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2107, 2017

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

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

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

1707, 2017

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

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…’

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

…..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

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

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.

2306, 2017

Welcome to Debra Henderson…..

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

1206, 2017

Chair’s report to the Annual Town Meeting 2017

Here is the report given to the Annual Town Meeting on 16th May 2017

 

Chair’s Report Annual Town Meeting 2017

506, 2017

Draft Minutes from the Annual Town Meeting

Annual Town Meeting 2017 Draft Minutes will be approved at the 2018 Annual Town Meeting.

305, 2017

Castle Cary Annual Town Meeting

The ANNUAL TOWN MEETING will take place on Tuesday 16th May in Caryford Hall

You can download an official Agenda here.

Fairtrade tea & coffee will be available

At 6.30 pm there will be a chance to view and comment on the Neighbourhood plan, catch up on the latest news on The Fairfield Project, see displays from local organisations about their activities and to meet Town and District Councillors to discuss local issues

The FORMAL MEETING STARTS AT 7.30 pm:

AGENDA
1 Welcome and introduction of Councillors
2 Apologies for absence
3 Approval of the 2016 Annual Town Meeting minutes
4 Chairman’s report
5 Presentations by Town Councillors & others:
Planning
Neighbourhood Plan
Marketing & Communications
Youth
Properties & Infrastructure
Finance

6 Presentations from Ward Councillors
7 Questions, answers and other matters for discussion
8 Thank you and good night.

2504, 2017
2704, 2017

CARY RAMBLERS GROUP…

….have had a busy Spring….

Our 2017 walk programme began from the Village Hall, Oakhill where conditions were very wet and muddy underfoot as one would expect at this time of year. However, our spirits were lifted at the first signs of spring with early snowdrops and catkins on trees.

Early February did not deter many to walk in the rain from Alfred’s Tower towards Park Hill Camp near Stourhead. We then congregated to enjoy our post-Xmas lunch at the Bull Inn, Bruton.

Beginning of March remained wet but enjoyed a walk from Charlton Horethorne. Abundant spring bulbs appeared with vibrant colours. Witnessed our first Skylark hovering above in the dull grey sky with their distinctive chorus.

Mid March took us by train to Chetnole, in the Dorset countryside. A warm, mild and sunny day with lots of wild primroses and daffodils among hedgerows. Crossed typical Blackmore Vale pastureland, taking in Melbury Osmond, Melbury House in wonderful parkland and Melbury Bub.

Late March we re-visited Stanton Drew. After viewing the Bronze Age stone circles there, we proceeded towards Norton Malreward. We then climbed up to the Iron Age hill fort on Maes Knoll offering wide ranging views over Bristol and beyond.

Mid April tooks us through old Bruton along the Rive Brue towards South Brewham returning via Hardway to Hauser & Wirth. Saw wild blackthorn blossom and cowslips.

We meet at lower Millbrook car park on alternate Wednesdays and leave promptly at 9.30am. For more information contact Anne Pitt on 01963 359621.

2002, 2017
2002, 2017

‘Help about Cary’ will support people affected by cancer

‘Help about Cary’ will support people affected by cancer

If you are or have been affected by cancer you can share your views on the type of practical support that would be helpful and in doing so shape ‘Help about Cary’ a new volunteering scheme which will launch later in the year.  Please take part in the survey either online or by collecting a paper questionnaire from your GP surgery.   ‘Help about Cary’ is being set up by local residents with the assistance of Macmillan Cancer Support.  It will aim to offer practical help to cancer patients and their families in Castle Cary and the surrounding areas.

Link to survey: HelpAboutCary survey

1002, 2017

Two Town Councillor Vacancies

Castle Cary Town Council: two Town Councillor Vacancies

Are you interested in your local community and how it is developed in the future?
Do you have concerns about what happens in your community and the surrounding area?
Are you interested in making sure that the best possible services are available and maintained for residents?

You can probably answer “yes” to at least one of these questions but have you ever considered becoming a Town Councillor?

All that is required is genuine desire to help the community and a commitment to attend Town Council meetings. Good quality training is available. To find out more about becoming a Town Councillor either talk to an existing Town Councillor and/or Town Clerk, visit the National Association of Local Council’s web site: www.nalc.gov.uk

The Town Council is made up of a total of 13 Town Councillors. It serves an estimated population of 2000 people. Full Council Meetings are held every month on the third Monday evening at 7.00pm at the Market House with other Committee meetings held at 6.30pm. The Town Council is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the Market House and The Shambles, the Donald Pither Memorial Ground and Pavillion, the children’s play area, the Town’s Cemetery and chapel along with other smaller assets including the Millbrook Car Park toilet facilities and The Roundhouse. It also has to make sure that spending is kept within the agreed precept limit.

