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Last bank in Langport to close

It is the moment we feared would come. The NatWest bank have decided to close down their Langport branch in the Autumn. Unfortunately this was all too predictable, something we pointed out when the branch reduced its opening hours last year. It is easy to create a self fulfilling prophesy if you want to. If

Martock Muddle

The following piece should have been in our March edition but didn’t make the cut, so we thought you might like to read it online. I apologise in advance if some of the planning speak is technical, I’ve tried to edit that out but… Many planning applications are straightforward – plans are submitted, the parish

Did you witness a hit and run near Somerton?

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fail to stop road traffic collision at Littleton near Somerton.  The incident took place at approximately 3pm last Friday (3rd March) on the B3151 at Littleton. South Somerset District Council workers were conducting mobile drain clearance with the use of ‘stop/go’ signs when a car collided with their

Can you vote?

We might as well get on with the increasing flow of election material that will spew forth for the best part of the next 2 months. But perhaps you can’t vote? It might be worth making sure. If you are going to have to endure 8 weeks of campaigning, you might as well be sure

Early Launch

The Conservatives have launched their manifesto for the County Council elections in Wells. Inviting Westminster MP for Taunton Deane and Secretary of State Sajid Javid to provide moral support it kicks off what may well feel, for the voter if not the candidates, like a very long run in. We still have 8 weeks to

Great Western Disaster

We reported in detail last year on the problems with the contract to electrify the line from London to Bristol and the impact this would have for fast trains coming on down to Somerset. Today the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee published a report which pretty much vindicated everything we said in our article.

Unmanned Helicopter deal with Leonardo

During a major innovation speech at the University of Oxford tomorrow, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon will announce the launch of the second phase of innovative research and development, exploring the future of unmanned air systems. Developed in partnership with Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil, the Rotary Wing Unmanned Air Systems (RWUAS) Capability Concept Demonstrator will

Langport Post Office still open

It is a bit of a sad note to finish on after all their years serving the community of Langport but Lynne and Jeff report that the Postbox outside Langport Post Office was vandalised last Thursday 23rd February. So if you need to post a letter, please either hand it over to them at the

New Huish Signs

New Gateway Signs for Huish Episcopi

This week the new gateway signs for the parish of Huish Episcopi went up and rather splendid they look too. The photo below does not really do them justice, but it was a very grey day!  And here it is:  Meanwhile an interesting question remains. Where is that 100m or so stretch of road that

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