Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh has come out against plans to turn a former care home into a place for the homeless people in Yeovil. People have voted in an unofficial poll for Somerset’s new unitary council to be based in Wells. A man found hiding in the porch of a house in Yeovil has been jailed and the cost of dealing with farm fires in the South West rose by just over a third last year.
Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh has come out against plans to turn a former care home into a place for the homeless people in Yeovil. Bournemouth Churches Housing Association want to shut their homeless shelter in Newton Road in Yeovil town centre and move the facility to the former care home on Hendford Hill. More than 200 people in the Hendford Hill areas are trying to stop the move. Marcus Fysh says the proposed location on Hendford Hill is ‘wholly unsuitable’. South Somerset District Council are due to make a decision on the plans early in the New Year.
A planning inquiry into building 200 new homes in Castle Cary has been unexpectedly halted. Wyke Farms and Andrew Hopkins are contesting South Somerset District Council’s decision to refuse permission for the development off Station Road. Due to technical difficulties the inquiry was halted after just one session and won’t resume until late March next year.
People have voted in an unofficial poll for Somerset’s new unitary council to be based in Wells. The County Council and four district councils are being replaced by a new single Council to be called Somerset Council that will come into force in April 2023. In the vote on social media, a majority of local residents opted for Wells as the place to base the new authority, however, a spokesperson said they have no plans to build an HQ for the new Council in Wells or anywhere else for that matter and that decisions about using existing council owned buildings would be taken at a later date.
A man found hiding in the porch of a house in Yeovil has been jailed. Taunton Crown Court was told that police found Liam Raybould hiding in a house on Glenville Road after a member of the public reported suspicious activity. Nothing had been stolen but Raybould of West Hendford was arrested and charged with dwelling burglary.
The cost of dealing with farm fires in the South West rose by just over a third last year. Insurers NFU Mutual say they paid out £8 million pounds to farmers for damage caused by fire in 2020 with electrical faults the cause of most farm fires.
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Local News Monday 6th December
Yeovil Carnival could be revived next year. South Somerset District Council is planning to buy a property in Yeovil to drive forward its regeneration of the town centre. A teenager who took police on a high-speed chase around country lanes in Crewkerne has been given was a suspended prison sentence. Owners of cats in South Somerset that are aged 20-weeks and over will need to have them microchipped. Businesses in South Somerset are being encouraged to sign up for a new initiative to tackle food waste...and more.
Local News Friday 3rd December
Elections for the new 'one' council in Somerset are to take place as planned in May next year. A man injured when his mobility scooter collided with a van in Chard has died in hospital. A man injured when his mobility scooter collided with a van in Chard has died in hospital. A man injured when his mobility scooter collided with a van in Chard has died in hospital and Leonardo in Yeovil say they’ve completed the first flight of a helicopter using 'sustainable fuel'.
Local News Thursday 2nd December
Somerset's hospitals, pharmacists and GPs are being sent detailed guidance for helping with the major expansion of the Covid booster programme. Police say they’ve stopped a large amount of drugs from circulating in Chard. Police are investigating a spate of thefts of tools from parked vans in Ilminster. The go-ahead has been given for a new farm shop to be built on the outskirts of Keinton Mandeville. One in ten people in the South West says they've been involved in a collision on a rural road...and more.
Local News Wednesday 1st December
A Yeovil business owner is asking people not to be put off using local shops by the re-introduction of the compulsory wearing of face masks. Work’s due to begin early in the New Year up-grading the traffic lights and pedestrian crossings along Lysander Road in Yeovil. Plans have been submitted to convert a former nursery building in Yeovil for residential living. A local man has set off on a 200-mile fundraising trip for Yeovil Freewheelers Blood Bikes...and more.
Local News Tuesday 30th November
An investigation is underway into reports that dogs have fallen ill after being walked at Ham Hill Country Park. Police have arrested a man in connection with last Friday’s incident at a bank in Yeovil town centre. Somerset County Council has been criticised by a High Court Judge over its adoption processes. Police have been carried out checks on a hunt at Wincanton. Somerset Care is marking its 30-year anniversary this week...and more.
Local News Monday 29th November
A man has been left seriously injured after a van and a mobility scooter collided in Chard at the weekend. Police are appealing for information after an incident at a bank in Yeovil. Somerset Waste Partnership says it's seen a 35% increase in cardboard being put out for recycling. Sarah Crew has been appointed as the new Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police. Plans have been submitted to convert a building into a health and wellness centre in Bruton...and more.
Local News Friday 26th November
A driver has been jailed for taking police on a 100 mph car chase through South Somerset. Independent retailers in Somerset are calling on shoppers to remember them on Black Friday today and support "Indie Friday" instead. A Chard man has appeared in court charged with assault and being the owner of a dangerous dog that was out of control. A man who handed a purse into Chard police station is being asked to contact the police. Yeovil’s open-air market in Middle Street tomorrow has been cancelled...and more