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Early Launch

The Conservatives have launched their manifesto for the County Council elections in Wells. Inviting Westminster MP for Taunton Deane and Secretary of State Sajid Javid to provide moral support it kicks off what may well feel, for the voter if not the candidates, like a very long run in. We still have 8 weeks to

Great Western Disaster

We reported in detail last year on the problems with the contract to electrify the line from London to Bristol and the impact this would have for fast trains coming on down to Somerset. Today the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee published a report which pretty much vindicated everything we said in our article.

Unmanned Helicopter deal with Leonardo

During a major innovation speech at the University of Oxford tomorrow, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon will announce the launch of the second phase of innovative research and development, exploring the future of unmanned air systems. Developed in partnership with Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil, the Rotary Wing Unmanned Air Systems (RWUAS) Capability Concept Demonstrator will

Langport Post Office still open

It is a bit of a sad note to finish on after all their years serving the community of Langport but Lynne and Jeff report that the Postbox outside Langport Post Office was vandalised last Thursday 23rd February. So if you need to post a letter, please either hand it over to them at the

New Huish Signs

New Gateway Signs for Huish Episcopi

This week the new gateway signs for the parish of Huish Episcopi went up and rather splendid they look too. The photo below does not really do them justice, but it was a very grey day!  And here it is:  Meanwhile an interesting question remains. Where is that 100m or so stretch of road that

Heart of the South West LEP accounts

In our February issue we discuss the fact that the Heart of the SW LEP does not produce full accounts. What it does do is publicise long lists of revenues and costs on the County Council website, without totals and without the data having any great meaning. It does also publish dormant company accounts. These

Curry Rivel – arson investigation launched

Avon and Somerset Police have launched an investigation into a case of suspected arson at Curry Rivel. A fire that burned through the night of the 3rd February destroyed over £50,000 worth of straw and reed beds in a field in the Dyers Road area. Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward and believe

Town votes funds for station

By the narrowest of votes, five in favour to four against, Langport Town Council voted this evening to provide funds towards a feasibility study to look into reopening Langport Station.  As the Leveller revealed last year, there are two stumbling blocks to getting the station reopened. The first is that to access the new stations

Long-serving staff celebrated at Portcullis House

On 2nd February, celebrations took place at Portcullis House to recognise five long-serving staff members. Staff, residents and family members were invited to attend the a vintage tea party, complete with vintage crockery, bunting, balloons and paper lanterns. The five staff members have between them clocked up an impressive combined 70 years working for Somerset

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