Archive | January, 2018

Urgent appeal for missing 14-year-old Ella Read

Avon & Somerset Police urgently need your help to find missing girl Ella Read. Ella, 14, was dropped off at Holyrood Academy in Chard at 8.10am yesterday (29th January) but didn’t attend registration. She’s known to use public transport and Police believe she may have travelled south into the Devon and Cornwall area. Ella is

Yeovil Roadworks

More delays can be expected along the A30 Sherborne Road in Yeovil. A major drainage upgrade was carried out last July to tackle structural issues which were causing cracking and potholes on the key route. Work to resurface the road is now underway and being done at night to minimise disruption. To allow preparation works

Consultation launched

We have covered the launch of the library consultation extensively already – but today is the official launch day of the consultation. Do bear in mind what is proposed for the library service: 12 libraries where there are no proposed changes include Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea, Chard, Frome, Glastonbury, Langport, Minehead, Taunton, Wells, Williton, Wincanton and Yeovil

Somerset Children’s Services – no longer “Inadequate”

It has been a long hard road and the latest Ofsted Inspection of the County Children’s Services team has been awaited with some trepidation. Another Inadequate assessment could have seen the service taken out of the County Council’s control. So although “Requires Improvement” is not the sort of assessment that sounds like a winner, in

Appeal to find missing girl Abbie Gibbons

Avon & Somerset police are asking for your help to find missing girl Abbie Gibbons. Abbie is 16 and there is concern for her welfare. She is described as white, 5ft 3ins tall and of slim build. When she went missing she had long dark brown hair with a distinctive ginger streak although she may

Musgrove Hospital hit by Norovirus

New figures released yesterday suggest that Musgrove Park has suffered one of the worst impacts of Norovirus in the NHS, across the course of this winter (measured since 20th November). The hospital was one of the three worst in England (along with Weston Super Mare and Rotherham) for bed closures caused by the virus, also

Somerton Library under threat

Whilst the proposal for the future of Somerset libraries published last week suggests that Langport would keep a county council run library, Somerton has not been so lucky. The current proposals suggest that the library would be kept open as a facility run (and paid for) by the community. Or worse, possibly replaced with a

School Building Plan Announced

Houses are not enough A shortage of affordable housing is only the start of the issues that confront the population of Somerset in general and an increasingly cash strapped Somerset County Council in particular. Even as more housing is built, the vexed question of the services needed to support communities after they have been expanded

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