PC News and Information


Temporary Road Closure: ttro272456SS – OB – Shute Lane, Bruton

Please follow the link to view the above road closure; https://one.network/?tm=128582346 and the link for the Notice 2https://api-gb.one.network/downloads/tm/1111/03-notice-2_128582346_3434726_abd0fc3ff2.pdf          
The order becomes effective on 19th May 2022 and will remain in force for eighteen months.

The works are expected to commence on 26th May 2022 and last for 2 days to enable Obelisk to undertake PIA works in the highway, including excavation, as part of the Fibre of the Home Project. 

The contractor has indicated that access for Emergency Services through the site  is not permitted on this occasion.

For any further information about this closure please contact Obelisk on 0345 434 9992, quoting reference: ttro272456SS – OB – Shute Lane, Bruton.

Please note that should you require to view a closure which is more than two weeks ahead, you will need to register for free with www.One.Network



Are you a bus user?

We need a bus user from our area to become the local representative to liaise with the Somerset Bus Partnership.

Somerset County Council is bidding for £163 million of Government funding to upgrade bus services in Somerset. Once the final Government grant is known, Somerset County Council will begin working jointly with the bus operators in an ‘Enhanced Partnership’ to determine the nature of future bus services in the County. By April 2022, these new bus services will become operational.

So it is of crucial importance that Somerset County Council is made aware of local priorities for bus services: where the buses need to go, how frequently, at what times including whether in the evenings and at weekends.

Somerset Bus Partnership will hold occasional zoom meetings at which the representative can put forward the local view on bus priorities in Somerset and each quarter they would be asked to produce a short report providing an update on local bus issues. Our local needs can then be incorporated within the submissions that the Partnership makes to Somerset County Council.

Maybe you are the person who could be that local representative? Or you know someone who is suited to the role. Whilst it is not an onerous role, it is a very important one given our bus services will be going through their biggest organisational shake-up in over 30 years.

If you are interested in taking on the representative role for Shepton Montague Parish please contact the Parish Clerk by email at sheptonmontagueparishclerk@gmail.com saying which bus route you use and which of the following apply to you:

  • Regular bus user 
  • Occasional bus user 
  • Parent with school children who go by bus to school 
  • Shift worker 
  • Evening bus user 
  • Hospital outpatient 
  • Disabled 

Many thanks.


Retrofit Bruton and Cary

Dear Parish Chairs and Clerks,

I am emailing to let you know about the launch of Retrofit Bruton and Cary– A new 18-month project funded by Somerset County Council’s Climate Emergency Community Fund, delivered by Bruton Town Council in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable EnergyOne Planet Bruton and Greener Cary

From 4 October 2021, Justine Mallinson, our professionally qualified and experienced Retrofit Assessor & Co-ordinator, will give clear, impartial advice and support to homeowners, to help them plan and deliver exactly the right energy efficiency improvements for their homes. 

This service will be available in Bruton, Castle Cary and surrounding Parishes. I invite you to draw the service to the attention of your residents. Charges will apply for homeowners in some parts of this area, and for larger properties.

We have known for years that if we are to have any hope of meeting our net zero targets, we will need to insulate our existing housing stock, and switch to cleaner sources of energy. Many residents have the means and wish to improve their homes, but don’t know where to start. Our service will offer the expert impartial advice and support they need to get going…

For more details please visit Retrofit.brutontown.com

With best regards,

Ewan Jones
Chair of Bruton Town Council


Planning application 21/01706/FUL Robin Cottage and 2 Vernigore, Welham.

The above planning application is to be discussed at the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 29th June. Paul Rawson from The Newt will be attending to explain the proposal and answer any queries.   As we have to meet COVID guidelines, the number of people we are allowed into the Village Hall at one time is severely limited so if you have any queries or points on the planning application that Paul Rawson may be able to help with please email them to me and I will read them out in the meeting on your behalf.

Many thanks


Parish Clerk          email: sheptonmontagueparishclerk@gmail.com

Avon and Somerset Police – Somerton and Wincanton

 June 2021 Newsletter 

The latest newsletter, which contains some useful information for residents, is available here.

The two Springer Spaniels stolen from North Cheriton have happily since been recovered, but it’s a timely reminder that dog thefts have increased substantially and owners need to be alert to risks.



