Local news Friday 21st January

    Carnival clubs in South Somerset are celebrating. Work has started on demolishing the former GKN factory on the Leonardo Helicopter site. A public meeting to discuss the problems of flooding in Chard has been moved to a new date. Motorists are being warned of delays due to road works on a key route in Yeovil and a parish council in the Yeovil area is planning to scale back the prizes it gives in its annual Christmas Lights competition.

    Carnival clubs in South Somerset are celebrating, after winning a planning battle to build a large shed to use for building carnival floats on the Dillington Estate, near Ilminster. The plans were opposed by several parish councils, who claimed that road access to the site where the shed will be built was inadequate to cope with wide Carnival floats. Despite the concerns, the plans were approved by a majority of one vote at a meeting of South Somerset District Council’s Area West Committee.

    Work has started on demolishing the former GKN factory on the Leonardo Helicopter site in Yeovil at West Hendford. It’s to make way for a new £30 million logistics and distribution centre. Leonardo says all its Yeovil-based warehousing will transfer to the new facility when work on building it is completed in late 2023.

    A public meeting to discuss the problems of flooding in Chard has been moved to a new date. The event was meant to take place in the Chard Guildhall next Monday but will now be held on Monday, February 28th, again at the Guildhall. 

    Motorists are being warned of delays due to road works on a key route in Yeovil that will last up to a month. Work is due to start on Monday resurfacing Combe Street Lane with the job not expected to be completed until Friday, February 25th. Somerset County Council says access for residents will be maintained but that delays can be expected with through traffic.

    A parish council in the Yeovil area is planning to scale back the prizes it gives in its annual Christmas Lights competition, to discourage local residents from decorating the outsides of their houses with illuminated Christmas lighting. Members of Brympton Parish Council meet next week to discuss the move, which the Council says is aimed at reducing carbon emissions within the parish.
     

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