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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, and endorsed by South Somerset District Council. 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.
What’s not in the plan
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.
Previous town plans
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.
The 2016 Town Plan Survey
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).
The 2016 Bruton Chamber of Commerce Survey of local businesses
Read ‘Objectives and Plans for 2017’: a report written following the survey.
Town Plan Live
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.
How the plan was put together
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.