Plans to improve the appearance of Wincanton have been put on hold following a change of mind at South Somerset District Council. A campaign has been launched to have the gates to Yeovil Town’s original ground at Pen Mill preserved. Volunteers are needed to help with the rollout of the Covid19 booster programme in Somerset. The site of a former garage on the A30 Yeovil to Sherborne dual carriageway has been put up for sale with development potential...and more.
Plans to improve the appearance of Wincanton have been put on hold following a change of mind at South Somerset District Council. The council has committed £2m towards regenerating Wincanton town centre, organising cultural events and giving grants to bring buildings back into a decent state. However council members have decided not to proceed with the work until after the new Somerset Unitary Council comes into being in April next year.
A campaign has been launched to have the gates to Yeovil Town’s original ground at Pen Mill preserved. The iron gates that mark the entrance to the old Yeovil Town pitch off Sherborne Road date back to the 1890s. Michael West, a member of Yeovil Heritage Society, says the gates are an integral part of Yeovil’s history and should be kept.
Volunteers are needed to help with the rollout of the Covid19 booster programme in Somerset. From September, everyone aged over 50 will be offered the jab. St John Ambulance is asking people to volunteer now so there's time for them to be trained ahead of next month’s rollout.
The site of a former garage on the A30 Yeovil to Sherborne dual carriageway has been put up for sale with development potential. The property, known as Forward Garage, comes with a 1.3-acre plot and range of outbuildings and is offered with a guide price of £650,000.
People in Somerset are being invited to join a new Customer Panel to help shape the future of council services when the new Somerset Unitary Council comes into being in April next year. The new council will run everything from waste collection to adult social care and replace Somerset’s district councils and the County Council. Panel members will have the chance to take part in online surveys, one-to-one interviews, usability tests, and discussion groups to influence how the new Council operates.
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Councillors meet today to decide on plans to build 185 new homes on Tintinhull Road, near the Brimsmore Garden Centre, in Yeovil. Local households are putting out one kilogram less rubbish for collection in black bins each week since kerbside recycling was introduced two years ago. A group in Chard set up to help in the event of the town becoming seriously flooded is looking for more people to get involved. Small businesses in Somerset are being encouraged to trade with the county council...and more.
Local News Tuesday October 4th
Police are seeking witnesses to an incident in which the driver of a car failed to stop for police in Yeovil. An area of derelict land in Yeovil has been earmarked for a new care home. The Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner is calling for cannabis to be classified as a Class-A drug. An organisation that supports people in Somerset with cancer is looking for help with its latest fundraiser. A consultation has been launched to help influence the look of Somerset’s landscape...and more.
Local News Monday 3rd October
The fire service is encouraging local households to have chimneys swept before the winter sets in. It's going to cost more to dispose of tyres, soil, and rubble at recycling centres in South Somerset. A public meeting is being held to discuss the options for re-opening Chinnock Hollow. Bin lorries in Somerset could soon be running on vegetable oil to help cut carbon emissions and more volunteer drivers are urgently needed for a community car scheme in Chard.
Local News Friday 30th September
People in Somerset are being encouraged to take up their Covid booster and flu jabs as soon as they're offered them. Only a handful of trains will be running through Yeovil Junction and Sherborne stations on the Exeter to Waterloo line tomorrow and Sunday due to further strike action. A Chard man has been fined £120 for stealing alcohol from the Tesco store in the town. The National Trust is raising concerns about the climate's impact on autumn colour across the landscape in Somerset and a girl who lives in Ilminster has raised over £1500 for Young Lives versus Cancer in Somerset.
Local News Thursday 29th September
A report from the Rural Services Network has found that people living in Somerset are struggling more than people living in urban areas with the cost of living crisis. A Yeovil man has been jailed for eight months for dangerous driving. 4,000 people have now signed a petition calling for the scrapping of plans to transfer a mental health unit in Wells to Yeovil. There’s a chance to find out more about the running of Yeovil Hospital today and people in Chard are being asked to comment on plans to upgrade the play area in Henson Park.
Local News Wednesday 28th September
The Chair of Ilminster Carnival Committee says carnival clubs are struggling with funding and the rising costs to put on events this year. Work has started on the final phase to improve the look of Fore Street in Chard. Farmers in Somerset are waiting to find out how a government review of farm subsidies could affect them. Work’s been completed building a new playground at Shepton Beauchamp Church School in Shepton Beauchamp. The family of a man who died in a crash near Chard on Saturday afternoon has thanked those who cared for him after the collision...and more.
Local News Tuesday 27th September
Some teaching staff at Yeovil College have gone on strike in a pay dispute. The government has announced that work to turn the A358 between Ilminster and Taunton into a dual carriageway is to be fast-tracked. Somerset County Council has launched a campaign to raise awareness about head trauma in babies. Police are asking the public to help find Daniel Kellaway, aged 27, who’s wanted on a warrant for breaching his probation and in connection with a number of offences...and more.
Local News Monday 26th September
The Leader of Somerset County Council, Councillor Bill Revans, has welcomed the announcement that the former Royal Ordnance Factory site at Bridgwater now called Gravity could be one of the government’s new Investment Zones. A motorcyclist has died after his machine collided with a car near Chard at the weekend. No trains are running out of Penn Mill Station to Weymouth this week due to engineering work on the line south of Dorchester. Police are appealing for the public’s help after a man was assaulted by three other men in Yeovil town centre...and more.