Archive | January, 2017

Arrests follow Street burglary

We have noted in the past that the police can be extremely tardy in letting people know when a crime has been committed, and then asking for information. Who among you can really remember where you were and what you were doing a month ago? So it is refreshing to see that when an appeal

CCTV images following burglary in Street

Police are releasing CCTV images as part of an appeal for information following a burglary at a WH Smith store in Street. At about 10.17pm on Saturday (21/1), a dark coloured estate vehicle was used to smash into the entrance of the store in High Street. A man went inside the store and stole a

Minister approves of improvement

In a letter to John Osman, leader of Somerset County Council, released with cabinet papers today, Edward Timpson MP, Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families, praises a significant improvement in Children’s Services at Somerset County Council. In the aftermath of 2 “inadequate” Ofsted inspections, a team from Essex County Council were sent in

Asbestos in our schools

In the article in our January edition on the presence of asbestos in our schools, we promised to provide the full response by Somerset County Council to the Freedom of Information request made by Lucie Stephens asking about which schools had asbestos, how asbestos was managed and whether the county council had claims against it

Attempted robbery in Martock

Avon & Somerset Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery of a woman in Martock. A man grabbed the victim’s handbag and tried to take it from her but she resisted and the man ran off empty handed. The incident happened in the car park behind Moorlands Park Shopping Centre between 6.30pm and

Small businesses to get a break?

Many of you who run small businesses will have heard of plans by the Treasury to implement a new tax regime. Branded rather enthusiastically as Making Tax Digital, essentially HMRC would like you to pay your tax every quarter. In other words moving much closer to the PAYE regime for employees. This scheme was due

40 Commando update

A House of Commons paper published today summarises the state of play with MoD estates including the 40 Commando barracks outside Taunton: The report notes that several MPs focused on the impact of closures of bases in their own constituencies and the strong links between the units and the local community. Rebecca Pow “worried about

Wlidcat contract win

What Yeovil really needs to bring security to the 7,000 odd people who work at Yeovilton and Leonardo (Agusta Westland that was) is some firm orders for new helicopters to add to the fleet of 62 Wildcats already commissioned to the Royal Navy. Instead yesterday we had a lot of razzamatazz a ministerial visit and

County Stores – more good news

I know many of our readers will be delighted to hear that rumours of the demise of County Stores, Taunton, have been exaggerated. Yesterday the iconic store on Taunton’s North Street announced that it would not close at the end of this month as had originally been announced. In the end it was the loyalty

Great Start to 2017

Today the government launched a new garden towns initiative to create or further develop communities around the UK along garden town principles. One of those towns selected to benefit from the scheme is our county town of Taunton. This will potentially be good news not just for Taunton, but the surrounding area as it potentially