Let's wish for new year to bring an increase in trade
NOW the eating and drinking is over, hopefully we can all get back to normal and plan for the year ahead.
Let us hope 2013 will be a prosperous year for Castle Cary and the surrounding towns and villages.
Unfortunately the closure of several shops in the town has meant a number of empty properties. Hopefully they will soon be occupied bringing more trade to the town.
The building opposite the new doctors' surgery is still empty and it seems a great shame it cannot be used by organisations until a decision is made as to its future.
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Traffic congestion continues to be a problem and although stricter parking regulations were enforced, the main car park is often quite empty at times.
It is a shame that more people don't use it as it's only a short walk into the town.
Clogging up the town with cars causes issues with buses and lorries fighting to get past illegally-parked cars.
The Christmas market in the town was a great success and people I have spoken to were full of praise for the event.
It would be great to perhaps introduce a regular market in the town. There is probably enough space and it might also be possible to utilise some of Millbrook Gardens car park.
It would also be an excellent showcase for local producers. French towns and villages seem to be able to sustain small regular markets and it would be good to have something along the lines of Wells or Sherborne.
I am sure this would bring more trade into the town and also help boost businesses.
2013 will also see the closure of the railway bridge on the A371. Let's hope that Network Rail will organise some public meetings and discuss the main issues that will arise.
We don't want a repeat of what happened the last time.
As for the carnival, we must keep our fingers crossed that this will happen again this year. An event which requires a great deal of hard work and organisation, it is so much part of Castle Cary's heritage and it would be such a shame to see it disappear.
The carnival is not cheap to put on and requires a lot of effort from a band of dedicated supporters.
It is therefore very important for all of us to help any local fundraising events or campaigns to keep it going.