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Heart of the South West LEP accounts

In our February issue we discuss the fact that the Heart of the SW LEP does not produce full accounts. What it does do is publicise long lists of revenues and costs on the County Council website, without totals and without the data having any great meaning. It does also publish dormant company accounts. These

Curry Rivel – arson investigation launched

Avon and Somerset Police have launched an investigation into a case of suspected arson at Curry Rivel. A fire that burned through the night of the 3rd February destroyed over £50,000 worth of straw and reed beds in a field in the Dyers Road area. Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward and believe

Town votes funds for station

By the narrowest of votes, five in favour to four against, Langport Town Council voted this evening to provide funds towards a feasibility study to look into reopening Langport Station.  As the Leveller revealed last year, there are two stumbling blocks to getting the station reopened. The first is that to access the new stations

Long-serving staff celebrated at Portcullis House

On 2nd February, celebrations took place at Portcullis House to recognise five long-serving staff members. Staff, residents and family members were invited to attend the a vintage tea party, complete with vintage crockery, bunting, balloons and paper lanterns. The five staff members have between them clocked up an impressive combined 70 years working for Somerset

Arrests follow Street burglary

We have noted in the past that the police can be extremely tardy in letting people know when a crime has been committed, and then asking for information. Who among you can really remember where you were and what you were doing a month ago? So it is refreshing to see that when an appeal

CCTV images following burglary in Street

Police are releasing CCTV images as part of an appeal for information following a burglary at a WH Smith store in Street. At about 10.17pm on Saturday (21/1), a dark coloured estate vehicle was used to smash into the entrance of the store in High Street. A man went inside the store and stole a

Minister approves of improvement

In a letter to John Osman, leader of Somerset County Council, released with cabinet papers today, Edward Timpson MP, Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families, praises a significant improvement in Children’s Services at Somerset County Council. In the aftermath of 2 “inadequate” Ofsted inspections, a team from Essex County Council were sent in

Asbestos in our schools

In the article in our January edition on the presence of asbestos in our schools, we promised to provide the full response by Somerset County Council to the Freedom of Information request made by Lucie Stephens asking about which schools had asbestos, how asbestos was managed and whether the county council had claims against it

Attempted robbery in Martock

Avon & Somerset Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery of a woman in Martock. A man grabbed the victim’s handbag and tried to take it from her but she resisted and the man ran off empty handed. The incident happened in the car park behind Moorlands Park Shopping Centre between 6.30pm and

Small businesses to get a break?

Many of you who run small businesses will have heard of plans by the Treasury to implement a new tax regime. Branded rather enthusiastically as Making Tax Digital, essentially HMRC would like you to pay your tax every quarter. In other words moving much closer to the PAYE regime for employees. This scheme was due