Friday 2nd February

    A move to permanently close the road through Chinnock Hollow near Yeovil has been thrown out. Further work is to be carried out to strengthen flood defences around Chard Reservoir. Somerset Council is buying thirty properties to provide safe homes for refugees....and more.

    A move by Somerset Council to permanently close the road through Chinnock Hollow near Yeovil has been voted down. The route, connecting the A30 in East Chinnock with Odcombe, was closed three years ago following a landslide. The decision to oppose the closure has put pressure on Somerset Council, who are seeking to make cuts of £100 million, to find the money to get Chinnock Hollow re-opened.

    Somerset Council is buying 30 properties to provide safe homes for refugees. The homes are being bought with money from the government's local authority housing fund, allowing councils to purchase accommodation for refugees coming to the UK. The council says the homes will be in urban areas to ensure refugees can easily access local services but has not confirmed where in Somerset the homes will be. 

    More than 1,000 people in Somerset have now completed training to become Orange Button holders. It means they've had training in suicide prevention and mental health and are able to offer support to those in need. 

    Further work is to be carried out to strengthen flood defences around Chard Reservoir. It will involve installing an additional structure along Chaffcombe Lane, with the work due to start in the late summer. Somerset Council had originally allocated £99,000 for the improvements but due to their precarious finances, only £21,000 will now be spent.

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    • Wednesday 21st February

      Unions claim up to one thousand jobs could be cut at Somerset Council. People in Chard are being asked for suggestions about where in the town a cinema could be opened. The Gateway in Yeovil is the venue for a concert tonight, marking the second anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine...and more

    • Tuesday 19th February

      Somerset Council meets today to agree on spending cuts of £100 million to prevent the Council from going bankrupt. A Martock man has been charged in connection with an incident at a pro-Palestine demonstration in central London. Ilminster Town Council is holding an auction of furniture at its former offices in North Street...and more

    • Monday 19th February

      There's an increased risk of flooding on local roads today following a weekend of heavy rain. Police have issued an urgent appeal to find a missing teenager, thought to be in South Somerset. A new public clock was officially unveiled in Ilminster town centre at the weekend...and more

    • Friday 16th February

      Police are appealing for witnesses to a crash on the A358 that led to the road shutting for 24 hours. A diabetes remission programme, piloted by NHS Somerset, is being rolled out across England. A Yeovil woman has won a top award for her cake-making...and more.

    • Thursday 15th February

      Avon and Somerset Police are stepping up their efforts to cut knife crime. A driver who videoed himself admitting he was drunk at the wheel before killing a woman in a crash near Wincanton has had his prison sentence increased. Fundraising to support the family of a Somerset jockey who died earlier this month has topped 54 thousand pounds...and more

    • Wednesday 14th February

      Parents say that they are worried about planned cuts to the budget for providing transport to children with special needs. East Street in Chard is closed today for repairs to an electric cable. A car has crashed into a gatepost at Cricket St Thomas that featured in the BBC comedy ‘To the Manor Born’...and more.

    • Tuesday 13th February

      Chard Town Council has voted to put up its share of the Council Tax by 45.2%. A new campaign has been launched to help tackle mental health issues in farming. Three school choirs in Yeovil have joined together to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London...and more

    • Monday 12th February

      NHS Somerset has launched its biggest-ever campaign to test the blood pressure of thousands of people in Somerset. Bus campaigners are calling for a re-think of plans to cut the 54-bus between Yeovil and Wincanton. Plans have been submitted to convert a former mill at South Petherton into a dwelling...and more.

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    • Yeovil

      Heavy Rain

      High: 13°C | Low: 9°C

    • Chard

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      High: 12°C | Low: 8°C

    • Crewkerne

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      High: 12°C | Low: 8°C

    • Somerton

      Light rain

      High: 13°C | Low: 8°C

    • Wincanton

      Heavy Rain

      High: 12°C | Low: 9°C

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