 MAY 2021

 Future Parish, Town and City Council meetings: The government announced on the 25th March that the Coronavirus regulations allowing for remote Parish, Town and City Council meetings would not be extended beyond 6th May 2021. A subsequent legal challenge launched by Hertfordshire County Council has failed in the High Court and effectively means that all Council meetings scheduled for the 7th May or later will now have to be held in public, face-to-face.

The Government have however launched a consultation on allowing remote or hybrid meetings on a permanent basis via their website:


 Road map out of lockdown: From 17th May most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted – although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal. Indoors, the Rule of 6 or 2 households will apply. Most businesses but those in the highest risk sectors will be able to reopen including indoor hospitality. Venues will not have to serve a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks; nor will there be a curfew. Customers will, however, have to order, eat and drink while seated. Other locations to open include indoor entertainment such as cinemas and children’s play areas; hotels, hostels and B&Bs; and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes. Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and wakes, as well as funerals.   The final step of the road map is scheduled for June 21st

Coronavirus infection rates: As at 30th April the number of confirmed Covid cases in Somerset was 20,272 (up from 19,982 on 1st April) and the number of Covid-attributed deaths 796 (787). The rate per 100,000 stands at 13.7 for Somerset with Mendip at 17.3, Sedgemoor at 17.0, South Somerset 10.7 and SW&T at 11.6. The number of total deaths across the County is currently 20% below the 5-year average and the latest R-value for Somerset is between 0.7 and 1.1.

It is vitally important to remember, even those who have had a jab, to observe Hands-Face-Space and to Ventilate indoor areas at all times.

 Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline: A single phone number continues to be available for anyone in Somerset who needs Coronavirus-related support. 0300 790 6275, is open seven days a week from 8am to 6pm.

Vaccination programme roll-out: Somerset has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country with the latest figures showing 324,147 having received at least their first vaccination or 70% of the 16+ population. In addition 151,528 have received their second dose. Take up rates across the County of the first dose remains very high: 80+ (98.7%), 75-79 (100%), 70-74 (99.7%), 65-69 (92.0%), 60-64 (97.4%), 55-59 (96.3%), 50-54 (90.8%) and 45-49 (61.2%).

One Somerset: The government’s public consultation (the only guaranteed way for the public to have a say) into changing the way local councils work in Somerset ended on the 19th April. For more information visit:  www.onesomerset.org.uk

 Motorcycle Road Safety: Somerset County Council’s road safety team, have launched Raise your Ride, an exciting new initiative for motorcyclists who make up only c.1-2% of traffic, but represent c.21-23% of all road casualties in the UK. The next Raise your Ride events are in Wellington on Sunday 23 May, Frome on Sunday 20 June and Yeovil on Sunday 5 September. The cost for the day is £45 per person. For more information visit www.somersetroadsafety.org/page/raise-your-ride/124/

Primary School places:  This year more than 98 per cent of Somerset children were offered a primary school place at one of their top three choices, the County Council’s latest school admission figures show. Of the 5,365 primary school applications received this year: 1st preference met – 94.58 per cent (5,074 applications), 2nd preference – 3.37 per cent (181 applications) and 3rd preference – 0.56 per cent (30 applications).

Care provider support: Somerset County Council have agreed an additional £8.6 million package for 2021/22 for Care providers to help them mitigate against the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The total includes a £4.5 million substantive fee increase, and a £4.1m additional one-off 3% Covid supplement paid as a lump sum at the beginning of the financial year to help providers with cash flow.

Kickstart work placements: Somerset County Council has partnered with local employers to offer 50 six-month work placements through the Kickstart Programme, and the vacancies are now live. There are a variety of placements available that could lead to permanent jobs including laboratory stewards, engineering assistants, teaching assistants, business administration roles, grounds assistants, Young People’s Champions and more. The Kickstart Programme offers young people aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit the chance to land a six-month work placement, paid at national minimum wage for 25 hours per week. Details are available through the Young Persons work coach at their local job centre.

