South West Water is under investigation over its treatment of sewage. Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer. Wiltshire Farm Foods say they hope to have all systems up and running again next week after suffering a major cyber attack. People in Somerset who’re having to leave their rented homes say changes to the law that will give them greater protection can't come soon enough...and more.
South West Water is under investigation over its treatment of sewage. It joins five other water companies being looked at over wastewater concerns by the regulator Ofwat. Raw sewage was discharged into waterways 375,000 times last year according to the Environment Agency. South West Water, which has services in Somerset, says it's taking Ofwat's decision "very seriously”.
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer, following the retirement of Bill Sivewright. Charles Hackett says he's looking forward to developing the charity into the future.
Wiltshire Farm Foods say they hope to have all systems up and running again next week after suffering a major cyber attack. The company supplies frozen meals to thousands of people in Somerset, including to Yeovil hospital.
People in Somerset who’re having to leave their rented homes say changes to the law that will give them greater protection can't come soon enough. The Renters Reform Bill will prevent landlords from evicting tenants without giving a reason, and puts an end to the blanket bans on renting homes to families with children.
The Chard Local Kids Society for Music and Drama will start performances of Aladdin tomorrow night for 3-nights at Chard Guildhall. CLOKS, as they are called, were due to perform the ‘King and I’ in 2020 but had to cancel due to Covid.
A school in Ilminster is celebrating taking part in the finals of a national dodge ball championships. Year six pupils at Swanmead Community School played in the finals in Stoke-on-Trent where they finished the 16th best in England at dodge ball out of the 230 schools taking part in the competition.
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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 has re-opened following a gas leak that shut the road for most of 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.
Local News Thursday 11th August
Residents in the Hendford Hill area of Yeovil have won their fight to stop a former care home from being converted into a homeless hostel. Another heat warning is in force in Somerset today with the Met Office forecasting extreme heat up to Saturday. A local man caught growing cannabis has been jailed for three years and seven months and National Highways is advising motorists in Somerset to check their tyres more often to avoid the risk of breaking down.
Local News Wednesday 10th August
Controversial plans to convert a former care home in Yeovil into a homeless hostel are due to be decided at a meeting tonight. A new report claims the freight industry in the southwest created over 11 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2019. Misterton Church of England First School is to re-open as an education centre for vulnerable children. A local motorist has been given a suspended prison sentence for drink driving and with the hot dry weather set to continue, more calls have been made to permanently ban disposable barbeques.
Local News Tuesday 9th August
New figures have shown that bus passenger numbers in Somerset are thirty percent below what they were before the pandemic. New research has shown that it has become almost impossible to register as a new patient with an NHS dentist in Somerset. A Somerset man has been explaining why he’s decided to return to Ukraine. A fully accessible forest school has been launched near Langport and more.
Local News Monday 8th August
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.
Local News Friday 5th August
Plans to improve the look of Wyndham Street in Yeovil are to go ahead following a change of mind by members of South Somerset District Council. An investigation is being held into a fire near Ilminster in which two campervans were destroyed. Rising costs and staffing challenges are affecting small businesses in Somerset, according to the Federation of Small Businesses. Police are asking people in South Somerset to look out for a convicted drug offender...and more.
Local News Thursday 4th August
A Yeovil woman has been given a nine-month suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to possessing materials for making an explosive. Police are appealing for help in finding a wanted Yeovil man. A Somerset cancer charity is behind a new film that stresses the importance of checking for early symptoms of the disease. Eight lock-up garages in Yeovil have been sold at auction for £58,500 and Pupils at Holyrood Academy in Chard have signed their names onto a steel frame being used in the construction of a new extension to the school.
Local News Wednesday 3rd August
The new CEO of Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil says the business is in good health. Wessex Water says it had no plans to introduce a hosepipe despite the above-average dry spell. The cost of rural crime in Somerset has fallen by 22% in the space of twelve months, that's according to NFU Mutual. An ancient oak tree has been cut down to make way for a new slip road off the A303 at Sparkford despite a protest to keep it standing and a new Lord Lieutenant has been appointed to represent Somerset.