PC News and Information


Elections of Councillors for both Shepton Montague Parish Council and the Tower Ward of South Somerset District Council are due to take place on Thursday 2nd May 2019.

Anyone wishing to stand for either of these elections must submit nomination papers by 16.00 on Wednesday 3rd April 2019.

For the Parish Council nomination papers and further information can be obtained by emailing the Parish Clerk at hill.bowden@btinternet.com.

The formal notices for each election are available below:

Parish Councils Notice of Election

District Council Notice of Election


South Somerset District Council has produced guidance on searching for planning applications on their new website. The guidance is available here.

The Council website address is




Redlynch Road, Dropping Lane and Station Road, Bruton 

 Somerset County Council as the Highway Authority have received an application for the temporary closure of Redlynch Road, Dropping Lane and Station Road from Aplant Lux Traffic Control.

These roads will be closed from 25th March 2019 and are expected to last for 10 days (excluding the weekend) 09:30-15:30 to enable BT Openreach safe access to underground structures and overhead network and carry out tree cutting and fibre cabling for new customer connection.

You will find a plan showing the length of the closure in RED and the alternative route in BLUE here.

Every effort will be made to keep the duration of this closure to a minimum to reduce any further disruption.

For any further information please contact A-Plant Lux Traffic Control on

03700 500 792.


Please accept, on behalf of everyone at Emily Estate, our apologies for any inconvenience caused by the traffic lights on the A371 and the A359. The works on the A359 will provide a turning lane for traffic arriving at the Visitor attraction and hotel, providing a safer turning and avoiding local traffic being delayed. The A371 works will provide an underpass thus, as much as practicably possible, keeping estate and visitor traffic away from the main highway when accessing other parts of the estate.

Also, in conjunction with Somerset highways, we have taken this opportunity to even out the bend that has been the cause of so many accidents. We had been hoping to phase the works but the Highways permissions for one of the projects was received much later than anticipated. The contractors have been asked to ensure that the lights are serviced on a regular basis as we have been made aware that they are sometimes faulty.

18th/19th Feb: There is likely to be some disruption to the entrance of Green Lane opposite A359 gate of Emily Estate.

6-8 March: There will be a total road closure on Cary Edge Lane whilst the stretch outside the new visitor carpark is resurfaced. This is a fixed date for a formal road closure and will be signed and diverted accordingly.

18th March: (weather and programme permitting) will final surfacing on the A359 stretch. On this day, during short periods, there will be long delays at the works whilst the centre of the road is surfaced. There will not be a road closure but the traffic will need to be stopped and held for up to 15 mins, on 1 or 2 occasions during that day. This date is not fixed and it will be confirmed exactly which day it will be nearer the time. We will put signs up with advance notice a week prior.

22nd March: A359 traffic lights should be removed

31st March: A371 traffic lights should be removed

We do appreciate your patience and thank you for bearing with us.



Redlynch Road, Pitcombe 

 Somerset County Council as the Highway Authority have received an application for the temporary closure of Redlynch Road from Somerset County Council.

This road will be closed from 04th March 2019 and is expected to last for 12 days (including the weekend) to enable localised sections of restoration to verge depressions and carriageway edge repairs to be carried out.

Click here for a plan showing the length of the closure in RED and the alternative route in BLUE.

Every effort will be made to keep the duration of this closure to a minimum to reduce any further disruption.

For any further information please contact Somerset County Council on 0300 123 2224.



Cary Edge Lane, Shepton Montague 

 Somerset County Council as the Highway Authority have received an application for the temporary closure of Cary Edge Lane from Mildren Construction.

This road will be closed from 06th March 2019 and is expected to last for 3 days to enable drainage improvements, carriageway widening and re-surfacing works to be carried out.

Click here for a plan showing the length of the closure in RED and the alternative route in BLUE.

Every effort will be made to keep the duration of this closure to a minimum to reduce any further disruption.

For any further information please contact Mildren Construction on 01202 487480

EMILY ESTATE UPDATE 4 JANUARY 2019 – from Sue Seager

We will soon be commencing the recruitment process for the majority of the teams required for the Visitor Attraction and Hotel. We are looking for cheerful, positive, trustworthy people with a can do attitude with a variety of skills. 

Details of the substantial number of full and part time roles which will be available initially, with a preference for local recruitment, can be viewed here.

Getting rural areas connected

Mobile and broadband coverage are improving in the UK, but too many rural areas still get a poor signal – according to Ofcom’s annual Connected Nations report, published 18 December 2018.

While there have been improvements in mobile coverage, Ofcom wants to see faster progress in rolling out mobile internet to areas still lacking good coverage. So today we have set out updated plans to release new airwaves for mobile services, including requirements for operators to significantly increase outdoor data coverage.

We plan to auction two spectrum ‘bands’ for mobile services together, in late 2019 or early 2020.

  • The 700 MHz band.
  • The 3.6 GHz – 3.8 GHz band.

