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Application for bids invited for Somerset Climate Emergency Community Fund   2020-2021

In February 2020, the Leader of Somerset County Council announced that £1 million would be made available for city, town and parish
councils to support local communities. A new grant scheme is now available to help local communities take positive action to help Somerset become carbon neutral and mitigate the impacts of Climate Change.

From 1 October the Parish Council is invited to bid for between £5,000 and £75,000 for innovative projects that can make a real difference
in reducing carbon emissions and can contribute to making Somerset resilient to the effects of Climate Change.  

 Qualifying projects will include those to reduce carbon emissions, reduce consumption and to implement activities around climate
change mitigation and adaptation.  Please submit your proposals to the Parish Clerk (sheptonmontague.clerk@gmail.com) for consideration at the Parish Council meeting on 6th October 2021.  Closing date 28th September 2020.

Full details, including an example of the application form, are now available at


The following documents and information are now available on this website:

  •      FAQs  about the Somerset Climate Emergency Fund
  •      Climate Emergency Community Fund – Guidance for Applicants



Somerset County Council

 District of South Somerset

 Parish of Shepton Montague

 Temporary Closure of Knowle Bridge Road

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 have made an Order PROHIBITING ALL TRAFFIC from proceeding along Knowle Bridge Road for a distance of approximately 749 metres.

This order will enable Somerset Highways to carry out resurfacing works.

The Order becomes effective on 10 September 2020 and will remain in force for eighteen months. The works are expected to commence on 14th September 2020 and last until 18th September 2020 between the hours of (07:30 – 17:30) for a total of 5 days.

A full copy of the notice and details of the diversion route are available here.

Somerset Weekly Workstream Update – 19 June 2020

This document, available for download, summarises the latest position on key activities and initiatives undertaken by Somerset County Council in relation to Covid-19. It includes data dashboards relating to public health.

New planning application by Emily Estate

The Emily Estate has submitted a planning application for the site at Searts Barns/Cottages (Cattle Hill).  Whilst this is just outside the Shepton Montague parish boundary the development could have an impact on the village.

 The application has the reference: 20/01446/FUL –  copy the application reference and paste it into the SSDC planning portal search page.

The plan is to restore the derelict agricultural buildings, rebuild one cottage and also construct two new barns – in order to create 6 holiday properties, plus pool and ancillary buildings, as part of The Newt in Somerset’s range of visitor accommodation. 

If you wish to make a comment on the application this can be done via the planning portal above.





Have your say about providing care closer to home in Somerset

Health and care services in Somerset are running an engagement programme to gather feedback from local people about providing care closer to home.

Health and care services in Somerset aim to support people to live independent, healthier lives by having the right services in the right place for their needs, available at the right time and delivered by the right people. The engagement programme runs until 12 April 2020. 

Everyone who lives and works in Somerset is invited to join in, think about and help shape a new way of providing services which is, where practical, closer to where they live, supports independence and maintains health. Everyone’s input, ideas and suggestions are vital to helping them make sure that we have the right services in the right place.

The engagement document shares with everyone the reasons why current services need to change and the challenges faced in continuing to run them.

Using all the feedback received, a number of ways that health and care services could be delivered differently will be developed. There will be public consultation about these potential options in the future.

Health and care services would like to know what you think about their ideas so far and get your feedback. You can read the full engagement document on their website at www.fitformyfuture.org.uk or contact them by email somccg.fitformyfuture@nhs.net or telephone 01935 384119.


Bus service 39 (previously 19) Bruton to Yeovil – Fridays only

Due to new legislation which is being introduced by central government from 1st January 2020, which requires all coaches to be accessible, Somerset County Council will be taking over the operation of this route from the 2nd January 2020.  After looking at passenger numbers, we will be using a minibus to better match demand, rather than a coach.  We’ve also had to make some changes to the timetables, in order to accommodate other work the vehicle is used for.

A copy of the new timetable from 03/01/2020 is available here.

Connecting Devon and Somerset launch new public consultation on superfast broadband

CDS have announced a public consultation in support of State Aid Funding to extend the availability of Next Generation Access (delivering download speeds in excess of 30mps) to those areas where there is currently no planned provision.

The document describing the process for the consultation is available here. Nice to know they haven’t given up, but probably wise not to hold our collective breath!



A revised timetable for bus service 667 Street to Wincanton with a stop in Shepton Montague, which is funded by Somerset County Council and operated by South West Coaches,  will be introduced from Monday 2 September 2019.

The new timetable is available here.


Six candidates have been nominated for the five Council seats available. Therefore an election of Councillors will take place on Thursday 2nd May 2019, at the same time as the election of a Councillor for the Tower Ward of South Somerset District Council.

The persons nominated are:

Dowding, Oliver Hugh Arnold

Hunter, Julia Margaret

Reed, Richard Paul

Sykes, John Brailsford

Wiley, Andrew Gerald Cozens

Williams, Paul Robert Edwin


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



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.


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