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I’m delighted to tell you that when you read the May edition of the Leveller, the editorial will be out of date.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 And it is out of date because against all expectations and in the face of fierce lobbying, the Post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

Bridgwater Post Office to close

In a surprise announcement it was confirmed today that the main Bridgwater Post Office is to close on Friday. After months of rumours of closure, the announcement that the Post Office would close on Friday, without any alternative provision being put in place, was something of a blow. On behalf of Sedgemoor District Council, the

Appeal for information following collision on A303

Police are appealing for information following a nasty collision on the stretch of the A303 between Ilminster and South Petherton. The incident happened at around 1.30pm today (April 24th ) when a black BMW and a silver 4×4 collided on the eastbound carriageway. The silver 4×4 then collided with a black Mini on the westbound

Od Arts Festival

The Od (just one “d”) Arts Festival brings together artists and audiences for a weekend of contemporary art in the villages of East and West Coker. It is a new festival and at a first attempt attracted 70 artists from a call for work which will include public artworks, performances, paintings and video. The festival

Ilminster assault

Avon & Somerset Police are appealing for witnesses after a man sustained a significant head wound following an assault in Ilminster. Unfortunately, once again this appeal is coming somewhat after the fact. The assault took place over a week ago between 1.30am and 2pm on Saturday 14th April. The victim of the assault was a

Cannabis “factory” discovered in Somerton

from the public. They arrested a 50-year-old female from the town on suspicion of the production of a controlled class B drug. Whilst at the suspect’s address officers found 40 cannabis plants in a large wooden garden shed and a further 20 plants in the garage. PC Tim Rust explained “Yesterday’s find is very positive