Long-awaited 20mph zone arrives in Bruton

Long-awaited 20mph zone arrives in Bruton

The narrow town centre streets are now a 20mph zone, with crews putting in the signage over the next few days.

First mooted over 20 years ago, many residents have been calling for a reduced limit for some time. Two years ago the Town Council agreed to fund its installation if there was a demand. Following consultations including a public meeting in 2015 it was decided to go ahead; Somerset County Council did a further round of consultation earlier this year, and the proposal was overwhelmingly approved.

To emphasise the reasons for reducing the limit, the Town Council held a competition with Bruton Primary School, supported by the Bruton Area Street Improvement Initiative, for local children to design pictures to be added to the signs. We hope you agree they look great!


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 slloyd1@somerset.gov.uk or write to:

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

New site has Somerset roadworks information

New site has Somerset roadworks information

Somerset County Council has recently launched a new traffic and travel website – www.travelsomerset.co.uk.

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.