey Lane towards Brewham has been of a great deal of concern since the landowner put up “Private” signs a few months ago.

The path across that field has been in use for many years, but is not a Public Footpath. The route came in to use after the old path – still marked on Ordnance Survey maps – became impassable following the demolition of a bridge over the river on the site of a now removed weir. However it was never legally moved so the landowner was within their rights to not allow access.

After discussions between the landowner and Somerset County Council, encouraged by Bruton Town Council, an agreement has been reached to adopt a new Public Footpath on the south bank of the Brue, restoring access to Brewham. The new route will require some work to make the path wide and safe.

The detailed route is:

The path will start from a new kissing gate on Darkey Lane at the southern end of the bridge over the River Brue (point A on the attached plan) and will run over a 4 metre pedestrian bridge and on in a generally east north easterly direction for approximately 115 metres to a 1 metre gap in the hedge at point C.  The path will then run along the southern bank of the River Brue in a generally north easterly direction for approximately 55 metres where shuttering and fencing will be installed in the river bank at point D. The path will then continue in the same general direction for a further 70 metres to point E where a sleeper bridge (with hand rail) will be installed and then in a generally easterly direction for approximately 15 metres where some steps will be cut into the bank at point F. From there it will run in the same general direction to a new 4 metre pedestrian bridge at point G. Clearance works will be carried out to create a width of 2 metres throughout apart from the sections over the pedestrian bridges (1 metre), sleeper bridge (0.5 metres) and at a few pinch points such as the section at D where a minimum of 1.5 metres will be available.

Somerset County Council are now seeking feedback on this proposal; you can send your comments by e-mail to or write to:

Stuart Lloyd, Somerset County Council, Rights of Way – PP B2S 1, County Hall, Taunton TA1 4DY

Police Commissioner looks for feedback

The Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) covering Bruton,  Sue Mountstevens, is looking for feedback on the policing priorities for our area via a questionnaire.

A key part of the role of the PCC is to set the Police and crime priorities for the area in the Police and Crime Plan.

The new plan will cover the period 1 October 2016 to 31 March 2021 with regular updates during the term. Once adopted, this plan will replace the current one.

This consultation on the priorities, which will run from 24 June 2016 to 30 August 2016, is an important part of the process as it enables the PCC to hear your views and be your voice in policing.

Sue Mountstevens said: “I want people in the communities of Avon and Somerset to be safe and to feel safe. I want them to have confidence in the police. I want to be assured that the most vulnerable people in our communities are protected and supported, and that local policing is able to meet the needs of victims as well as prevent crime effectively. Where people are victims of crime, I want them to receive the support they need, and for their experience of the criminal justice system to be a positive one.”

Complete the questionnaire here:

New site has Somerset roadworks information

New site has Somerset roadworks information

Somerset County Council has recently launched a new traffic and travel website –

This runs alongside the @TravelSomerset Twitter account, which provides live updates from the Council’s traffic control team.

The aim of Travel Somerset is to improve how we tell people about what’s happening on the roads in Somerset – from planned roadworks and public events to unplanned incidents, accidents or congestion.

The website provides updates 24/7 and also has a searchable map showing current and future roadworks. You can sign up for travel alerts or subscribe for emails about roadworks in an area of your choice.

The new website also has information about public transport, cycling and walking, and will be developed and improved over time.

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.


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





Cuckoo Hill 20/9/15





Cole Road, Pitcombe 6/10/15





Hauser & Wirth 1/11/15





Sexey’s School 14/11/15





Cuckoo Hill 28/11/15





Shute Lane 20/12/15





Pitcombe 3/1/16





Hauser & Wirth 16/01/16



39 58
Shute Lane 27/02/16





Pitcombe * 19/03/16





Shute Lane 31/03/16





Sexey’s School 16/04/16 1319 50 35



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