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.
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.
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.
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.
Wider pavements in the High St would lead to deliveries to the High St businesses blocking the road more often than is currently the case. To the many of us that live on the Burrowfield side of town and have to drive through the High St to get home that would be unacceptable and an unnecessary reason to be delayed. Blockages are to frequent as it is.
Wider pavements in the High St would mean improved safety for people on foot, including the hundreds of school children in the town. It could well lead to decreased traffic by encouraging more people to get out of their cars and walk for shorter journeys. Less cars means improved air quality for all of us. I think any minor delays that might be caused to people who choose to drive are a small price to pay for healthier, safer streets for those who don’t.
Well done everyone that took the time to take part and well done bruton council for a proactive survey and listening to the suggestions from the people that matter most the residents of the town we now have a town that is ready to head forward into the future with constructive ideas