Somerton Sports Club latest saga

Somerton Town Council have “reluctantly” issued a press release on behalf of the Somerton Recreation Ground Trust about the current state of negotiations with the Sports Club which leases facilities from the Trust. This has been a long running dispute dating back to 2013 with regular impassioned interventions at public and council meetings on behalf

Appeal after robbery in Merriott

Avon & Somerset Police are appealing to the public for information following a robbery in Merriott. A man walked into Broadway Service Station on Broadway at approximately 11.30am last Monday (3/7) and stole a significant quantity of cash from staff inside. The offender then fled the scene in a dark coloured vehicle which was waiting

The end of the road! NIDR opens tomorrow

At last I hear you sigh. The Northern Inner Distributor Road will open to traffic tomorrow. The full details of the scheme include the Construction of the new Firepool Bridge over the River Tone and canal. Replacement of the historic Kingston Loop Bridge over Station Road. Replacement of the 40 Steps footbridge over the railway

23 arrests after drugs warrants in Taunton

Avon & Somerset Police today arrested 23 people and executed 15 search warrants in relation to drug supply in Taunton. Weapons and drugs were seized at many of the properties and those arrested were taken to Bridgwater Police Centre. Several of today’s warrants were executed at a property run by Taunton Association for the homeless.

Westfield Tower – an update on cladding

In response to further questions asked by the Leveller, Sedgemoor District Council have today issued a “Position Statement” to reassure residents of Westfield Tower. Specifically, in the light of the widely reported cladding failures in testing of samples taken from tower blocks around the UK, we asked about the choice of cladding at Westfield. SDC

Westfield Tower, Bridgwater

In response to a request from the Leveller, yesterday Homes in Sedgemoor (HiS)  issued a statement on the fire risk at their social housing blocks. Westfield House, a ten storey block and a series of low rise blocks that surround it are all managed by HiS. There will be a full article in the July

Children’s Services – must try harder

The latest inspection by Ofsted of Somerset County Council’s Children  Services team is a mixed blessing. There are undoubtedly some positives and given the low point the department are coming from (two successive “Inadequate” ratings) this is to be welcomed. The Inspection report is on occasion damning in its lukewarm words – for instance “Overall,

£20m The Price of Ambition

New plans have been unveiled which, if funds can be raised, will see the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton transformed. Encouraged by the successful revitalisation of the theatre under the leadership of Vanessa Lefrancois, Taunton Deane Borough Council, owner of the Brewhouse have prepared plans to upgrade the building. In a year when austerity appears to

Elections – and now the big one…..

Of course as we have been posting up the results of the general election I appreciate that a sizeable number of our readers have actually been waiting for something much more important. So now here is the final tally for the Huish Episcopi Parish Council by-election. Remember that as a result of two resignations, this

Can they count down there?

It is now 8.30 and whilst we understand that Kensington is going through the recount mill and must be very close indeed, the remaining 3 seats to declare are in Cornwall. Why is that? The most geographically widespread constituency in England is Somerton and Frome and that declared before 4am.  It is not that Cornwall