Castle Cary is a small market town and civil parish in south Somerset, England, 5 miles (8 km) north west of Wincanton and 8 miles (12.9 kilometres) south of Shepton Mallet, at the foot of Lodge Hill as well as on the River Cary, a tributary of the Parrett. The Town Council has responsibility for regional problems, consisting of setting a yearly mandate (neighborhood price) to cover the council's operating costs and generating yearly represent public scrutiny. The Town Council evaluates local preparation applications and also collaborates with the neighborhood cops, district council policemans, and also area watch teams on issues of crime, safety, and also web traffic. The Community Council's duty also includes launching jobs for the repair and maintenance of town centers, in addition to talking to the area council on the maintenance, repair service, as well as enhancement of highways, drainage, walkways, public transport, and street cleaning. Conservation matters (including trees and noted structures) and also environmental concerns are the obligation of the district council. The town falls within the Non-metropolitan area of South Somerset, which was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, having actually previously become part of Wincanton Rural District. The district council is in charge of regional planning and also building control, regional roadways, council real estate, environmental wellness, markets and also fairs, reject collection and recycling, burial grounds and crematoria, recreation services, parks, as well as tourist. Somerset County Council is responsible for running the biggest as well as most expensive regional solutions such as education and learning, social services, collections, main roads, public transportation, policing as well as fire services, trading criteria, waste disposal as well as critical planning. The community remains in the Cary selecting ward. This extends southern to the North Cadbury church, and also south west to Babcary. The population of the ward at the 2011 census was 5,502.