Big Yellow Taxi

As Joni Mitchell once screeched “Don’t it always seem to go, That you don’t know what you’ve got til its gone….” Sometimes we do not know how lucky we are to be blessed by those who work tirelessly and efficiently behind the scenes, unmarked, unthanked but desperately efficient. I can only blame myself for not noticing

Avon and Somerset drivers are the worst

A report published today by independent registration company Regtransfers (and published by suggests that drivers in Avon and Somerset are the worst in the UK. The analysis of 2.7 million police-issued fixed penalty notices throughout the tax year of 2016-2017 looked at the number of driving offences per 10,000 drivers registered within each police

The glorious 11th May

So we’ve all had Somerset Day and lots of celebrating all that is good about our county. But what is this Somerset Day we are celebrating? This year more than any I was struck by the way the anniversary was being interpreted in two very different ways. Some say it is the celebration of Alfred

Wards to remain closed until July

Chard and Shepton Mallet Community Hospital wards will remain closed at least until July. The board of Somerset Partnership, the NHS Trust that looks after a strange mix of mental health and community hospitals, held their May Board Meeting last week. One of the more interesting items on the agenda was the fate of the

Police issue belated appeal after woman dies

Police are appealing for witnesses following the death of a woman as a result of a collision two weeks at West Chinnock, near Crewkerne. A Hyundai i10 and Nissan Qashqai collided on the A356 near Bow Gate at about 3.35pm on 29th April. Doreen Calvert, 75, a passenger in the Hyundai, was taken to hospital

Bridgwater Post Office

I’m delighted to tell you that when you read the May edition of the Leveller, the editorial will be out of date. I’m delighted because the central character in the piece is the Bridgwater Post Office. And it is out of date because against all expectations and in the face of fierce lobbying, the Post

Dean Ruddle to step down

At last night’s Somerton Town Council meeting Dean Ruddle accepted the chairmanship of the council after he was voted in unanimously. In accepting the chair, Dean announced that he would step down as a Town Councillor and therefore as chair in a year’s time in May 2019. The whole council is due to stand for

Unitary – unified response

This evening the district councils of Somerset put out a joint statement that was a little less parochial than their initial responses to Somerset County Council’s suggestion of exploring a unitary authority for Somerset.  The full statement reads as follows: On Wednesday 2 May 2018, Somerset County Council announced that it intends to start a

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Like all organisations we are getting ready for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect on 25 May 2018. We don’t collect or sell data Unlike most of our friends in the media, we do not keep, sell or use your data. We do not keep databases of names and addresses of

Unitary model for Somerset?

Leader of Somerset County Council, David Fothergill has started the process of looking at the unitary model for councils in Somerset. That means combining the five District Councils and County Council into just one. Not only should it streamline services and make them more efficient for the user, it should enable councils to make large