More than three-hundred-and-sixty-thousand people in Somerset have now received their first Covid vaccine, according to new figures from NHS England. The result of a public poll on the shake-up of local government in Somerset is due to be announced today. Avon and Somerset Police are providing officers for the policing operation at the G7 summit in Cornwall later this week. South Somerset District Council has given a grant of £400,000 towards new emergency accommodation for homeless people in Yeovil...and more.
More than three-hundred-and-sixty-thousand people in Somerset have now received their first Covid vaccine, according to new figures from NHS England. They also say that in the latest age group to be given the jab, 30 to 34-year-olds, around a third of people have already been vaccinated.
The result of a public poll on the shake-up of local government in Somerset is due to be announced today. Polling closed on Friday on the plan to scrap Somerset’s existing five councils and replace them with one council to run all services in Somerset or two councils, one based on the eastern side of the county the other on the western side. The government says it won’t be influenced in making its decision by the outcome. The poll’s been funded by Somerset’s four district councils and described by Somerset County Council as a ‘waste of public money’.
Avon and Somerset Police are providing officers for the policing operation at the G7 summit in Cornwall later this week. It’s not been confirmed how many offers are being deployed but Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset, Mark Shelford, says helping at the G7 won’t affect policing levels in Somerset.
South Somerset District Council has given a grant of £400,000 towards new emergency accommodation for homeless people in Yeovil. The Pathways facility on Newton Road in Yeovil, which houses up to 30 people, is no longer considered fit for purpose. The new facility, on the outskirts of Yeovil, will have 39 en-suite rooms with kitchenettes, and communal space for group work and leisure activities.
Work starts this week on major repairs to the David Hall in South Petherton. The arts venue has been given grants totalling thirty-five thousand pounds to make the building safe, including blocking a leaking roof.
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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.