Local News Friday 20th January

    A new large-scale solar farm could be built near Crewkerne. Greentech Ltd has submitted an inquiry to South Somerset District Council about using land on Dunsham Lane in Wayford for the scheme. The Environment Agency says flood water on the Somerset Levels is receding but that a major incident remains in place. Councillor Jenny Kenton has been elected as the new Mayor of Chard...and more.

    A new large-scale solar farm could be built near Crewkerne. Greentech Ltd has submitted an inquiry to South Somerset District Council about using land on Dunsham Lane in Wayford for the scheme. The company claims the site would be enclosed to prevent it from impacting the character of the village. 

    The Environment Agency says flood water on the Somerset Levels is receding but that a major incident remains in place. Extra pumps are being used to remove the excess water but residents and the Leader of Somerset County Council, Councillor Bill Revans have both accused the Agency of not acting fast enough. 

    Councillor Jenny Kenton has been elected as the new Mayor of Chard. Her appointment follows the resignation in December of Councillor Martin Carnell as Mayor. Councillor Kenton will serve until May when a fresh election will be held to fill the post of Mayor. The new Deputy Mayor of Chard is Councillor Claire Brown. 

    The Chair of Avon and Somerset Police Federation, Mark Loker, wants his colleagues to speak out if they have suspicions about their fellow officers. It follows the case of David Carrick - the former Met Police Officer who committed numerous acts of sexual abuse, including rape, while a serving officer. 

    The owner of a flower shop in Ilminster has donated £500 towards the costs of the town’s Christmas lights. Angie Blackwell of Cottage Flowers in the High Street raised the money by giving a demonstration of festive flower arranging at The Warehouse Theatre in Ilminster in December.

    The Fixy Reuse van operated by Somerset Waste Partnership is in Martock today. It’s parked outside the Parish Hall until 1 pm for people to hand in items of unwanted tech equipment like PCs, laptops and screens. All the items will be re-used.
     

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