A better way forward?

Apologies for this, it should have been posted a fortnight ago and it “got lost in the system” – clearly we need a new system! In general terms I like the agenda of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England. They talk a good talk and champion issues that should be of concern to

Serious Case Review published into Child Sexual Exploitation case

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in Yeovil Today a Serious Case Review has been published by the Somerset Safeguarding Children Board following ‘Operation Fenestra’ an investigation into the sexual exploitation of children in the Yeovil area between 2010 and 2014. As a result of that operation and following a trial at Taunton Crown Court, two men

Market Cross Antiques Robbery

On Monday morning (30th October) two offenders stole jewellery during a burglary at Market Cross Antiques in Somerton . They smashed a window at the store at about 5.15am and then broke into a cabinet before making off with the antiques. One of the offenders is described as tall and he was wearing a green-checked

SRA publishes half year review

The Somerset Rivers Authority has published a review of activity it has undertaken in the first 6 months of the 2017/18 government year (ie up to 30th September). We thought you might like to see for your selves. It is quite well written and gives a good account of what is going on. Don’t focus

Chard Carnival accident

Police are appealing for witnesses following an incident at Chard Carnival last night (Saturday 14 October). Just before 10pm when the carnival procession was over and the floats were being “broken down” a female member of the road crew became trapped under one of the carnival carts. The injured woman suffered serious leg injuries and

Shepton and Chard to lose beds this winter

Twenty four community hospital beds, 10 in Shepton Mallet and 14 in Chard, will be moved to other local hospitals by the end of October 2017, to make sure enough staff are available for patients during winter. Nursing staff will move with the hospital beds and then the two inpatient wards will be temporarily closed.

Damp Squib?

After all the fireworks over the public meeting to discuss the future of Langport’s iconic Hanging Chapel, the term damp squib feels vaguely appropriate. A Parish Poll was called for yesterday the 27th September but voter apathy returned in large swathes. The Poll was called to put the question “Should the future of the Hanging

Avalon loses bus contract

Parents at ten schools in Somerset have been informed of new arrangements to get to school after Somerset County Council ended a school transport contract today. The affected schools are Wells Blue, St Dunstan’s, Crispins, Chilton Trinity and Kings of Wessex (secondary schools); Hugh Sexey’s Middle School (Middle school) and Coxley, Ashcott, Catcott and Wedmore

Just a minute

It is now over two weeks since the public meeting in Langport to discuss the fate of the Hanging Chapel. A lot has happened since. Seven councillors have resigned. The September town council meeting has been postponed (please note). The Town Clerk has asked South Somerset District Council to appoint emergency councillors until such time

Major drainage upgrade on A372 at Aller

Somerset County Council are to start a major engineering scheme to upgrade drainage on the A372 at Aller this week. The section of Aller Road and High Street has been subject to issues with standing water and localised flooding in the past. This scheme will replace the whole drainage system along a 550m stretch of