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A358 Dualling Project

Our chair has been working closely with Highways England. There will be several events where you can see what the current plans for equestrians will be and have you say.

Themed webinars

We’re hosting some themed webinars on Microsoft Teams with out project team, focusing on different topics and specialist areas.  At these, one-hour-long, events our team will give a short presentation and then take questions from attendees.  You can submit your questions using the chat function (which can be used anonymously). 

Webinar themeDateTime
Walking, cycling and horse-riding, including disabled users ​Monday 1 November ​3pm ​

Face-to-face consultation event: Monks Yard, Ilminster

From 23 Oct 2021 at 11:00 to 23 Oct 2021 at 18:00

More information

Face-to-face consultation event: Holiday Inn, Taunton

From 3 Nov 2021 at 11:00 to 3 Nov 2021 at 18:00

More information

See https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/a358-taunton-to-southfields-2021consultation/ for more information.

Issues on route in Charlton Musgrove

https://roam.somerset.gov.uk/roam/Map

The bridleway near Barrow running from Stavordale Farm to New Park Farm (WN 8/15 and WN 8/16/1) has recently been fenced with barbed wire making it potentially dangerous for horses and their riders.

We would like to hear from you if rode this route before the fence went up, if you still ride it and have experienced any issues since.

Thank you.

Volunteer! Tree planting to mark a new bridleway in Compton Dundon

Would you like to join the Compton Dundon Volunteers on Tuesday 23rd March from 10.00 to plant trees (small whips) in the Parish Council Allotment land between Peak Lane and Somerton Road?

The new hedgeline will delineate the boundary of a new permissive bridleway (see route below). 

The new green lane would run from the B3151 opposite L7/12 (Restricted Byway Touch Lane) through an existing vehicular access around the fields to Peak Lane by the southern end of Public Footpath L7/11. Pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders will be able to cross the B3151 where there are clear sight lines and no longer need to travel along the road to/from the Peak Lane junction. 

Please email info@southsomersetbridlewaysassociation.co.uk by Sunday 21st March if you would like to join us to help the fantastic Compton Dundon Volunteers with this very worthwhile project. We will send you the Covid compliant joining instructions and details of where to meet. Thank you.

Permissive-Bridleway-Plan

Do you ride these routes? Please send us your user evidence!

The Planning Inspectorate have directed Somerset County council to get on with processing the following applications and it would be very helpful if anyone who has walked or ridden these routes would fill in user evidence forms (see below). 

Huish Episcopi and Drayton – Huish Drove, Frog Lane, and Park Lane.   

Chaffcombe/Chard – Paintmoor Lane  

Merriott – Niddons Lane and Holdfast, Ham and Middlefield Lanes (these have been blocked for many years)

Charlton Mackrell – Withybed Lane (blocked at southern end) 

Please scan and email your completed form to info@southsomersetbridlewaysassociation.co.uk or let us know if you’d rather send by post.

Ham Hill Country Park, Norton Sub Hamdon and Montacute – your suggestions, please!

There is a new project with funding available to make improvements to the routes in this area.  We would welcome your suggestions. So far the following have been mentioned:

  • better route map boards/signage in carparks
  • route maps on the internet
  • waymarking of existing routes
  • new additional routes
  • better surfacing
  • marked road crossings
  • hitching posts

Please do let us know if you support any of these suggestions or have new ideas you would like to share.

Route cleared to Frogmary Green Farm

Thank you to the owners of Frogmary Green Farm who have kindly arranged to have the restricted byway between Fouts Cross and Frogmary Green Farm near Lopen cleared (see the before and after photos below). 

The result is a clear, wide safe path for horse riders and hoof prints suggest that at least one horse rider has used it.

Fouts cross to Frogmary Green Farm obstruction
Fouts cross to Frogmary Green Farm obstruction cleared – thank you!