Local News Monday 13th March

    New help is being offered to people in Yeovil and South Somerset who smoke to get them to quit. Over four hundred thousand pounds is being spent making Somerset's roads more cyclist and pedestrian friendly. ‘Visit Somerset’ is calling on the government to speed up investment in providing vehicle electric charging points. New road signs are to be put up to welcome people into Somerset...and more.

    New help is being offered to people in Yeovil and South Somerset who smoke to get them to quit. It follows figures showing that five thousand people are admitted to local hospitals every year with smoking-related illnesses. The package includes better advice on ways to stop smoking, together with access to medical treatments. 

    New road signs are to be put up to welcome people into Somerset. The ‘Somerset Council Welcomes You’ signs will be located at entry points around the area run by the new Somerset unitary Council. It’s long been claimed that the old ‘Welcome to Somerset’ signs ignored Bath and Weston-super-mare as being part of Somerset. 

    Over four hundred thousand pounds is being spent making Somerset roads more cyclist and pedestrian friendly. The cash from Active Transport England will be used to improve planning and transport policy, to consult with the public on what's needed, and to train staff.

    The CEO of ‘Visit Somerset’ is calling on the government to speed up investment in providing vehicle electric charging points. John Turner says the tourism sector fears the lack of charging points could deter visitors from making a local stop-off.

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    • Friday 1st March

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    • Wednesday 28th February

      There has been a big rise in the number of children being educated at home in Somerset. Plans have been submitted to build sixty new homes in South Petherton. Wells Cathedral is the setting this week of an immersive light show celebrating the Coronation of King Charles...and more.

    • Tuesday 27th February

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    • Monday 26th February

      An investigation is underway into a major fire at the weekend that destroyed the premises of two businesses in Chard. Junior doctors at Yeovil Hospital are on strike again today as part of a national five-day stoppage in support of a 35 per cent pay demand. A feature film made by a lecturer at Yeovil College for just £5000 has had its premier showing...and more.

    • Friday 23rd February

      Eight people have been arrested on suspicion of committing fraud and money laundering in the South West, including in Somerset. Bus users in Yeovil have welcomed the decision to keep the 54 and 58 services running for a further 12 months. Young people in Chard will soon have the chance to learn about dance, drama and singing at a new School of Musical Theatre...and more.

    • Thursday 22nd February

      The 54 and 58 bus routes that operate out of Yeovil have been saved from closure. Work has been completed on a four-year-long project to smarten up Chard town centre. The Conservative opposition Leader at Somerset Council is warning of 1200 job cuts as the Council makes savings of £100 million...and more.

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