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Libraries – the full (ish) picture

It does not really matter what nice words are used. A withdrawal of library services means a closure by any other name. If the building remains, if it is volunteer run, what will that mean in reality? The plan by Somerset County Council announced last week to pass up to 16 libraries into community hands

Library Service – and now the truth

Rumours of library closures have been flying for some time. However the whole truth (or most of it), which the Leveller got hold of last week, has been formally published earlier today. The formal decision may have been taken today, but the truth is that the decision was all but inevitable and has been on the

It’s back! And this time you get a choice

The new A358 consultation is launched today and this time there are three routes to choose between. You will not be surprised that the preferred choice of Highways England, is included once again, but this time it is joined by two alternatives. I would have to say that neither of the alternatives are massively different.

Will Carillion debacle hit Somerset County Council?

Following the rapid demise of Carillion, we got in touch with Somerset County Council this morning to ascertain what the impact would be for tax payers in Somerset. Specifically we asked the following: How (if at all) SCC believe the liquidation of Carillion will impact the ongoing negotiations on the costs of the Northern Inner

A303 Garden City – update and response from SSDC Leader

Since our articles on the A303 Garden City, we have had a lot of feedback. However we have now had a detailed response, in a personal capacity, from the Leader of South Somerset District Council, Ric Pallister which we wanted to share with you . It is particularly interesting that since our comments on the

A358 upgrade – Now let’s try that again

The Highways Agency are about to have another go at consulting with the public on the route of a new upgraded A358 between west hatch and the M5. Having been heavily criticised for offering a consultation on just one option last time around, we understand the new consultation allows for other alternatives. This new “supplementary

Martock Armed Robbery Update

A 39-year-old man has been charged following an armed robbery at the Post Office in Martock. Dion Levy, of Queens Crescent, Stoke-sub-Hamdon, has been charged with one count of robbery.  We report on the armed robbery at Martock Post Office in East Street in the current paper edition of The Leveller Det Insp Lee Jones

Good news in Isle Brewers

Lost in the mists of the Somerset Levels, Isle Brewers is a village in a beautiful setting which is all too easily overlooked. Not any longer as the National Lottery has just awarded a substantial grant of £250,000 to help refurbish All Saints Church.  The church has fallen into a sad state of disrepair in

A303 Garden Town – the real story

A number of parish councils have received a glossy brochure proposing a new Garden Town should be built to straddling the A303. Both Somerton and Mudford had received copies in the week before Christmas and the timing here is crucial. For the concept to be included in the South Somerset District Council local plan, it

Taunton sexual assault

Police have released two images of a man they want to identify following a serious sexual assault in Taunton during the early hours of New Year’s Day. A woman in her 20s was attacked in Goodland Gardens, behind Debenhams, at approximately 1.15am. Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Matt Shaw said: “The victim is understandably very upset