Coastal Story Walks: Somerset’s seafaring heritage and lost legends are brought to life in a newset of ‘story walks’ being launched by the County Council. Created by local poet Chris Jelley, and brought to you by the  Rights of Way Team, the set of 12 Storywalks can be accessed by phone or tablet connecting walkers to the local landscape and history. The walks are between one and five km long and are set from Brean Down in the north to Minehead in the west. Simply go to the England Coast Path Story walks page   https://englandcoastpath.storywalks.info/

Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme: Young people inspired by the recent media attention about the D of E charity are encouraged to get in touch to learn new skills, take part in physical activities and gain an award at the end. In addition those who started an award at school, college or in a group such as Guides or Scouts, but didn’t finish are also encouraged to get in touch. A Somerset Bursary Fund offers grants to enable disadvantaged young people in Somerset to complete a D of E programme. Those aged between 14-24 living in Somerset who would like to know more are encouraged to get in touch by emailing DofE@somerset.gov.uk

Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure roll out locations

The much needed EV Charging Network that SSDC is working on in partnership with the DELETTI Devon Electric Vehicle Charging Network project, is in its finalisation for installing from this summer at the previously chosen car parks listed below. The winning tenderer was Scottish Power who are working on the locations of the EV charging parking bays within these carparks.

Scottish Power will be installing one dual charger each of 22kW supply to be able to charge 2 EVs at the same time.

Scottish Power will be supplying the power from their own renewable energy supplies mainly wind farms.

The locations for the EV charging installations, which will be phased across the SSDC owned and operated car parks starting this summer and being completed by the end of the year, are set out below.

SSDC Car parks for DELETTI EV Charging Infrastructure:

Orchard Lane (South Street -MARKED BAYS ONLY) , Crewkerne

Millers Garage, Crewkerne

Millbrook Gardens, Castle Cary

Moorlands, Martock

Orchard Vale, Ilminster

Prigg Lane, South Petherton

Ham Hill Road, Stoke Sub Hamdon

Petters Way Car Park (Outside Petters House), Yeovil

Petters Way Car Park (Octogan end of car park), Yeovil

South Street Market Car Park, Yeovil

Huish Car Park, Yeovil

Stars Lane, Yeovil

(Goldenstones) Ninesprings Café, Yeovil Country Park

Yeovil Recreation Ground

Westland’s Entertainment/Leisure Complex, Yeovil

South Somerset Council Offices Brympton Way

Tolbury Mill Bruton

Market Field Fores Street, Chard

Bath Street, Chard

Essex Close carpark, Chard

West Street, Crewkerne

Court Ash, Yeovil

Goldcroft, Yeovil

Fairfield, Yeovil

West Hendford, Yeovil

Chard Reservoir

Yeovil Innovation Centre

This will be the start of the future expansion of EV charging infrastructure for the community meeting the SSDC Environment Strategy.

You may also be interested in the e-car and e- bike share survey investigating community interest in a shared EV scheme across the district too. This is soon to close so please submit your response and share with your communities by the 21st of May. https://bit.ly/SSomerset  

Planning consultation

 The Parish Council has received notification from South Somerset District Council of a consultation on an application for a two-storey extension at Summerhill, Welham.

This will be added to the agenda for the Parish Council meeting on 2nd March.

A copy of the consultation is available here should residents which more detail or to submit comments by following the details set out in the document.

Emily Estate Planning Application

The Parish Council has been notified of an application in respect of the previously proposed construction  of a museum and associated works on the land west of Cattle Hill. Although located in Pitcombe parish, there would be a potential impact on Shepton Montague.

The notification of the consultation is available here..

Residents wishing to see more detail and/or comment on the application should use the South Somerset Planning Portal. Use this link and copy and paste the application reference 20/03675/S73A.


Date 4 December 2020     

APPLICATION NO. 20/02800/S73A APPLICANT  Shepton Farms Limited

PROPOSAL: S73A application to vary conditions 3 and 6 of planning approval 19/00311/FUL to allow sales and collection of apple juice and cider produced on the holding and to allow the retention of the safety light erected on the premises.

LOCATION: Land By Higher Shepton Road Higher Shepton Road Shepton Montague Wincanton Somerset 

South Somerset District Council is obliged to consult Town/Parish Councils as statutory consultees. You are not obliged to respond but if you wish your comments to be taken into account please follow the instructions below. 

Documents relating to this application can be viewed on our website, enter 20/02800/S73A on the planning search page on our website. 

Your observations on this proposal should be email to us by 25 December 2020 to  planning@southsomerset.gov.uk .  If individual residents wish to make observations could they please copy their email to sheptonmontague.clerk@gmail.com in order to help the Parish Council formulate a considered response.

In order to support efficient decision making please ensure you respond by the date above. Extensions to this timescale will rarely be granted, but if you have any difficulty in meeting this timescale please contact planning@southsomerset.gov.uk as soon as you receive this consultation. If you cannot meet the deadline then your comments may not be taken into account. 

Please quote the planning application reference 20/02800/S73A on all correspondence. 


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

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