Opposition is growing over plans to convert a former care home in Yeovil into a place for homeless people. A man has died in an accident on the A303 in South Somerset. A building in Yeovil used by the Park School as a sixth form centre is to be converted to a gym and lifestyle centre. The idea of providing carnival clubs with a place to build their floats in Ilminster is back on. One of the main car dealerships in Chard closes today...and more.
Opposition is growing over plans to convert a former care home in Yeovil into a place for homeless people. Bournemouth Churches Housing Association has applied for a ‘change of use’ on the former Acacia Nursing home on Hendford Hill. If granted, they would close the Pathways Homeless facility on Newton Road in Yeovil and move it to Hendford Hill but people who live in the area are concerned that incidents of anti-social behaviour in Newton Road could transfer to Hendford Hill.
A man has died in an accident on the A303 in South Somerset. It happened between the IIchester junction and Podimore roundabout at around 9.30 am yesterday morning.
A building in Yeovil used by the Park School as a sixth form centre is to be converted to a gym and lifestyle centre. South Somerset District Council agreed to the ‘change of use’ after being told the building would not materially alter in appearance.
One of the main car dealerships in Chard closes today. Chard Ford on Fore Street has been in the town for 15-years. Business owners, the Foray Motor Group, said customers should visit their Yeovil Ford dealership. They say all the staff at Chard Ford have been found other jobs within the group.
The idea of providing carnival clubs with a place to build their floats in Ilminster is back on. A mix-up over a planning application led to the project being dropped. Now, Ilminster Town Council has put its name to building the Carnival Park and re-submitted the planning application. If approved by the district council, the Carnival Park will be on land off Longforward Lane, in between Kingstone and The Seavingtons.
This year's NASS Festival at the Bath and West Showground has been cancelled. The music, skating and BMX riding event was to have taken place between the 23rd and 26th of September. But organisers say concerns about further lockdowns and the cost of insurance had made it non-viable. Tickets will be rolled over to next year or refunded.
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There's been a big increase in the number of phone appointments being carried out by family doctors in Somerset. It's the last day for care home workers in Somerset to get a first covid vaccine. Inquests into the deaths of two people in a crash involving a light aircraft at Buckland St Mary near Chard have been opened and adjourned. Plans for a giant solar farm that crosses into Dorset from South Somerset near South Perrott will soon be decided...and more.
Local News Thursday 16th September
Former Leader of South Somerset District Council, Rick Pallister, has been giving evidence at his trial at Taunton Crown Court. Children aged 12-to-15 in Somerset are to be offered a coronavirus vaccine starting from next week. ASDA has submitted a planning application to redevelop part of their Yeovil store. Two men have appeared in court in connection with the supply of class A drugs in Yeovil...and more.
Local News Wednesday 15th September
Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh has spoken out against giving children the Covid vaccine. More than 200 people are objecting to plans to convert a former care home into a homeless shelter in Yeovil. Police are appealing for dashcam footage of a motorist driving "in a dangerous manner" as part of an ongoing investigation. Two mill buildings in Chard could still be redeveloped despite a decision to put the plan on hold...and more.
Local News Tuesday 14th September
The first families to be resettled in Somerset from Afghanistan are due to arrive in the County in about a month from now. he date of Monday, September 20th has been given for work to start on part-pedestrianising Westminster Street in Yeovil town centre. Garden waste collections have resumed across Somerset. Applications for secondary school places in Somerset for 2022 have opened. Families of young people with learning disabilities in Somerset are being invited to apply for funding...and more.
Local News Monday 13th September
A new report claims that young people in Somerset are carrying knives because of what they see on social media. Dentists in Somerset are reporting an increase in tooth extractions since Covid restrictions were eased. A man has died in a road accident near Chard. Two pub owners on the A37 outside Yeovil are complaining about roadworks losing them business. Work begins today on relaying damaged and worn-out track on the Paddington to Penzance line at Somerton...and more.
Local News Thursday 9th September
The sale of the former Oscar Mayer site in Chard to Numatic International, makers of the Henry vacuum cleaner, has been confirmed. It will be several more weeks yet before the first Afghan families start arriving in South Somerset. A Yeovil man is facing prosecution for riding a privately owned electric scooter in a public place without insurance. South Western Ambulance who operates in South Somerset says it’s still experiencing unprecedented high levels of calls...and more.
Local News Wednesday 8th September
The trial continues at Taunton Crown Court today of former Leader of South Somerset District Council Ric Pallister. People are being asked to use the camera on their smartphones to help paramedics assess a person’s injuries before being taken to hospital. Ilminster is gearing up to host one of the largest town crier competitions in England. The return of Somerset Armed Forces Day has been announced, with a new celebrity face at the forefront of the event...and more.
Local News Tuesday 7th September
As schools in South Somerset return for the new term, teaching unions have raised concerns around a lack of safety measures around Covid. Members of Somerset County Council meet today to discuss selling off more of the County Farm Estate. Four people have been arrested in connection with a disturbance in Yeovil. Three men have been arrested on suspicion of theft after farm vehicles, plant equipment and a horse were stolen from Tintinhull...and more.