It is very important that the Town Council has its full complement of Town Councillors so that any decisions are made in a democratic way. The Town Council represents the opinions of residents in discussions with the district and county councils, especially decisions that concern the future development of the town.

If you are interested, please contact:

Mrs Susan Hake, Town Clerk
c/o The Market House, Castle Cary
tel: 01963 359631 or email: town.clerk@castle-cary.co.uk

1102, 2017
302, 2017

Vacancies on Castle Cary Town Council

CASTLE CARY TOWN COUNCIL
PUBLIC NOTICE

VACANCIES ON CASTLE CARY TOWN COUNCIL

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 87 of the Local Government Act 1972 that due to recent resignations there are now two vacancies on the Castle Cary Town Council to be filled.

Unless a request for an election to be held is submitted in writing to the Proper Officer of South Somerset District Council at the Council Offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT before 20 February 2017 by ten electors for the electoral parish of Castle Cary, the Town Council will proceed to fill these vacancies by co-option.

Susan R Hake
Clerk to the Council
1 February 2017
DO YOU WANT TO BE A TOWN COUNCILLOR AND SERVE THE LOCAL COMMUNITY?
Unless at least 10 electors apply in writing to the Proper Officer of South Somerset District Council to request a By-election (as detailed in the public notice above) the Town Council will proceed to fill these vacancies by co-option. The next meeting of the Town Council at which this can be dealt with is due to be held on Monday 20 March 2017.
If any local elector wishes to become a councillor, please notify the Clerk to the Town Council in writing, giving full details of your background and interests. Anyone who is interested in serving the community in this way is welcome to contact the Clerk to discuss this in more detail.
Susan R Hake
Clerk to Castle Cary Town Council

town.clerk@castle-cary.co.uk

2001, 2017

A new rural crime initiative-text 81819

A new rural crime initiative has been launched by Avon & Somerset Police this week.

There’s a new text number – 81819 to help the Police to prevent and detect rural crime.

Rural communities and businesses are asked to help the Police by providing information and intelligence about suspected crime in their area. Texts will go directly to the Rural Crime Team, who will be able to assess and action the intelligence quickly and efficiently.

The number won’t be monitored 24/7 but the team will be looking at it when they are on duty, it therefore shouldn’t be used for reporting crimes, or anything which requires an immediate police attendance.

In those circumstances please dial 999.

Inspector Joanna Mines, from the Rural Crime Team in Somerset, said: “We are trialing the number for three months.

“Many people who belong to our FarmWatch scheme had said they wanted a facility to be able to pass on information and respond to messages quickly, and this new number will allow that.

“We want to hear from anyone who has information about any suspicious or potentially criminal activity in their area, for example – details of people/vehicles seen behaving suspiciously, potentially stolen goods or livestock being offered for sale either to the public or at markets, sightings of stolen vehicles we might put out an alert for.

“No matter how small or insignificant people may think information is, it may be a vital piece of a jigsaw that helps us fill in the gaps and either prevent a crime or bring offenders to justice.

“We have had real success using a text number to facilitate reporting of drink drivers in the past and we hope this will prove as effective.”

Messages are currently sent out via text message and email to members of the Neighbourhood, Farm and Horse Watch schemes to alert them to crimes and incidents in their area. This new number will allow people to text back information quickly and easily.

Anyone can use it if they have information about rural or agricultural crime in their area, and isn’t just for Watch members.

The launch of the number happens to coincide with a recent livestock theft in Somerset (16/01) and we are hoping that the public will help provide vital information to help the investigation. 40 calves, 10-15 months old, of Friesian/Limousin/Angus breeds were stolen from Henton, near Wells. The calves had been wormed using Bimectin the day before and it’s therefore vital they don’t get into the food chain.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Rural crime affects the livelihoods of farmers, smallholders and rural businesses and presents some real challenges for the wider rural areas.  I know the Rural Crime Team, working closely with our local communities are committed to tackling and preventing crime.

“I know from speaking to residents and farmers that there is a real desire to engage with the police […]

1701, 2017

Sign up for Cary Crier-our ‘Town Crier’ for local news and important issues

The text below has just been sent out to all those who have opted to receive messages from the Castle Cary Town Crier.  To receive messages about important town issues and events, contact Carycrier@outlook.com and ask to be put on the mailing list.  You will not be bombarded with rubbish and your email address will not be given to anyone else:

Outcome of Planning Enquiry

Many of you will be aware that there has been a public enquiry relating to an application to build 125 + 75 new homes on either side of Station Road.  (This is in addition to the 165 + 45 + 75 for which planning permission has already been given in this area.)  Your Town Council, Ansford Parish Council and South Somerset District Council objected to the application on the grounds that the additional 200 homes would be excessive for our roads and infrastructure, and lack of jobs would lead to out-commuting and so on.  However, in line with current planning policy, the Government Inspector has taken the developers’ side. In other words – we have lost. Sorry – we tried really, really hard.