Ofcom plans to include binding coverage rules with the spectrum. These mean that up to two winning bidders would each have to, within four years of the award:

  • Extend good, outdoor data coverage to at least 90% of the UK’s entire land area within four years of the award.
  • Improve coverage for at least 140,000 homes and offices which they do not already cover. This means new coverage will be targeted at areas that are harder to reach; and
  • Provide coverage from at least 500 new mobile mast stations in rural areas. This will ensure operators transform coverage in areas where it is lacking, rather than meeting the rules by just boosting existing signals.

During next year’s auction, the price for winning airwaves that carry these rules would be discounted by up to £300-400m – to reflect the significant investment required to meet them, and the social benefits they will deliver.

Sharing spectrum to support coverage and innovation

Ofcom has today also published plans to allow certain spectrum to be shared by different users, to support innovation and local coverage initiatives across the UK economy. This includes proposals to make spectrum available for shared use in the 1800 MHz and 2300 MHz bands, which can be used by existing mobile handsets. We also plan to enable third parties to use airwaves that are licensed to mobile operators, but not being used by them. This could be particularly suitable for local communities to boost coverage.

Broadband progress and ensuring safe, reliable networks

Today’s Connected Nations report also shows progress made in extending decent broadband coverage to the whole country, which has reduced from 4% of premises to 2% in the last year. There have also been improvements to the availability of superfast, ultrafast and full-fibre broadband. These are detailed in the report, as well as Ofcom’s work with industry to help ensure the safety and reliability of the UK’s communications networks.

news release is available.

Finally, Ofcom has also today published its International Broadband Scorecard – comparing availability, usage and choice of broadband across 19 countries; and a report on Economic Geography, which examines factors that affect 3G and 4G mobile coverage in different areas of the UK.

EMILY ESTATE UPDATE 26 NOVEMBER 2018 – from Sue Seager

We received notification on Friday 23rd November, from SSDC that they will commence the road widening works on the A359 during the week commencing 5th December these will continue until March 2019.  The works will start at the Hadspen exit on the A359 moving down to the Cary Edge Lane entrance.  These works will require temporary traffic lights which will not be in use whenever work does not require them and will also be taken down during the Christmas period.  There will be no requirements for a total road closure.

EMILY ESTATE UPDATE 17 NOVEMBER 2018 – from Sue Seager

Just so as everyone is aware that the excavations that are going on at the Roman villa site are not the commencement of building works.  Emily Estate, are, at the County archaeologists request, digging some trial trenches.  These are to determine whether, in the event that we are granted planning permission, there will be anything that would be damaged during the construction of the villa or Museum.  Any finds will be recorded and reported back to SSDC.

Libraries Redesign programme 2018

Recommendations for the future of Somerset’s Libraries Service were unveiled on the 16 October with a final decision expected to be made on the 5 November.

19 existing library buildings are recommended to be retained by Somerset County Council.

For the remaining 15 library buildings, Somerset County Council would seek to develop ‘Community Library Partnerships’ (CLPs) where communities would support library buildings in partnership with the County Council.

Where this proves not to be possible, library buildings would close and alternative means of delivering library services in communities such as outreach services and/or mobile library stops would be implemented.

The 19 libraries where services are recommended to remain the same are: Bridgwater town centre, Burnham-on-Sea, Chard, Cheddar, Crewkerne, Dulverton, Frome, Glastonbury, Ilminster, Langport, Martock, Minehead, Shepton Mallet (likely to move to a new location, which would be determined next year), Taunton town centre, Wellington, Wells, Williton, Wincanton and Yeovil town centre.

Community Library Partnerships expressions of interest will now be invited from the following 15 communities: Bishops Lydeard, Bruton, Castle Cary, Highbridge, Milborne Port, Nether Stowey, North Petherton, Porlock (with the aim to continue their existing Community Library Partnership in its present format), Priorswood (Taunton), Somerton, Street, South Petherton, Sunningdale (Yeovil), Watchet and Wiveliscombe.

You can view more information about Community Library Partnerships, the detailed libraries redesign decision recommendations and the evidence on which they were based here.

If you have any questions about the changes please:

    • email: librariesmail@somerset.gov.uk
    • or write to: Libraries Service, B3S, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY
    • or contact Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224.

As part of Somerset County Council’s efforts to reduce costs in order to avoid  bankruptcy, winter highways services are being reduced. During the winter of 2018/19 precautionary gritting will only cover 17% of the county’s roads compared to 21% in the previous year.

A map of the roads which will be gritted, plus those which have been previously but will not now be covered is available here.

To show that you haven’t been completely abandoned to the mercy of the elements there is also a map showing the location of salt bins in South Somerset here.


South Somerset District Council are currently considering a planning application to build a museum and replica Roman villa at Hadspen Estate at the top of Cattle Hill.

Planning application number 18/02384/FUL

Salt/Grit Bins

There are 5 salt/grit bins in the parish located as follows:

1) Stoney Stoke

2) In East Street,  on the verge opposite The Hollows.

3) In Lower Shepton at the bottom of Horns Lane.

4) At the crossroads near the Montague Inn.

5)  On the High Street opposite Fairbank House

All except number 5 are full of salt/grit for use by residents in winter conditions.  Number 5 will be filled shortly.

In addition, there are a few bags of salt/grit which can be requested by contacting the Parish Clerk on 01749812564 or by email: hill.bowden@btinternet.com