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911, 2021


Tuesday, November 9, 2021|

There was an amazing turnout for Day 1 of the Public Inquiry for Castle Cary and Ansford regarding the field above Castle Cary station, so much so that the Inspector was extremely concerned that Caryford Hall was overcrowded.

Therefore it was adjourned to allow those who are happy to watch and participate online to get home. The links for the YouTube channel and the Zoom link for today (9th November) are below:


Zoom link to the Public Inquiry, Due to the Council having to stream via YouTube there will be a new meeting every day. The new links will be emailed at 5pm the day before. Please check your spam folders.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 893 3025 6545
Passcode: 867462

711, 2021

PUBLIC INQUIRY at Caryford Hall at 10 am on Tuesday, 9th November

Sunday, November 7, 2021|

PUBLIC INQUIRY at Caryford Hall, Maggs Ln, Ansford, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ with the facility to participate virtually

The Inquiry opens formally at 10 am on Tuesday, 9th November at Caryford Hall.

Members of the public are entitled to attend and are strongly encouraged to do so. Please be respectful of the Inspector, barristers and witnesses: shouting out, booing, etc., is always counterproductive.

If you plan to attend you may want to arrive a bit before 10 am. Hand washes and spare masks will be provided by SSDC and it is expected that masks will be worn.

Doors are likely to be open for ventilation so you may wish to wear something warm. If you plan to speak be prepared to identify yourself when the Inspector asks for third party speakers, usually early in the first session. It is almost certain local residents will be asked to speak on the first day.

We understand that the event will be live streamed on South Somerset District Council’s You Tube channel:


Members of the public may attend the Inquiry and, at the Inspector’s discretion, express their views.

If you wish to participate in the Inquiry virtually please contact the Local Planning Authority (email: [email protected]) for details of how to do so.

If you, or anyone you know has a disability and is concerned about facilities at the inquiry venue, you should contact South Somerset District Council ([email protected] 01935 462462) to confirm that suitable provisions are in place.

Documents relating to the appeal can be viewed at the SSDC offices by prior arrangement or on the SSDC website: https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/services/planning/planning-inquiries/appeal-by-wyke-farms-ltd-andrew-hopkins-concrete-ltd/

Where applicable, you can use the internet to see information and to check the progress of cases through GOV.UK. The address of the search page is – https://www.gov.uk/appeal-planning-inspectorate


1810, 2021

Latest testing advice for Somerset residents

Monday, October 18, 2021|

Latest testing advice for Somerset residents


Somerset’s Public Health leaders are advising people to retest if they are still displaying Covid-19 symptoms after receiving a negative PCR test result. The advice follows today’s national announcement regarding the suspension of a laboratory processing Covid-19 PCR tests.


In recent weeks there have been concerns around a number of people receiving negative PCR test results after they have previously tested positive on a Lateral Flow Device (LFD).


The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), formerly Public Health England, today released a statement to announce that testing of PCR samples at Immensa Health Clinic Ltd in Wolverhampton has been suspended following NHS Test and Trace investigation.

UKHSA say that while investigations are underway into the precise cause, NHS Test and Trace estimate that around 400,000 samples have been processed through the lab since September.  The vast majority of which will have been negative results, but an estimated 43,000 people may have been given incorrect negative PCR test results between 8 September and 12 October, mostly in the South West of England.

For those cases that were some time ago there is no need for further action.

NHS Test and Trace is however contacting the people who were tested more recently and could still be infectious to advise them to take another PCR test. Close contacts who are symptomatic will also be advised to take a PCR test in line with normal practice.  Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms should book a PCR test. Those with a positive LFD test should also get a follow up PCR test to confirm they have Covid-19.

This has been confirmed as an isolated incident attributed to one laboratory and all samples taken after 12 October are now being redirected to other laboratories.


Professor Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health for Somerset County Council, said: “This is an unfortunate incident that will have affected a significant number of PCR test results across the South West.  At present, we are being advised that NHS Test and Trace will be in touch with people that could still be infectious to advise them to take another test.


“However, if you are in any doubt at all about yourself or a loved one still displaying symptoms and tested before 13 October, please retest using either a home PCR testing kit or by getting a PCR test at one of the local testing sites.”


Councillor Clare Paul, Cabinet Member for Education and Public Health, said: “People should feel reassured that there are no technical issues with the LFD or PCR test kits themselves and no issues at any testing sites; people should continue to test as normal. All other labs are working normally.


“Our advice remains, if you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 or have a positive LFD test please stay at home and self-isolate for ten days to avoid infecting others and get a confirmatory PCR test within 48 hours.”


If you will lose income by completing the self-isolation process or staying at home looking after a child who is self-isolating, you can apply for a support payment by visiting: Claiming financial support under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


UKHSA’s full Statement can be viewed here: Testing at private lab suspended following NHS Test and Trace investigation – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


If you are concerned about how this might affect you or your family, please call the Somerset County Council Covid-19 support line on 0300 790 6275 or visit Get help (somerset.gov.uk).

1210, 2021

Petition against 200 houses above the station

Tuesday, October 12, 2021|

Castle Cary Town Council and Ansford Parish Council care about our history which includes the historic landscape around us. The proposed destruction of the Ansford Hill field above Castle Cary station with 200 houses is one development too many.
It has been consistently opposed by many residents, the Town Council and Ansford Parish Council, other public organisations and South Somerset District Council planners.
PLEASE drop in to the Market House,  Bailey Hill Bookshop or several other shops in town and sign the petition opposing this. If you can,  please attend the Public Inquiry at Caryford Hall on 9th-12th November. The first day will start at 10am and we need to show the Inspector how much this development is opposed by the locality.


610, 2021

Retrofit Bruton & Cary

Wednesday, October 6, 2021|

Environmental Updates

2809, 2021

Welcome to Bob Sherrard!

Tuesday, September 28, 2021|

At the Full Council meeting on Monday 20th September Bob Sherrard was co-opted on to Castle Cary Town Council. All Councillors welcome him and look forward to working with him.

Meanwhile, we currently have two vacancies on Castle Cary Town Council, that the Council will be seeking to fill by co-option.

2809, 2021

Concerned about getting the Covid-19 vaccine?

Tuesday, September 28, 2021|

2709, 2021


Monday, September 27, 2021|

Day Care Centre now open and ‘The Clinic’ opening in November: https://www.oldschoolqueencamel.org.uk/news/

2209, 2021

Apple Day Art Lecture – Correction to Details

Wednesday, September 22, 2021|

Apple Day in Castle Cary is not long away! 10th October brings our free celebration of all things apple at The Market House from 11am-3pm. Please note a change of time for our later illustrated lecture, organised by the Cary History Society: Forbidden Fruit: A History of Art as told by Apples . The speaker Colin Wiggins was former Official Lecturer at the National Gallery.  This will be at Caryford Hall starting at 5pm. Doors open at 4.30 – refreshments available.  Tickets £5 from Bailey Hill Bookshop – and available on the door only if there are any left.

Hope to see you at The Market House and at Caryford Hall!

1309, 2021

Castle Cary & Ansford Autumn newsletter

Monday, September 13, 2021|

Castle Cary & Ansford Autumn newsletter