If you are interested the inspector’s decision and the reasons for it, the documents are on our town’s website…. www.castle-cary.co.uk

If you are at all concerned about the current planning process and lack of respect for the views of local people, there are two Government petitions you can consider signing…. If they get 10,000 signatures the Government will look at the issue, 100,000 and it will be debated in Parliament.

“Give communities back the right to decide where houses are built.”

Here is the link:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/177333

“Protect us from speculative housing development. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) needs modification……”

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/176809

1701, 2017

Outcome of Planning Enquiry

Many of you will be aware that there has been a public enquiry relating to an application to build 125 + 75 new homes on either side of Station Road.  (This is in addition to the 165 + 45 + 75 for which planning permission has already been given in this area.)  Your Town Council, Ansford Parish Council and South Somerset District Council objected to the application on the grounds that the additional 200 homes would be excessive for our roads and infrastructure, and lack of jobs would lead to out-commuting and so on.  However, in line with current planning policy, the Government Inspector has taken the developers’ side. In other words – we have lost. Sorry – we tried really, really hard.

If you are interested the inspector’s decision and the reasons for it, please click on the following links:

Appeal covering letter

Silverwood appeal decision

Wayside Farm appeal decision

 

If you are at all concerned about the current planning process and lack of respect for the views of local people, there are two Government petitions you can consider signing…. If they get 10,000 signatures the Government will look at the issue, 100,000 and it will be debated in Parliament.

“Give communities back the right to decide where houses are built.”- petition.parliament.uk/petitions/177333

“Protect us from speculative housing development. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) needs modification……” petition.parliament.uk/petitions/176809

1401, 2017

Castle Cary Museum needs you…!

Castle Cary Museum opens for the 2017 season on Monday 3rd April.

Are you interested in local history, feeling community-minded or just have some time on your hands?

We are looking for a few new museum stewards to join our small friendly team.

The sessions are: Mon-Fri. 10.30 – 12.30 and 2.00 – 4.00. Saturday: 10.30 – 12.30

If you can you spare two hours regularly per week (or possibly per fortnight) to volunteer, please contact Anne Ross, tel. 350416 or email:  castlecarymuseum@hotmail.co.uk

www.castlecarymuseum.org.uk

701, 2017

Tuesday Market

The Market runs from 8.30 to 2.00 pm every Tuesday at the Market House.

Our dedicated traders look forward to offering you:

·  Fish, Meat, Veg (including ORGANIC),

·  Bread, Gluten-free products, Pickles, Jams,

·  Scotch eggs, Apple juice and more,

·  PLUS occasional casual stallholders.

Do come and have a chat and a look around, enjoy a coffee and visit our High Street too!

2211, 2016

Recycle for Castle Cary & help us win £8000 for the local community!

The Use Less, Share More Group have produced a recycling leaflet, in their quest for the £8000 local grant prize money from
Somerset Waste Partnership if we manage to increase the rate of recycling in Castle Cary.

See the leaflet below for full details:

Recycling flier 17 Nov 2016

 

2610, 2016

Millbrook Toilets change

In an effort to reduce costs to the Town Council, and therefore the Council Tax payer,
and after discussion at a previous Properties and Infrastructure meeting, it was decided at the full
Town Council meeting on 17th October that the men’s and women’s toilets in Millbrook car park would
be closed for a trial period of two months from 1st November.
The disabled toilet will be adapted for use as a unisex facility and have baby changing facilities.

310, 2016

Current draft of the Neighbourhood Plan

This is the current draft of our Neighbourhood Plan.   There will be a formal public consultation period within a month or so at which point your views on the plan will be sought.

Click here for the draft: Castle Cary and Ansford Neighbourhood Plan – updated draft

310, 2016

Public Enquiry 4th October-a message from Care4Cary

Care4Cary have sent out an update on the proposed developments along Station Road and details of a Public Enquiry starting on Tuesday 4th October.

See here for full details: Public Enquiry re Station Road

1209, 2016

Wedding host

Wedding host

607, 2016
1506, 2016

David Warburton, Local MP, Surgery Friday 1st July in Sparkford

By appointment only

If you would like to make an appointment please contact

Netia Carr on 01373 580500 or by email – netia.carr@parliament.uk

1801, 2016

Calling all businesses in Castle Cary…

If your business is in Castle Cary and you have not yet submitted a listing for our directory please do so on this page: http://www.castle-cary.co.uk/business-directory/ The listing will be moderated and approved by our editor as soon as possible then published….it’s up to you!

210, 2016

Castle Cary Town Crier

The 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!

411, 2016

Castle Cary Town Crier

…….. 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.