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.
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.
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.
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).
Read ‘Objectives and Plans for 2017’: a report written following the survey.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
During the week of 24th April around 600 school children aged 8 – 16 years from Somerset will be learning about West African music beats, instruments and heritage as part of a World Music Residency produced by Taunton based performance company, Actiontrack and funded by Sound Foundation Somerset.
Afriquoi will lead this year’s residency. Afriquoi is a London based music collective that uses traditional West African instruments such as the Gambian kora and the Congolese guitar to create captivating and beautiful new world music. Afriquoi will be working with school children from King Arthur’s Community School, Wincanton, Ansford Academy, Castle Cary and a number of local primary schools to introduce the young people to West African instruments, music making and culture.
Nick Brace, Artistic Director of Actiontrack said,
“We are absolutely delighted to be organising this years’ residency. Weeks like this offer a
unique opportunity for children and young people from Somerset not only to be introduced to new cultures and diverse musical traditions but also to work with musicians who are at the top of their game. Afriquoi is a group musicians leading the way in reinventing and reinvigorating the world music genre. The long-term legacy and benefits of this type of residency cannot be under-estimated, this is something the participants will remember for the rest of their lives”.
This is the 2nd annual Somerset World Music Residency. Last year 800 children and young people from schools in West Somerset were introduced to modern bhangra music and instruments from the Punjab in a series of workshops delivered by The Dhol Foundation.
Schools involved in last year’s residency said,
“The children just loved it and still talk about it now. It has inspired a number of children who
took part to take up and learn a new instrument. I remember one nine year old saying after a workshop, ‘that was brilliant – they are so my favourite band now’”.
The general public will also have a chance to enjoy the sounds of Afriquoi as this year’s World Music Residency will culminate in a public performance 8pm on 28th April at Caryford Hall, Maggs Lane, Castle Cary. Tickets are £7 and can be purchased online https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/actiontrack-presents-afriquoi-tickets or by calling 01823 274673.