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1907, 2019

Why do we need a Neighbourhood Plan?

Friday, July 19, 2019|

Postal Voters should have received their ballot papers; the Referendum is on Tuesday 30th July, so why do we need a Neighbourhood Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan gives a community some say over developments within its area… such as where building should take place and what the buildings should look like. It can also influence many other planning matters. It is a legal document which has to be referred to by the local planning authority as well as developers.

Without an NP a community has virtually no control over these things.

After numerous consultations with our community, the NP for Castle Cary and Ansford is completed, it has passed all the necessary examinations and other hurdles and now it is your chance to vote on whether it should be adopted. Remember without it we have no powers, with it we get some control over what happens to our Town.

Once a Neighbourhood Plan is adopted, we as a community can claim more money from developers than we otherwise could.

For more details and to download the full document, please go to: https://www.castlecaryansfordnp.uk/the-neighbourhood-plan1

1907, 2019

Ansford Parish Clerk-vacancy

Friday, July 19, 2019|

There’s a vacancy for a Parish clerk in Ansford: http://www.parish-council.com/ansford/news.asp (average 8 hours per week)

1507, 2019

A message from Somerset Highways…

Monday, July 15, 2019|


Somerset County Council (SCC) undertakes highway management throughout the County and one of the duties is to maintain highways as a safe environment for all road users.

Grass verge management is carried out by SCC between May – August annually and details are published on the SCC TravelSomerset website.

The SCC South Somerset Area office received in excess of 350 concerns raised by the public relating to overhanging vegetation in 2018 and approximately 16% of those related to land owners and notice had to be served.

You can appreciate that this has an impact on clerk and officer resource where simple maintenance by land owners could be carried out to reduce or remove this issue.

SCC appreciate that growth occurs in bird nesting season, but hedge cutting works can be carried out providing an inspection of the hedge is carried out prior to any cutting works being undertaken. Generally the bird nesting season should be considered to be between late February and August but is dependent on weather conditions.

I hope that you will be able to co-operate to help reduce occurrences and help to protect the safety of the public.

1807, 2019

Road Closure Cumnock Road/Ansford Hill 5th August 15 days 07:30-17:30 weekdays.

Thursday, July 18, 2019|

See this document for full details: Cumnock Road Ansford Hill road closure

307, 2019


Wednesday, July 3, 2019|

The Council seeks to appoint a Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer
(RFO). The appointment is for an average of 17.5 hours per month and the salary
will be as per the national recommended salary scale commensurate with part time
Clerks, LC1, Scale Point 20, (currently £19819 p.a. pro rata.) subject to experience
and qualifications. There is also a small annual home allowance for heat, light and
phone use. A laptop and printer are provided.

The Parish Clerk is the point of liaison for Councillors, residents of the village and
all external organisations. The Clerk is responsible for organising all meetings of
the Council, preparing the agenda (with liaison with the Chairman) and taking and
publishing minutes for meetings. You will deal with all correspondence and
administration, and as Responsible Financial Officer, you will be managing the
financial accounts of the Parish Council and the associated statutory obligations.
You will also update the Parish Council page on the village website.

Excellent literacy, numeracy, book-keeping, communication and IT skills required.
The ideal candidate will be efficient but also a responsive person, able to work well
with our friendly team of local Councillors and the community. Attendance at the
evening meetings of the Council is a requirement of the position. On average there
are 8-10 meetings per year, dates being set by agreement/availability of the Clerk
and Councillors. Preference will be given to candidates who have a relevant local
government qualification such as CiLCA, but training, including via Somerset
Association of Local Councils (SALC) courses will be provided, including expenses
(at the HMRC approved rate) for travel to training locations.

For further details, a copy of the job description and application form, please
contact the Council at [email protected]
For an informal chat about the role please contact the current Clerk, Lisa Wilson, by
email (as above) or by phone on 07587 211150.

Alternatively you can call the Chairman Stephen Crane on 01460 241412.

The closing date for applications is Friday 26 July 2019.

To apply please send a completed application form to the Chairman at
[email protected], or post to The Chairman, Stephen Crane at Little Orchard,
Merriott Road, Lopen, TA13 5JT.

207, 2019

Neighbourhood Plan – Good News

Tuesday, July 2, 2019|

Our Neighbourhood plan has been passed by both the Examiner and the District Executive.

This means we now go to a referendum.

The Question being asked is this:

‘Do you want South Somerset District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Castle Cary and Ansford to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’

The Referendum, which is organised by South Somerset District Council is to be on Tuesday 30 July.

Voting will take place between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Castle Cary residents should vote in the Market House Shambles; Ansford residents should vote in Caryford Hall.

You will be issued with voting cards by South Somerset District Council and the process is very similar to a General Election, and the same postal and proxy voting rules apply.

If you’ll be away on 30th July, you can apply for a postal vote. You can download the form from this link, but have to send it by post to SSDC ( South Somerset District Council, Electoral Registration Officer, Council Offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil BA20 2HT)

You can borrow a hard copy of the final version of Neighbourhood Plan from the Market House Information Point.

The final version of the Neighbourhood Plan will appear online within the next few days at: www.castlecaryansfordnp.uk 

207, 2019

The Latest Somerset Waste Partnership Briefing

Tuesday, July 2, 2019|

Lots of information from Somerset Waste Partnership: SWP Briefing June 2019

506, 2019

St Margaret’s Hospice-Glorious Somerset Gardens

Wednesday, June 5, 2019|

Details of all the open gardens are on the website: https://www.somerset-hospice.org.uk/glorious-somerset-gardens

3005, 2019

Bank Holiday week rubbish…

Thursday, May 30, 2019|

…after a run of Bank Holidays, this is the last one for a few months but rubbish & recycling this week will be one day later. Please put all bins out by 07:00 on Saturday morning.

2205, 2019

Twinning weekend

Wednesday, May 22, 2019|

The Castle Cary and Ansford Twinning Association are celebrating 35 years of Twinning with our friends from Remalard, France. We will be hosting 39 visitors to stay in our homes from Thursday 30th May until 2nd June. We have arranged a lunch at Haynes Museum Sparkford on Friday 31st May and a social at Caryford Hall with live music, food and dancing in the evening.