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2402, 2022

Surface water Torbay Road/Fulford Cross

Thursday, February 24, 2022|

The following is a response from John Nicholson at Somerset County Highways department about the current drainage issues at the bottom of South Cary Lane:

‘We had received various other enquiries relating to this recently and I visited site last week (wc 14th Feb 2022) to investigate further.  I noted that the recent works to the watercourse remain effective however, the gully within the junction is slightly proud of the road surface and the works to adjust that height difference and a localised patch to shape the carriageway are still pending with our contractor, this requirement was unfortunately noted shortly after the works to that watercourse were completed.  I also noted the algae starting to accumulate within the entrance to Barrow Road and a sweeper is being requested to agitate and remove that as an interim measure.

I would note that the surface water issue is in fact emanating from private land and without that surcharge the surface water issue here would be minimal, therefore I have discussed this with FWAG and they will be contacting the land owner to advise and assist that land owner with some protection works, this would be on private land to remove this land drainage overspill.  They only received the information last week so this is still ongoing.’

702, 2022

Funds on offer for new ideas to boost Somerset’s tourism economy

Monday, February 7, 2022|

Funds on offer for new ideas to boost Somerset’s tourism economy

A new grant scheme has launched which will help expand Somerset’s tourism offer as the county’s visitor economy recovers from the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Grants of between £25,000 and £40,000 are available for Somerset SME businesses (small and medium size businesses of up to 250 employees), business partnerships, or community organisations wishing to introduce and implement a project that delivers genuinely new provision for visitors to the county.

The grant is part of the Visitor Economy Support Programme (VESP), an initiative developed in partnership by Somerset’s Local Authorities (Somerset County Council, Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West & Taunton Council, and South Somerset District Council) working closely with business representative bodies and wider stakeholders including Visit Somerset, Visit Exmoor, and Exmoor National Park Authority.

Projects supported by the Visitor Economy Innovation Grant will need to be completed in 2022, but applicants must also demonstrate that they will be sustainable for future years.

The grant has been designed to enhance Somerset’s tourism offer by backing genuinely new service provision, creating more ‘shoulder season’ opportunities to extend the main tourism season, targeting higher spend customer markets, and developing new partnerships to consolidate activities into visitor-friendly packages.

The deadline for applications to the Visitor Economy Innovation Grant is Monday, 14 March. Visit Somerset Visitor Economy Innovation Grant Scheme for more information about applying.

The Visitor Economy Support Programme is being funded through a Business Rates Retention pilot scheme that allows councils in Somerset to retain a proportion of the business rates income locally to invest in developing the economy and improving the way local authority services are delivered.

The VESP initiative has been designed to strengthen small and medium size businesses in the sector so that they become more resilient and build their competitiveness.

As part of this work there are also a number of VESP Skills Sessions running in the coming weeks, each tackling a specific area such as improving your business website, direct marketing, and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). Click here for more information on the tourism workshops on offer and how to apply.



602, 2022

70th anniversary of H M The Queen’s accession to the throne

Sunday, February 6, 2022|

Today marks Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

We pay tribute to her for her dignified and stable constant commitment to public service in our challenging world. We would like to express our sincere thanks to her for her unselfish dedication and commitment to our country and the Commonwealth.

602, 2022

Torbay Road closure for Gigaclear works 7-18th February

Sunday, February 6, 2022|

3101, 2022

Thermal Imaging Camera: Lending Scheme Initial trial for Area East communities in South Somerset

Monday, January 31, 2022|

Environmental Updates

2501, 2022

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Launches its ‘Blossoming and Blooming’ Open Gardens Initiative

Tuesday, January 25, 2022|

More information in this link:   Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Launches its Blossoming and Blooming Open Gardens Initiative

2501, 2022

Temporary Closure of Part of Bridleway WN 2/36 at Castle Cary Station from 5th February

Tuesday, January 25, 2022|

or click on the link for the document: Temporary Closure of Part of Bridleway WN 2/36 at Castle Cary Station

2001, 2022

Manor Farm / A359 bridge proposals – public consultation events

Thursday, January 20, 2022|

Emily Estate (UK) Limited

Hadspen House – Castle Cary – Somerset BA77NG

01963 359 172 [email protected]

Manor Farm / A359 bridge proposals – public consultation events

We will be holding public consultation events at Castle Cary Market House on

Thursday 27th of January between 1300 and 1730


Saturday 29th of January between 1000 and 1300

We will be exhibiting information and able to answer any questions about our two planning applications:

  • Replacement of the existing Manor Farm with a new purpose-built farm on adjacent land
  • New pedestrian and agricultural vehicle bridge over the A359

Please feel free to drop in and have a look over the plans and ask any questions you may have

If you can’t make it, and have any questions, please feel free to drop an email to [email protected]

Ed White

Project Manager

Emily Estate


Registered in England & Wales – Company No. 849 6160 Reg Office: Estate office, Hadspen House,

VAT Registration No. 166 7088 75 Castle Cary, Somerset BA7 7NG

1201, 2022

No Nat West van on Thursday 13th Jan!

Wednesday, January 12, 2022|

Unfortunately the Nat West van is being repaired and so will not be able to visit us tomorrow Thursday 13th Jan.  Hope fully all will be back to normal next week.

1101, 2022

£3.8m to help support Somerset households with food and bills this winter

Tuesday, January 11, 2022|

Press Release – L3.8m to help support Somerset households with food and bills this winter