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New Environment Secretary visits Somerset

The new Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss made her first official visit to Somerset today to get an update on the progress of the work being done to alleviate flooding. She visited Burrowbridge to see the work going on to dredge the rivers Tone and Parrett. She also had an informal meeting with leaders of the

Bus driver recruitment day

First Group the operator behind the “Buses for Somerset” brand that has just won a contract to provide the park & ride service for Taunton is to hold a recruitment day at Taunton Bus Station on Saturday 9th  August from 10:00am – 4:00pm They are looking for drivers to work in the Taunton and Bridgwater

Sparkford Robbery

Police have begun an investigation following a robbery the Sparkford Inn on the High Street in Sparkford. The robbery at the pub took place at around 11.10pm on Thursday July 17th. Two men entered the pub, one armed with a hammer, and demanded money from a member of staff. Cash was taken from the till

Disaster for heritage as Langport loses battle

The final ruling by The Planning Inspectorate in Bristol, allowing a solar farm at the heart of the battle of Langport site is a devastating blow for heritage In Britain. In a ruling that seems to leave nothing in the countryside as sacrosanct, The Green Company have been given the go ahead to build an

Taunton Gateway Park & Ride Closed by Travellers Update

A group of around 30 travellers in a collection of cars and caravans took over the Taunton Gateway Park & Ride by Junction 25 yesterday evening. The travellers set up an illegal encampment and following allegations of threatening behaviour the Park & Ride was closed. We understand from Somerset County Council that the travellers were moved

More Fireworks in Langport

I wish I was writing an article about the Aller bonfire, but sadly I am setting down a more sorry state of affairs. Nor is this sorry state of affairs anything to do with the van fire on Somerton Road this morning that caused chaos in Langport and to those trying to travel through it.

Mass resignation at Langport

Whilst it is not quite on the scale of the resignations that hit Somerton in 2009, Langport Town Council has just been hit by the sudden resignation of four councillors. With a normal complement of 11 councillors the loss of four councillors at one go will leave the council struggling. The electors of Langport must

MP’s make sense on Floods

I won’t pretend that any House of Commons Committee could be described as “eagerly anticipated” but the report of House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee on the Winter Floods probably comes as close as it gets. In Somerset at any rate. Like most Commons Committees this is a cross party affair made

Launch of Somerset Business Awards

Celebrating its tenth year, The prestigious Somerset Business Awards, run by the county’s Chamber of Commerce are now celebrating their tenth year.  Businesses have a choice of 14 award categories to enter and past winners of a Somerset Business Award can expect to enjoy great recognition for their work and experience a welcome boost in