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!
Somerset County Council
District of South Somerset
Parish of Pitcombe
Temporary Closure of Hadspen to Cole
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 propose to make an Order PROHIBITING ALL TRAFFIC from
proceeding along Hadspen to Cole from the junction with Nettlecombe Hill,
northwards for a distance of 220 metres.
The full formal notice and a map of the official diversion route is available here.
BUS SERVICE 667 STREET – CASTLE CARY – BRUTON – WINCANTON
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.
PARISH COUNCIL ELECTION 2019
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
PLANNING APPLICATION SEARCHES
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
EMILY ESTATE UPDATE 15 FEBRUARY 2019
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.
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.
A 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.
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.
HADSPEN / EMILY ESTATE PROPOSED PLANS FOR MUSEUM AND REPLICA ROMAN VILLA
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org