Local News Friday August 12

    With Somerset on amber alert for extreme heat today, South West Ambulance is asking people to only dial 999 in an absolute emergency. The main A30 road through Sherborne is still closed following a gas leak that shut the road yesterday. Extra funding is being given to pay for improvements at Yeovil Crematorium. More volunteers are wanted to help young people in care in Somerset and Work is yet to start building a new McDonald’s off the Southfields roundabout on the A303.

    With Somerset on amber alert for extreme heat today, South West Ambulance is asking people to only dial 999 in an absolute emergency, and for all other advice to use NHS 111 or local chemists. With temperatures expected to reach 36 Celsius this weekend a drought could be declared for Somerset, with water restrictions introduced for local users.

    The main A30 road through Sherborne is still closed following a gas leak that shut the road yesterday. It followed an accident between Marston Road and Bristol Road in which a combine harvester hit a gas pipe, causing gas to escape, and posing a risk to people living nearby.

    Extra funding is being given to pay for improvements at Yeovil Crematorium. However, due to rising costs, some of the planned work, including demolishing the existing chapel and building new toilets, won’t now take place.

    More volunteers are wanted to help young people in care in Somerset. The Advocacy 1 Team is looking for adults to act as friends to young people, offering them advice and guidance throughout their teenage years. 

    Work is yet to start building a new McDonald’s off the Southfields roundabout on the A303 Ilminster by-pass. The drive-thru and restaurant, creating sixty-five new jobs, was due to open before Christmas last year. In a statement, McDonald’s says they don’t have an opening date in mind, nor a date for when construction work will begin.

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