Archive | January, 2014

Flood situation this weekend

We have just received the following update from the Environment Agency that we wanted to share with as many of you as possible: “Wessex (Bridgwater office) situation update as at 16:45 hours. Weather forecast Wet and windy weather will spread east across the area today (Friday 31 Jan) with some heavy rain and gales.  Widespread

Prime Minister agrees to dredging

At Prime Minister’s questions this lunchtime David Cameron confirmed that funding would be found to enable dredging on the Somerset Levels. On a day when the e-petition calling for dredging closed with over 5,000 signatures the initiative finally seems to be swinging behind a solution. It is of course a tragedy that it has taken

Paterson arrives in Somerset, Eustace beats him to it

The Secretary of State for the Environment, Owen Paterson MP, is rumoured to have arrived in Somerset already despite reports from the BBC that he would be delayed until tomorrow. However Somerset is fast becoming the “must visit” destination for government ministers. On Saturday evening (25th January) George Eustace the Minister in Defra responsible for flooding

County Council declares “A Major Incident”

Residents of the Levels will have be forgiven the major incident started weeks ago. However the announcement by Somerset County Council is not flippant. By declaring a major incident they are flagging up to central government that this is a situation which cannot easily be dealt with by local councils. As a result without external

New appointment to our advisory board

The Langport Leveller and Somerton Sentinel are delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Bell to our advisory board. With his background in journalism and politics Paul’s appointment perfectly compliments the skills and expertise of Anthony Gibson and Janet Seaton. Editor Andrew Lee comments “we were delighted that Paul agreed to come on board. Together with Janet

In the House

Yesterday in response to a call from Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP for Bridgwater, Somerset MPs gathered in Westminster Hall to express their angst over the distress caused to our region by the recent floods. Time and again MPs complained that this was not the result of heavy weather but poor river maintenance. Mr Liddell-Grainger was moved

Floods: At last some action

It is certainly late, but not too late and so we welcome the leader of Somerset County Council’s attempt to get a better deal for Somerset. Specifically this is to get funding for flood prevention and as such music to our ears.  Whilst it is a pity SCC were not on board when we started

Somerton Town Council election result

The results of the election that took place on Thursday 9th January are as follows: 192 Sam Almond 145 Shane Broom 359 Jason Burton 379 Pat Colyer 319 David Harrison 314 Pip Scaramanga The election result came in too late to be in our January issue for which we can only apologise! The election was