Work to construct the new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) at Jubilee Park will start on Monday 11 September 2017. If everything goes to schedule and there isn’t too much torrential rain then the construction should be complete around 12 October 2017. The MUGA can then be used, but at this stage there will be no lines as a 2-3 week period is needed for the surface to “set” before line marking can take place. On the current schedule the MUGA will be closed for a day during the week of Monday 30 October for line marking to take place and after that it will be fully operational.
The works will inevitably bring some disruption and noise for local residents. The Town Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.
The MUGA is the first part of the Town Council’s proposals to improve the facilities at Jubilee Park. The proposals, which are part of Bruton’s new Town Plan 2017, also include a new skate park (the “Bru Bowl”), upgrades to the lower pitch and the play area, and rebuilding of the pavilion. Plans for these further developments are at an outline stage, and will go ahead once funding has been secured.
Volunteers have now delivered the Town Plan to about 90% of the Parish. We had hoped to finish it all this weekend (1 and 2 July), but have not quite done so. We should be able to complete the rest of the Parish over the coming few days.
Areas we haven’t done yet include Redlynch and Godminster, Dropping Lane and Discove, and the whole of Park Road, Coxes Close and Plox. Apologies to people living in these areas.
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.