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2906, 2015

The Constitutional Club-update from Cary Crier

The Constitutional Club in Castle Cary known locally as “The Consti” has been sold.   Until fairly recently it was a successful venue for meetings, skittle games and many other activities enjoyed by local people.

Unfortunately due to poor management, debts were run up and the club was put into receivership and this in turn has led to a forced sale.

However because it has been a valued community asset, the new owners are obliged by law, to give the community an opportunity to buy it at a ‘reasonable price’.  This is likely to be in the region of £350 to £400 thousand pounds.

Your Town Council would very much regret the loss of this community asset – particularly as the most likely outcome would be the building being demolished to be replaced by yet more housing. We as a Town Council do not have the money to buy and restore the building, nor do we have the manpower to run it.  We would like to see it as a community space (as it was before), or perhaps a business centre – which would provide studios, offices and so on leading to jobs for local people, or possibly a Dance School, Restaurant, Auction House or …other ideas welcome. (We are very keen for it not to be the sort of shop which would drain our town centre of customers – such as a food supermarket).

To do any of these things requires someone/people of enterprise and means to seize this opportunity to do something which will have a positive benefit to our community.

As we understand it, there is substantial space in the building which includes a bar, two skittle alleys and a self-contained flat, not to mention plenty of off street parking.

Are you the person to take this on?  Or do you perhaps know someone who might be interested?   If so please contact the Town Clerk: castlecary.town@btconnect.com

1906, 2015

Town Council ‘Surgeries’

Do you have a question, comment or a suggestion that you would like to bring to the Council’s attention?

Liz Stokes, Chairman of Castle Cary Town Council, will be in the Market House on the following dates.

Tuesday 21st July 5.00 – 6.00pm

Tuesday 18th August 11.30 – 12.00 noon

Tuesday 15th September 5.00 – 6.00pm

Tuesday 20th October 11.30 – 12.00 noon

Tuesday 10th November 5.00 – 6.00pm

Tuesday 8th December 11.30 – 12.00 noon

Come and talk to her

Contact details: telephone 01963 359631

Email: castlecary.town@btconnect.com

 

 

 

Click here for a downloadable version of the above Town Council Surgeries

1606, 2015

Result of the Regulation Committee meeting on June 11th 2015

Some bad news….via the Cary Crier…

 

For those who have not already heard …… at the Regulation Committee meeting in Taunton, last Thursday 11th June, the proposed Waste Transfer Station at Dimmer was approved by 4 votes to 3.

This means that waste from outside our immediate area will be brought to Dimmer, sorted and batched and then lorried out again to be incinerated elsewhere.

Your town council put a forceful case for this to be turned down largely on the grounds of the inadequacy of our roads, particularly through Clanville.  Other local parish councils, Care4Cary, and ward members also spoke vehemently against it.   To no avail.

Sorry – we did try!

906, 2015

Care4Cary: Thursday 11 June SCC Regulation Committee

Application for a Waste Transfer Station at Dimmer
Message from Care4Cary

Update. This was passed by the Regulation Committee…

306, 2015

Two Important Planning Applications

The Town Council’s planning committee looked at two applications on Monday I June which may concern you.

A) One is a repeat application for up to 165 houses behind Torbay Road and Station Road (application number 15/02347/OUT) – this is the one which was recently turned down at Area East

B) The other is a new application for 75 houses off Station Road behind Wayside farm (in Ansford) (application number: 15/02388/OUT)

All the documents can be seen on line if you go to the SSDC website and type in the application number.

The Town Council has opposed both of these developments – but we do not make the decision.  The decision is made at District level.

If you have views about either or both of these applications, writing a letter now is essential.  And it needs to be a separate letter for each application – Email is fine.  You need to send these to Adrian.Noon@southsomerset.gov.uk and quote the application number above.

Letters really really do make a difference.  Please make your letter your own – duplicated letters do not have the same power as original ones. Such letters do not have to be long and complicated – short and pithy is fine!

Here are the reasons the Town Council has given for opposing application A above

  • that it does not take the bigger picture into account – ie the other planning applications on the table or what is happening in Mendip
  • The size of the development is too large.
  • The access roads and roads in the surrounding area are inadequate – we particularly singled out the B3153 which runs through Clanville and Alford and the Railway bridge on the A371- but there are many other problems with the A371.
  • The density of the proposed dwellings.
  • Erosion of countryside when there are ‘brownfield sites’ vacant.
  • Employment – job opportunities need to be in place before dwellings are built.
  • Since the original application we now have a Local Plan and an emerging Neighbourhood plan and this application does not take these into account.
  • There is no road included linking the Torbay Road Trading Estate with Station Road.
  • The plans show no recognition of, or sensitivity to, the nature of our unique town and its surrounding countryside.

The reasons given for opposing B (above)

  • The Cumulative Traffic Assessment provided is inaccurate – we maintain that the increase in traffic will have a seriously detrimental effect on our local roads particularly Clanville and Alford on the B3153 and on the A371 (the railway bridge for example)
  • No employment land is included.

It is worth bearing in mind that this applicant is arguing that CC and Ansford could comfortably accommodate in excess of the 374 new dwellings mentioned in the District Council’s Local Plan and subsequently they have put in another application for a further 75 houses on Station Road which we will doubtless have to deal with at our next planning meeting in July.

 

2205, 2015

‘Fairground Field’ consultation

The ‘Fairground Field’ Committee needs your guidance. Please click here to read an article which aims to solicit further suggestions and ideas.

