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Puckeridge road shut

Essential work on the B3168 at Puckington started this week and will last for at least a further 6 weeks. This is long planned work that had to be postponed when priority was given to repairing the subsidence at the Beacon near Ilminster last year. The Beacon is on the recognised diversion route for this

UKIP select new candidate

UKIP’s challenge in Somerset & Frome appeared to have suffered a set-back with the sudden resignation of candidate Roger Clark just three months prior to the 7th May General Election.  However the party have moved swiftly to plug the gap appointing County Councillor Alan Dimmick as their new candidate. Mr Dimmick is a resident of Yeovil

When is a whistleblower not a whistleblower?

A considerable row has blown up over the conduct of Somerset County Council, sparked by an article published by the Sunday Times on 8th February. And on the face of it there is much to be concerned about. The Sunday Times article alleges that SCC has been basically trying to silence whistleblowers…. “Now the council

Sheep Rustling

Avon and Somerset Police are investigating the rustling of 200 in-lamb sheep from a field at Ash, near Martock, on Friday night, 6th February. All the sheep were ear-tagged and marked with a large red patch on their backs, as well as an orange one on a front shoulder. They were all North Country Mules,

Liz Truss visits Huish Academy

A “surprise” visit from Secretary of State for the Environment to Huish Academy School this morning. Accompanied by David Warburton the prospective MP for Somerton & Frome she met Year 9′s from the gifted and talented group who were given the chance to grill the Secretary of State on some searching environmental questions. Good practise

Francis Maude In Langport

    Suddenly we are awash with political dignitaries of the highest order. This evening Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, popped into the River Parrett Café in Langport. You cannot fault our representatives on the miles travelled to press the flesh. This was part of a trek around the West

More roadworks on the A358

Expect delays! Work to repair and improve the A358 between Taunton and Ilminster will take place next week. Somerset County Council’s highways team will be rebuilding and resurfacing the carriageway at West Hatch over a 10-day period starting on Monday 2nd February. The work will take place at night (7pm-7am) to minimise disruption, and will

11th Hour Drayton

The deal by which the pub the Drayton Arms was to be bought by a community group and run for the benefit of the village is teetering at the brink of success/failure. With a generous loan from SSDC and pledges of shares from the community they thought they were there. Unfortunately not all of the

Road flooded Martock Parrett works

Flooding alert – January 15th. Ironically – the day Vince Cable chose to visit Langport to talk about the effect of the flooding on small businesses, we have more floods! The road from the Parrett Works (outside Martock) to South Petherton was flooded this lunchtime for about 1/4 mile. There were no warning signs and

Appeal for witnesses to Seavington crash

Police are appealing for witnesses to a two-car collision on the B3168 at Seavington yesterday 13th January. The collision happened at just before 3pm in New Road and involved a Saab and a Toyota Rav 4. The driver of the Saab suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to hospital for treatment. He remains in a