Five thousand people have now signed a petition opposing plans to close the acute stroke ward at Yeovil Hospital. People in Queen Camel have launched a crowdfunding appeal to help repair the damage caused by the major flooding event of two weeks ago. The main A30 through West Coker is to shut for six weeks this summer for resurfacing and new traffic lights...and more.
Five thousand people have now signed a petition opposing plans to close the acute stroke ward at Yeovil Hospital. NHS Somerset wants to shut the Yeovil unit and centralise stroke services at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. Both Yeovil and Musgrove Park hospitals have stroke units but NHS Somerset says a shortage of specialist staff means they can’t provide twenty-four-hour cover.
People in Queen Camel have launched a crowdfunding appeal to help repair the damage caused by the major flooding event of two weeks ago.
The main A30 through West Coker is to shut for six weeks this summer for resurfacing and new traffic lights. The road will close between the Coker Hill Bridge and Green Lane from Saturday, July 22nd to Monday, September 4th. The new traffic lights will be installed by the Post Office at the junction of High Street with Church Street and East Street. Motorists using the A30 to drive into Yeovil from Chard and Crewkerne will be diverted along the A356 and onto the A303 adding seventeen miles to the journey.
A twenty-year-old man has been jailed for twenty-eight months for supplying crack cocaine and heroin in Yeovil. Taunton Crown Court was told that Seamus Ford of Eastleigh in Hampshire was arrested during a policing operation targeted at County Lines Drugs dealing.
Plans have been submitted to convert a former day centre in Chard into a special needs school. The building on Wilkins Close, previously called the Laurels, closed as a day centre in 2020 and is now owned by Somerset Council. Three Dimensions Ltd has applied for planning permission to convert the building to a special school for up to thirty pupils.
A new leaflet's been produced to help cyclists discover more of Somerset. It’s divided into eight sections exploring country lanes, market towns and villages, covering eighty miles of cycleways. The leaflet's free and is available from tourist information centres.
Councillor Leanne Taylor was re-elected Mayor of Ilminster at the Town Council's annual meeting. Councillor Brian Hamilton was re-elected to act as her deputy.
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A ban on e-scooters on trains and at stations in South Somerset has come into force. Somerset Council is looking for more volunteers to help young people in the County. A Chard motorist has been fined two-hundred-and-seventy-six pounds after being caught driving at sixty-nine miles per hour in a thirty zone. The Royal Bath and West Show enters its second day today...and more.
Local News Thursday 1st June
Yeovil College has been downgraded to ‘Requiring Improvement’ following an Ofsted inspection. Yeovil Town says season ticket sales are fifty per cent up on this time last year. Police are appealing for witnesses to a road accident in Yeovil in which a man needed hospital treatment for facial injuries. A new skate park in Yew Tree Park in Yeovil has been officially opened...and more.
Local News Wednesday 31st May
Police are investigating a break-in at a house in South Petherton in which cash and jewellery were stolen. Somerset Council has defended its policy of not cutting roadside grass verges. Plans have been passed to convert the former Post Office in Somerton into a home. The new CEO of the Royal Bath and West Society says she’s feeling excited and a little nervous ahead of her first Royal Bath and West Show...and more.
Local News Tuesday 30th May
Rising costs have been blamed for forcing the cancellation of this year’s Farmfest Music Festival in Bruton. Training at the Underwater Escape Unit at RNAS Yeovilton has been halted due to damage caused by the major flooding event in South Somerset earlier in the month. Householders in Somerset are being reminded that rubbish and recycling collections this week are running a day late because of the Bank Holiday...and more.
Local News Friday 26th May
Somerset Council is looking to save ten million pounds a year in how it delivers Adult Social Care services. A parade's been held at RNAS Yeovilton to celebrate the latest group of pilots and crew completing their helicopter flight training. Cartons will no longer be accepted at Somerset’s recycling sites from next month. The annual Od Arts Festival held in the villages of East and West Coker opens to the public today...and more.
Local News Thursday 25th May
Bridgwater is expected to be confirmed as the site to build a major new factory, making batteries for electric vehicles. Permission has been granted to convert the former village shop in Bradford Abbas into a home. A local man who set himself the task of climbing Mount Snowden, Scafell Pike, and Ben Nevis for charity, has completed the challenge in just twelve days...and more.
Local News Wednesday 24th May
Work has started building a new Breast Cancer Unit at Yeovil Hospital. One of the first summer music festivals takes place near Ilminster this weekend. Work is underway this week removing dozens of diseased and dead trees in Crewkerne. An appeal’s been launched to raise £20,000 to open a village shop in Hatch Beauchamp...and more.
Local News Tuesday 23rd May
National Highways says it plans to go ahead with dualling the A358 linking the Ilminster bypass with the M5 despite government policy shifting towards cheaper road schemes. Permission has been given to build fifteen new houses in the village of Ilton. A creation by a Yeovil garden designer is on display at this week’s Chelsea Flower Show...and more.