Nick Gargan suspended (again)

At last something from the sorry saga of Chief Constable Nick Gargan that seems to sensible. Today Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens used powers under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act (section 38) to progress the procedure calling upon the Chief Constable ‘to resign or retire,’ due to a lack

Election called for Langport

Langport Town Council has a vacancy following the retirement of Chris Osbourn. An election has been duly called by ten electors and a date set for Thursday 20th September. Nominations for candidates will close on 20th August. If there are no nominations then the election will be called off and the council will be obliged

Westonzoyland – Affordable Housing

For those of you that think that it has become a contradiction in terms, Sedgemoor District Council will be hosting an affordable housing consultation event on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 at Westonzoyland Village Hall.  The event opens at 3.00pm and will run until 6.00pm. It has become a commonplace that there is a housing crisis

First flight of wild young English cranes for 400 years

Wildlife conservationists are celebrating after young wild cranes took to the air in the West Country for the first time in four centuries. For obvious reasons the conservationists kept news of the young birds’ existence secret since they hatched in May. But the Great Crane Project have confirmed that a pair have fledged on farmland

SSDC warns on bogus telephone calls

Bogus calls are being made to businesses and ordinary members of the public in South Somerset telling them they are due a Council Tax refund and asking for their bank details. South Somerset District Council are aware of the scam and want to warn residents and businesses not to give out personal or bank details

Resurfacing work to hit Langport Again

Work to resurface a main road through the centre of Langport is due to take place later next month. The improvements on the A378 will require a temporary road closure and this has been timed to take place over three evenings (between 6.30pm to 11.30pm) starting on 14 September to minimise disruption as much as

Essential resurfacing in the Huntworth area

Major resurfacing work is due to take place in the Huntworth area next month. Somerset County Council’s highways teams will be carrying out the improvements to Huntworth Lane between the M5  Junction 24 roundabout and Moorland village. Work is due to start on August 10 and expected to take around four weeks. This scheme was

A303 closed after accident – Witness appeal by police

Police are appealing for witnesses following a two-vehicle collision on the A303 Ilminster bypass earlier today. A blue Suzuki Wagon R was in collision with a van between the Southfields roundabout and Hayes End at South Petherton at around 2.20pm. The police believe that the Suzuki was pulling out of a layby and performing a

Maiden speech

As you open your copies of the Langport and Somerset Leveller over the next few days you’ll see an article on our new MPs which refers to the fact that of Somerset MPs, David Warburton (MP for Somerton & Frome) alone had failed to make his maiden speech. This evening that was rectified when he

Chris Osborne resigns from Langport Town Council

At last night’s meeting of Langport Town Council the resignation of Chris Osborne was announced. Chris had served the town council for 43 years and been the chair of the council for 10. Many local people will be aware that Chris has not been in the best of health over the last couple of years