1106, 2015

Castle Cary Vintage & Flea Market, every 2nd Sunday

Every 2nd Sunday of the month -14th June 10.30 – 3.30, 12th July 10.30 – 3.30, 9th August 10.30 – 3.30, 13th September 10.30 – 3.30. – Monthly Vintage & Flea Market at Market House, Castle Cary BA7 7ED. Inside and outside pitches. Vintage & antiques, collectibles, clothing, menswear, art deco, jewellery, furnishings, furniture, mantiques, textiles and more…  FREE Entry and parking. Refreshments. For stallholder booking info: http://www.vintagevampalicious.co.uk/

 

106, 2015

12th-14th June 2015 The Circus is coming to town!

The multi award winning John Lawson’s Circus will be making its first visit to Castle Cary for 12 years when it visits The Fairground Field from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th June. Showtimes are Friday 12th at 4.30 & 7.30, Saturday 13th at 2pm & 5pm, Sunday 14th at 2pm only.

All seats are £9 with a special offer of all seats being £7 on Friday 12th. Under 2’s are free and the Circus Box Office will be open on site from Thursday 11th June or Tel 07860 498833.

Amongst the attractions in the 2015 production introduced by Ringmaster Attila Endresz will be from Russia bounce juggler Alexander, Miss Jencia on the aerial star, knife-throwing with The Matshalls, Chelsea on the swinging trapeze, cube manipulation with The Duo Khydakov, sword and dagger balancing with Miss Claire-Marie, bubbles fantasy with Nataliya, teenage Diabolo sensation from Devid, from The Ukraine the amazing Tysko Family – foot juggling and Risley presentation and Britain’s favourite Clown madcap capers from Bippo.

2704, 2015

CASTLE CARY TOWN CRIER

The recently launched CASTLE CARY TOWN CRIER  is proving extremely popular

This is an email information service set up by the Town Council to inform residents of important issues as soon as they arise.

The purpose of this service is to ensure that residents can personally receive information from the Town Council such as:

  • Reminders of upcoming events in the town.
  • Issues relating to the town for which consultation is needed
  • To ask for volunteer help either on a regular basis or for one-off events.

It will not be used for any other purpose and members will only be contacted if there is news, or views/help is needed.

The list of recipients will not be made available to any other individual or organisation.  BCC (blind carbon copies) will be used at all times for group mailings.

Residents of Castle Cary, Ansford and the surrounding area are invited to contact carycrier@outlook.com  and ask to be put on the list.

2704, 2015

CARE4CARY

Do you care about Castle Cary and its special character? Have you ever wanted to help your local community but didn’t know how?

Care4Cary, established in 2009, is a local organisation which supports proposed developments that benefit the Castle Cary area but campaigns against developments that will disproportionately damage the special character of the locality.

Care4Cary’s previous successes:
We successfully campaigned against the ill-considered Bronzeoak biomass power station proposal.

We supported Castle Cary Town Council in ensuring free car parking continues in the town, thereby supporting a very special high street.

We actively supported our local Town Council’s opposition to and Area East Planning Committee’s refusal of an application to build a concrete batching plant at Dimmer. And the Planning Inspector recognised the strength of our arguments and dismissed the appeal.

In the light of recent planning applications for huge proposed housing developments, Care4Cary now needs new members to help with all sorts of things from fund-raising (to pay for legal advice), local expertise, writing letters to local planners and MPs and many other things too.  Can you help?  To join us just email your contact email address to

care4cary@live.uk or call 07803 855 208 and give us your home address and we will add you to our growing mailing list.

We look forward to hearing from you!

2704, 2015

REFUSE COLLECTION DATES

We’ve been sent details of revised collection days for bank holiday periods: Christmas and New Year, Easter etc. See this document for details.

2404, 2015

Learning at the Market House

You will find here our “Learning at the Market Place” (LAMP) programme for the coming months

– a wide variety of classes and workshops, mostly free of charge.

Come and enjoy the quirky and comfortable surroundings of the Shambles, and learn something new.

2403, 2015

Community Music Project

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2403, 2015

Castle Cary Town Crier

The recently launched CASTLE CARY TOWN CRIER  is proving extremely popular

This is an email information service set up by the Town Council to inform residents of important issues as soon as they arise.

The purpose of this service is to ensure that residents can personally receive information from the Town Council such as:

  • Reminders of upcoming events in the town.
  • Issues relating to the town for which consultation is needed
  • To ask for volunteer help either on a regular basis or for one-off events.

It will not be used for any other purpose and members will only be contacted if there is news, or views/help is needed.

The list of recipients will not be made available to any other individual or organisation.  BCC (blind carbon copies) will be used at all times for group mailings.

Residents of Castle Cary, Ansford and the surrounding area are invited to contact carycrier@outlook.com  and ask to be put on the list.

2403, 2015

Care4Cary

care4cary

Do you care about Castle Cary and its special character? Have you ever wanted to help your local community but didn’t know how?

Care4Cary, established in 2009, is a local organisation which supports proposed developments that benefit the Castle Cary area but campaigns against developments that will disproportionately damage the special character of the locality.

Care4Cary’s previous successes:
We successfully campaigned against the ill-considered Bronzeoak biomass power station proposal.

We supported Castle Cary Town Council in ensuring free car parking continues in the town, thereby supporting a very special high street.

We actively supported our local Town Council’s opposition to and Area East Planning Committee’s refusal of an application to build a concrete batching plant at Dimmer. And the Planning Inspector recognised the strength of our arguments and dismissed the appeal.

In the light of recent planning applications for huge proposed housing developments, Care4Cary now needs new members to help with all sorts of things from fund-raising (to pay for legal advice), local expertise, writing letters to local planners and MPs and many other things too.  Can you help?  To join us just email your contact email address to

care4cary@live.uk or call 07803 855 208 and give us your home address and we will add you to our growing mailing list.

We look forward to hearing from you!