PC News and Information

Urgent Road Closure: TTRO435448SS – Dropping Lane, Bruton

Please be aware that we have received notification of an urgent road closure at Dropping Lane, Bruton, which  will commence on 1st March 2021 and is expected to last until 5th March 2021 (the closure is between the hours of  00:0023:59). 

These works are for SCC (Highways Maintenance) to carry out drainage repair works, their works reference is LG210YYEO4027.

For any further information about this closure please contact  SCC (Highways Maintenance) on  0300 123 2224, quoting reference: TTRO435448SS – Dropping Lane, Bruton.

A map of the affected area (in red), together with the recommended diversion route (in purple) is shown below, in the link to One.Network. https://one.network/?tm=121331403

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.



Wessex Internet recently installed an ultrafast fire broadband network in Stoney Stoke, Shepton Montague and Welham providing residents and businesses in the area with access to a 1Gbps connection, the fastest and most reliable broadband available.

The cost of building this network was subsidised by Rural Gigabit Connectivity Vouchers (RGCV), a Government scheme to give financial support to homes and businesses in rural areas to get connected to the best connectivity – on par with that in towns and cities.  

By applying for a voucher, all homes and businesses that signed up to the service were able to have the fibre installed directly to their property for free as the voucher covered the cost of all groundworks. As a resident you can claim up to £1,500 for your installation.  If you are a business, you can claim up to £3,500 (plus VAT).

Launched in May 2019, the RGCV scheme has helped thousands of rural homes access ultrafast broadband, but it will now close to any further applications at the end of March.

Of course, Wessex Internet will continue to supply ultrafast fibre broadband in your area for many years to come, but we would hate for anyone who was planning to take a service to miss out on this funding.

There is still enough time for you to apply – all you have to do is register online with us no later than Sunday 28th March and we will do the rest.  It’s a straightforward process.  All we do is apply for a voucher on your behalf – then connect you.

Our dedicated team has worked on many installations in your area, working within strict Covid 19 guidelines to ensure your safety and well being at all times.  

This generous funding from the government is in place for you to take up, so if you have been considering getting a better internet connection, now is the time to act.  There is still funding available, so don’t leave it too late.

Register with us by Sunday 28th March 2021

Register your interest at www.wessexinternet.com/iwantfullfibre or call us on 0333 240 7997.

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.

Census 2021

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published a press release setting out some preliminary information on the national census which will take place on 21st March 2021.

The release is available here.


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. 

Avian influenza (bird flu): Latest situation

New housing measures will come into force in England, Scotland and Wales on 14 December.


The Chief Veterinary Officers for England, Scotland and Wales have agreed to bring in new measures to help protect poultry and captive birds, following a number of cases of avian influenza in both wild and captive birds in the UK.

Government Chief Veterinary Officers are encouraging bird keepers to use the next 11 days to prepare for new housing measures, including taking steps to safeguard animal welfare, consult their vet and where necessary put up additional housing.

Whether you keep just a few birds as pets or thousands, from 14 December onwards you will be legally required to keep your birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds. We have not taken this decision lightly, but it is the best way to protect your birds from this highly infectious disease.

Poultry and captive bird keepers are advised to be vigilant for any signs of disease in their birds and any wild birds, and seek prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns. They can help prevent avian flu by maintaining good biosecurity on their premises, including:

  • housing or netting all poultry and captive birds
  • cleansing and disinfecting clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds – if practical, use disposable protective clothing
  • reducing the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products, and using effective vermin control
  • thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting housing at the end of a production cycle
  • keeping fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all points where people should use it, such as farm entrances and before entering poultry and captive bird housing or enclosures
  • minimising direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds

Register your birds

We encourage all keepers to register their birds with us so we can contact you quickly if there is a disease outbreak in your area and you need to take action.

If you have more than 50 birds, you are legally required to register your flock within one month of their arrival at your premises. If you have less than 50 birds, including pet birds, you are still strongly encouraged to register.

Find out how to register your birds.

Poultry and captive bird keepers and members of the public should report dead wild birds to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77 (option 7), and keepers should report suspicion of disease to APHA on 03000 200 301. Keepers should familiarise themselves with our avian flu advice.

Public Health England advise the risk to public health from the H5N8 and H5N2 strains of bird flu is very low.

The Food Standards Agency has said that on the basis of the current scientific evidence, avian influenza poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.

Wessex Internet update

After months of planning, we are delighted to announce construction for full-fibre is now in progress for the Shepton Montague Project. Our Construction Team started near Redlynch last week and are now making their way south-west towards Shepton Montague. 

Due to the size of the project, the Construction Team will be in the area throughout November and once the network build has been completed, our Service Delivery Team will be in touch to book your garden works and installations. 

Government funding is still available and it’s not too late  to register your interest! You can register your interest by calling us on 0333 240 7997 or online via: 



Stoke Farm, Stoney Stoke

There has been much interest locally in the extensive works planned at Stoke Farm since its purchase by Sarah Beeny and Graham Swift.

Their story will feature in a new eight-part TV series, ‘Sarah Beeny’s New Life in The Country’, airing on Channel 4 on Wednesdays at 8pm, starting on 11th November.

Great Parish Tree Giveaway

 South Somerset District Council are repeating the successful scheme run earlier this year to provide Parish Councils with 50 free trees for planting within their parish.

Owners of suitable sites are invited to contact the Parish Clerk at sheptonmontague.clerk@gmail.com for more information and to register their interest in taking part.

Formal applications are requested from Councils by 16th November with cell grown trees, stakes and guards made available for collection in late November or early December.

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 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