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2107, 2017

Barclays Bank, Castle Cary to close at the end of October…

Friday, July 21, 2017|

The Town Council has just been informed that Barclays Bank in Castle Cary will be closing at the end of October. This is the letter informing customers: Barclays Bank closure

2107, 2017

The Fairfield

Friday, July 21, 2017|

For updated details on progress with the Fairfield, click here.

1707, 2017

A message from Care4Cary about the Hopkins application at Dimmer..

Monday, July 17, 2017|

Care4Cary is pleased to report that on Wednesday 12 July South Somerset District Council’s Area East planning committee refused Andrew Hopkins’ application for change of use from B2 (general industrial) to B8 (storage and distribution) at his Dimmer site. He had applied in order to store and valet up to 991 former fleet vehicles on this rural site.

Ward Councillor Henry Hobhouse moved that the application should be refused, with Ward Councillor and Committee Chair Nick Weeks seconding. The motion was carried by six votes (including that of our County Councillor Mike Lewis) to two against, with two abstentions.

Many thanks to town and parish councillors who made submissions in advance and spoke at the meeting. Strong objections were also made by residents of Ansford, Dimmer, Castle Cary and Lydford, alongside Care4Cary. It was clear that the SSDC planning officer and Councillors had taken note of the two letters from Care4Cary’s expert planning lawyer who had pointed out the inadequacy of information provided by the applicant, the adverse road safety and amenity impact along the B3153 particularly in Clanville, and that the Planning Officer was incorrect on a piece of planning law ignoring the comments of two planning inspectors.
While this Committee has refused the application on the grounds that the applicant had failed to demonstrate the impact on local traffic/road safety and amenity, we may well have to face an appeal.
Councillors seemed as frustrated as we are at the saga at Dimmer and made some constructive suggestions as to how to bring groundhog day finally to a close. More of that anon.
Best wishes and many thanks for all the support!
Care4Cary
16 July 2017

1707, 2017

From Somerset County Council libraries service-‘Read The Books & Catch The Crook…’

Monday, July 17, 2017|

Read The Books & Catch The Crook

Somerset libraries are inviting children to help the Animal Agents – a bunch of furry, slippery and feathered friends – solve a mystery in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

To take part all children have to do is visit their local library and sign up to read six books throughout the summer.

As they read their books, each child will receive special stickers (some of which are very smelly), to help complete their Animal Agents collectors folder and solve the library mystery.

Everyone who completes the challenge by reading six books will receive a certificate and a unique Summer Reading Challenge Medal.

Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries at Somerset County Council said: “We’re delighted to participate in this national challenge to encourage children to keep reading through the holidays. Last year we had more than 7000 children take part in the challenge, in libraries all across Somerset. It’s a great opportunity to strengthen our community by working with schools and families to encourage in children a love of reading.”

Young readers can also go on the website www.animal-agents.org.uk to create a profile, chat about books, and play games.  As well as revealing the clues, each sticker contains a code. During the summer, the codes can be entered to unlock extra surprises.

The Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge, which is free to join, runs from Saturday 15 July until Saturday 9 September.

1507, 2017

Road Closure in Quaperlake St. Bruton from 14th August

Saturday, July 15, 2017|

…..and there will be one way traffic with traffic lights for 7-11th August…….

SOMERSET COUNTY COUNCIL, DISTRICT OF SOUTH SOMERSET, PARISH OF BRUTON
Temporary Closure of Quaperlake Street
TAKE NOTICE that in pursuance of Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulations
Act 1984, as amended by the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991, the
County Council of Somerset propose to make an Order PROHIBITING ALL
TRAFFIC from proceeding along Quaperlake Street from the junction with
Coombe Street, north-eastwards for a distance of 445 metres.
This order will enable Somerset Highways to carry out prep and resurfacing works in
this road.
The Order becomes effective on 14 August 2017 and will remain in force for
eighteen months. The works are expected to last for 12 days (excluding the
weekend & Bank Holiday). While the closure is in operation an alternative route will be signed as
detailed here.

1007, 2017

Wednesday 12 July – Area East Committee to consider Hopkins Proposal at Dimmer

Monday, July 10, 2017|

This Wednesday, 12 July, South Somerset District Council (SSDC) Area East planning committee will consider Andrew Hopkins’ application to use land at Dimmer to store 991 vehicles. These former fleet cars will arrive and leave the site on massive vehicle transporters via the B3153, most likely through Clanville. Hopkins is requesting a change of use of the land from B2 to B8. The SSDC Planning Officer Dominic Heath-Coleman is recommending approval.

 
Representatives of Castle Cary Town Council, and Ansford, Cary Moor and Lydford Parish Councils will attend to raise serious concerns. We need to show the strength of local feeling by turning up in numbers. You don’t need to speak – just being there will make a difference.
Care4Cary has taken advice from an expert planning lawyer who has on our behalf sent two written submissions raising objections, pointing out that It is impossible to deduct from the application the potential impact on our local community from road safety, amenity and environmental perspectives. For example, it is not clear whether the cars will be valeted on site, or not. It is not clear exactly how many transporter trips will be made per day as the application merely quotes what happens at another site in Henstridge – 12 transporter movements per day. The application does not give a forecast for what would actually take place at Dimmer. The transporter figure could be higher! Our councillors should not be put in the invidious position of making a decision from totally inadequate information.
Some people have suggested this may be the least worst option for the site of Dimmer. We disagree.  And, it may well be that once a change of use to B8 (which includes large industrial warehousing) is granted Mr. Hopkins could submit a quite different application resulting in even more HGVs on the already overloaded B3153 and surrounding roads.
The meeting is taking place at SSDC Council Offices, Churchfields, Wincanton BA9 9AG. SSDC has notified us that the planning section of the agenda will start no earlier than 10.15 am this Wednesday.
Both public and press may attend the meeting. Should you wish to make your views known as an objector, you should arrive well before 10.15 am so that you can register that you wish to speak. Do remember that each person has a maximum of 3 minutes in which to speak and that they should avoid repetition of points already made.
Please come to the meeting if you can, even if you do not wish to speak, as it will help demonstrate to the Councillors on the Committee the strength of local opinion. Together, we can and do make a difference!

Care4Cary
9 July 2017

107, 2017

A Brief History of Castle Cary

Saturday, July 1, 2017|

A Brief History of Castle Cary

(an illustrated talk by Will Vaughan)

Saturday 8 July

Caryford Hall, BA7 7JJ

6.30 pm (doors open 6 pm)

Tickets £5 now on sale in Bailey Hill Bookshop.

2906, 2017

The Circus is coming to town….on Monday 10th July

Thursday, June 29, 2017|

John Lawson's Circus

full details here….http://www.johnlawsonscircus.co.uk/2017-tour/

2906, 2017

Castle Cary Choir in Concert on Saturday 1st July

Thursday, June 29, 2017|

Castle Cary Choir with ‘Raise the Roof’

 

2306, 2017

Welcome to Debra Henderson…..

Friday, June 23, 2017|

…….who has just joined the Town Council! We all look forward to working with her.