Strawberries grown in Somerset this year are set to be bigger and juicier thanks to unseasonal weather in May. Drivers travelling between the A303 Ilminster bypass and the M5 may have to wait until 2028 for the journey to take less time. The Environment Agency says there’s ‘no quick fix’ to the problem of water pollution in protected habitats on Somerset's Levels. People in South Somerset have until 5 pm today to vote on the planned changes to local government in the County...and more.
Strawberries grown in Somerset this year are set to be bigger and juicier thanks to unseasonal weather in May. Fruit farmers in the County claim the local strawberry crop this summer will be one of the tastiest on record
Drivers travelling between the A303 Ilminster bypass and the M5 may have to wait until 2028 for the journey to take less time. Highways England plan to dual the A358 between the Southfields roundabout near Ilminster and Junction 25 on the M5 at Taunton to make it easier to get between the two places but before work can start, the public has to be consulted on the plans and detailed design work carried out which could take several more years to complete.
The Environment Agency says there’s ‘no quick fix’ to the problem of water pollution in protected habitats on Somerset's Levels. Natural England has downgraded the water quality status of some sites on the Levels and called for urgent action to reduce pollutants, called phosphates, which harm wildlife.
People in South Somerset have until 5 pm today (04-06) to vote on the planned changes to local government in the County. The government is considering replacing Somerset’s five existing councils with one or two councils. The one council option is supported by the County Council. The two council option, with one based on the eastern side of Somerset, the other on the western side and this proposal is supported by Somerset’s four District Councils. The result of the poll is due to be announced on Monday.
A new subscription service for using e-scooters in Yeovil has been launched. Z-wings, who run the e-scooters in the town, has introduced a Z-wings Ride Pass for riders to buy passes based on how much they use e-scooters. Four pass options are available ranging in price from £50 to just £5.
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Local News Monday 21st June
A new police station has opened in Wincanton in a building that was previously a Lloyds Bank. People in the Diocese of Bath and Wells are being asked who they’d like to see as their new Bishop. More people in Somerset are needed to sign up as foster carers. Supermarket chain Aldi has announced plans to open a new store in Chard. There’s been a disappointment for local music fans...and more.
Local News Friday 18th June
A woman from Chilthorne Domer, near Yeovil, has appeared in court to deny killing a man. Police have arrested a driver in connection with a fatal crash on the A303 in South Somerset. People in Chard are being asked to help shape the future of the town centre. Talks are underway about re-opening a Museum of South Somerset in Yeovil. Somerset Waste Partnership, says a shortage of drivers is to blame for households not having their waste picked up on time...and more.
Local News Thursday 17th June
It’s thought the government will announce a decision on the future of local government in Somerset by the end of July. A cheese producer in South Somerset is blaming Brexit for not being able to recruit new staff. A road in South Somerset closed four months ago after a landslide and could remain off-limits until the autumn. Lasagne could be replaced with lentils on school dinner menus in Somerset if a former primary school teacher gets her way.
Local News Wednesday 16th June
Police are investigating an attack on a teenage boy in Martock. Business leaders in Somerset have described the delay in lifting coronavirus restrictions as a 'hammer blow'. The NFU in Somerset has given a cautious welcome to the new trade deal between the UK and Australia. A new report is calling for the introduction of weekend and evening visits for people who receive home care. Staff at Nationwide Building Society in Yeovil are raising funds to buy a defibrillator to locate in Middle Street.
Local News Tuesday 15th June
Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh has hit out at the government for not delivering on its promise to lift all lockdown restrictions on June 21st. A firm of local house removers says it’s being held back because of a shortage of HGV drivers. Police are asking for help in tracing two springer spaniel dogs stolen in North Cheriton near Templecombe. A house in Compton Dundon near Somerton has been damaged by fire. The clubhouse at South Petherton Bowling Club is in line to be extended.
Local News Monday 14th June
Public Health England has confirmed that four cases of the Indian variant of Covid 19, also known as the Delta variant, have been recorded in South Somerset. Land off the A303 at Wincanton has been earmarked for a new drive-thru café. Police are trying to trace a teenage Vietnamese boy who has gone missing in Martock. The Fleet Air Arm museum at Yeovilton is taking part in a national challenge to mark Armed Forces Day...and more.
Local News Friday 11th June
Yeovil Town Council is to use funds saved by not staging events during the pandemic to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year. A campaign’s been launched to have a museum dedicated to the history of Yeovil permanently opened in the town centre. A woman in Chilthorne Domer has pleaded guilty to damaging a glass panel door belonging to Kentucky Fried Chicken. A Martock woman is celebrating 30-years as a volunteer with the Guide Dogs charity...and more.
Local News Thursday 10th June
An urgent call has been made for more people to volunteer as stewards at Covid vaccination sites in South Somerset. Changes are being recommended to the Yeovil Parliamentary constituency. Pubs, farms, and stately homes in South Somerset have joined with a national campaign for a relaxation of the rules on temporary campsites. Organisers of Yeovil Pride plan to hold a march in the town again this summer. A Sherborne man has donated his lifetime collection of postage stamps to charity.