Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh has spoken out against giving children the Covid vaccine. More than 200 people are objecting to plans to convert a former care home into a homeless shelter in Yeovil. Police are appealing for dashcam footage of a motorist driving "in a dangerous manner" as part of an ongoing investigation. Two mill buildings in Chard could still be redeveloped despite a decision to put the plan on hold...and more.
Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh has spoken out against giving children the Covid vaccine. The jab is on offer from next week to children aged 12 to 15 but they can turn it down if they don’t want it. It’s part of the Government's "Autumn and winter Covid plan" which also includes booster jabs for people aged 50 and over. Mr. Fysh believes vaccinating children is a step too far.
More than 200 people are objecting to plans to convert a former care home into a homeless shelter in Yeovil. Bournemouth Churches Together have applied for ‘change of use’ on Acacia Lodge on Hendford Hill. If approved, their homeless shelter in Newton Road would transfer to Hendford Hill.
Police are appealing for dashcam footage of a motorist driving "in a dangerous manner" as part of an ongoing investigation. The incident took place in Yeovil at about noon last Thursday (09-09). It involved a black 52-plate BMW seen being driven along St Michael’s Avenue, Matthews Road, Gordon Road and King Street. The driver failed to stop for police. A 26-year-old man was later arrested and released under investigation. Anyone with video of the incident is asked to call the police on 101.
Two mill buildings in Chard could still be redeveloped despite a decision to put the plan on hold. South Somerset District Council originally intended to bring both Boden Mill and Holyrood Lace Mill back into full residential and commercial use as part of the Chard regeneration scheme. Mayor of Chard, Jason Baker, told a meeting of the District Council that the plan to convert Boden Mill and Holyrood Lace Mill had been paused but not cancelled as efforts continue to find suitable partners and investors.
Chard power-lifter Emily Greenway is celebrating a podium finish at the British Classic Powerlifting Championships. She recorded a 92.5-kilogram bench press and a 195-kilogram deadlift to round off her scores in the three required categories. Emily also set a new British record in the squat category in her weight class with an impressive 190-kilogram squat.
Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford is putting one of its oldest vehicles back on the road. A French-built ‘Type L Darracq’, first registered in 1903, will compete in the 125th London to Brighton Veteran Car Run’ on Sunday, November 7th.
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Local News Thursday 23rd September
A lack of investment is putting the future of public swimming at risk in Somerset, according to Swim England. A coffee morning in Chard has raised £3,500 in memory of a local man who died from cancer. Police are investigating the theft of a tractor from a farm near Yeovil. Farmland next to a new special school being built on the outskirts of Yeovil is being sold off by Somerset county council for development. English Heritage has launched a new initiative...and more.
Local News Wednesday 22nd September
Leonardo in Yeovil says 70 UK-based companies would benefit if it wins a critical order to build a fleet of new medium-sized helicopters for the British military. Police are hunting for a Yeovil man in connection with a number of offences including rape and false imprisonment. Recycling centres in South Somerset will be reverting to winter opening hours from next month. A grandmother from Chard has raised £1500 for the NHS with a sponsored wing-walk...and more.
Local News Tuesday 21st September
The farmer’s union the NFU says it wants to see visas relaxed so more European workers can come here to help tackle a staffing shortage. Up to £6.5 million pounds is being invested in improving Yeovil and Wincanton's leisure facilities. Police in Somerset are using unmarked HGVs to help spot dangerous drivers. South Western Railway, which runs services between Crewkerne and London Waterloo, has come under fire after a series of recent cancellations...and more.
Local News Monday 20th September
Around one-in-nine of the adult population in Yeovil and South Somerset have yet to receive a Covid-19 vaccine. A case of the cattle disease BSE has been confirmed on a farm in Somerset. A new way of helping people who've gone missing is being used by South Western Railway in Somerset. Home care companies in Somerset are struggling to meet the demand for their services. A new way of helping people who've gone missing is being used by South Western Railway in Somerset.
Local News Friday 17th September
There's been a big increase in the number of phone appointments being carried out by family doctors in Somerset. It's the last day for care home workers in Somerset to get a first covid vaccine. Inquests into the deaths of two people in a crash involving a light aircraft at Buckland St Mary near Chard have been opened and adjourned. Plans for a giant solar farm that crosses into Dorset from South Somerset near South Perrott will soon be decided...and more.
Local News Thursday 16th September
Former Leader of South Somerset District Council, Rick Pallister, has been giving evidence at his trial at Taunton Crown Court. Children aged 12-to-15 in Somerset are to be offered a coronavirus vaccine starting from next week. ASDA has submitted a planning application to redevelop part of their Yeovil store. Two men have appeared in court in connection with the supply of class A drugs in Yeovil...and more.
Local News Tuesday 14th September
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