Library Junction: come and see the full picture!

Library Junction: come and see the full picture!

On 15 May at 2.00, and again at 7.00, we will be presenting our consultant’s proposals for improvements to the Library Junction. We want to hear what people think of them. The meetings, which will take place in the Community Hall, are open to everyone. There will be an opportunity to see the proposals, a short presentation from councillors and from our consultants Streets Reimagined, and plenty of time to ask questions and give feedback.

Streets Reimagined have been asked to come up with a design for reconfiguration of the junction which:

  • reflects the Council’s intention to make Bruton a place where it feels easy and safe to walk around, but wrong to drive fast
  • reflects the town centre’s conservation area status
  • conforms to Highway Regulations and Policies
  • be affordable

We now want your views on whether their design meets these objectives.

Speedwatch: your town needs you!

Speedwatch: your town needs you!

Speedwatch has run successfully for over two years now, but we now need two new volunteers to work in the background to keep it going (you won’t need to don a high-vis jacket). We need a co-ordinator, and someone to enter the data. There will be free training for both roles, and you will also need to agree to be subject to police checks.

The co-ordinator puts together our monthly rota, recruits new volunteers, and liaises with the police about county speeding issues, passing on information to the rest of the team. The co-ordinator also attends county-wide meetings and training approximately twice a year. Our past two co-ordinators have both chosen to be part of the Speedwatch team on the street, but this isn’t absolutely necessary. We expect that if you are a co-ordinator this will take about six hours of your time each month.

The data person receives the reports from each Speedwatch session, and enters the information on an Excel spreadsheet that is then sent to the police each week. This work takes between 30 minutes and an hour each week, and you would need to have a laptop or PC with access to MS Excel.

If you are interested in either role please contact Cllr James Hood on 07968 728959. We would also love to hear from anyone who wants to be part of the street Speedwatch team.

The Town Council would like to express its gratitude to Steve Turner and Peter Underwood, former co-ordinators, and to Sarah Fews who has worked tirelessly in the background inputting the data.

A359 to close for four weeks

A359 to close for four weeks

The A359 south of Bruton will be closed from 26th February 2018 and is expected to last for 26 days to enable earthworks to be carried out, Somerset County Council have told us.

The work will be at Strutters Hill.

We have not been told if the closure is 24 hours.

MUGA repair work

Remedial work to the tarmac surface of the MUGA will take place from Tue 16 Jan to Thu 18 Jan.  During this period the MUGA will be closed.

Apologies for the short notice.

The Library Junction: share your views and get your Christmas shopping!

The Library Junction: share your views and get your Christmas shopping!

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.