Drop into the Community Office on Christmas Shopping Night (Wednesday 6 December) to meet our urban design consultants and share your ideas about the junction with them.
Residents have told us repeatedly that this junction does not work well for pedestrians or for motorists. When our 2016 Town Plan Survey asked which locations were priorities for improvement for walking, the Library Junction came top.
In our Town Plan we therefore said that we intend to “commission a series of studies and work with residents and businesses to… re-design the Library Junction”. The Council has now appointed Streets Re-imagined, an urban design practice, to develop a design for the junction that make it safer and more convenient for pedestrians. Their approach is to work with the local community to understand their experience of the junction, and this is what they want to do on Christmas Shopping Night.
You can read more about Streets Re-imagined on their website. The Council has awarded them a contract for £5,500 to carry out the design work, which we expect to be completed at some point early in the New Year. If their design is acceptable to the Council, the community and to the County Council’s Highways department we hope to be able to raise funds in future years to make the proposals a reality.
Bruton Town Council has started discussions with a developer, the landowner and architect about their proposals for a potential housing development on a site immediately South of Brewham Road (between the last houses and the electricity substation, as shown in the picture). The discussions are at a very early stage, but are now sufficiently advanced to be made public. The Council understands that no proposals have yet been made about numbers or type of housing, and that a planning application, if there is to be one, is many months off.
Mayor Steve Hall said: “It was very clear from the Town Plan survey that residents want the Town Council to engage directly with landowners and developers, to try and make sure that the right housing gets built in the right place. This is what we are doing. This site is one of the few sites in the town which more people thought suitable for development than in need of protection.”
A report on a diseased beech tree near the pavilion on Jubilee Park has recommended its removal.
The report by Wincanton-based arboreal specialists Astill Tree Care was commisioned by Bruton’s Tree Warden Emma Donovan following concerns about visible damage to the trunk. Regrettably the report discovered significant disease and damage 5m up the trunk and in the opinion of the experts there is no option but to fell the tree. Other possibilities including pollarding and cutting out the diseased areas were considered but rejected as not viable or likely to be effective.
The affected tree on the right
The Town Council considered this at their meeting on 31st October, and accepted the recommendation and resolved to get the required permissions as the tree is within the conservation area.
When we have more information we will post it here.