Archive | November, 2016

Conservatives Hold Turn Hill

The balance of power in South Somerset District Council will not be changing any time soon. Last night’s Turn Hill by-election result produced a win for the Conservatives with a turnout of 37.5%. I suppose the turnout is not that bad for a local election but it always feels disappointing to get less than half

EA latest report

Gut feeling can count for something after all. The last 48 hours have certainly looked to me as a non technical outsider, to indicate that the new infrastructure and works put in place since 2014 have held up well over the last 48 hours. The latest report from the Environment Agency seems to support that

Beware of water!

There has been a lot of surface water on the roads across the Levels today. we are not aware of any roads actually cut (though the entrance to Broadway is not good, but now it is dark please drive carefully. The latest update from the Environment Agency (below) suggests things are working pretty much as

New arrangements at Yeovil Hospital

If you are heading for Yeovil hospital you might like to know about the new access arrangements that are now in place. A new link road is open and the stretch of Higher Kingston Road from the turning point to Roping Road onwards will now be operated as a one way system, as shown below. A

Councillor named by Private Eye

An investigation by Private Eye into councillors who failed to pay their council tax has listed Duncan Cossey as having been sent to court for non-payment of council tax of £1194.81. Mr. Cossey who is a Conservative District Councillor on Taunton Deane Borough Council represents the ward of North Curry and Stoke St Gregory. Under

Westfest GBH Can you help?

Police are appealing for the public’s help in identifying a man they want to speak to following an incident of grievous bodily harm at this year’s Westfest at the Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet. Stuart Brent, 26, from Cornwall, was attacked at around 4.30am on Sunday, 30th  October in the coach car park

Fallon to close Norton Manor Camp

Norton Manor Camp just outside Taunton has been the home of 40 Commando, Royal Marines since 1983. Prior to that it had been a training base, supply depot and during the war part US Army supply depot and part British run prisoner of war camp. The base supports the Marines and their families providing accommodation


I accept that Prime Minister’s questions is political theatre, but behind MP Warburton’s question to the Prime Minister earlier today is a serious issue that he was surely right to raise. Yet as an utterly pointless exchange goes, it does not I suspect come any better than this. David Warburton (Somerton and Frome) (Con): As

Turn Hill update

As we promised, here is an update on the crucial by election in Turn Hill.  The precarious state of balance between the parties in South Somerset District Council makes this by-election one that will be more closely watched than usual. The current state of play going into the election is that of the 60 seats

Committee confirms what we already knew

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee today published a report that must represent one of the biggest “I wold you so” moments in recent history. The “I told you so” in question being from the people of the Somerset Levels to the Environment Agency. The committee (Rebecca Pow MP for Taunton Deane is a