Plans to regenerate Chard town centre have been scaled back due to a lack of cash. Wessex Water has told unvaccinated staff they will be paid less for isolating. Equipment at a play area in Bruton is to be replaced at a cost of £35,000. Royal Mail has apologized for delays delivering the mail in Somerset and Thatcher’s Cider in Somerset is giving away 250 apple trees.
Plans to regenerate Chard town centre have been scaled back due to a lack of cash. South Somerset District Council says the decision not to proceed with Phase Two of the Chard Regeneration Project follows a huge overspend building the town’s new public swimming pool and leisure centre. Plans to revamp Boden Mill and Holyrood Lace Mill have been put on hold due to the lack of available funds.
Wessex Water has told unvaccinated staff they will be paid less for isolating after being in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid. The decision means they'll be paid the minimum government sick pay of around £96 a week. The company says absences due to Covid have doubled over the last seven days.
Equipment at a play area in Bruton is to be replaced at a cost of £35,000. Bruton Town Council is making the money available to upgrade the Jubilee Park play area following concerns about safety.
Royal Mail has apologized for delays delivering the mail in Somerset. Staff absences due to Covid has led to mail being delivered several days late in some places.
Thatcher’s Cider in Somerset is giving away 250 apple trees. They’re being offered to community groups, schools, care homes, and sports clubs for planting this spring to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
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Local news Friday 21st January
Carnival clubs in South Somerset are celebrating. Work has started on demolishing the former GKN factory on the Leonardo Helicopter site. A public meeting to discuss the problems of flooding in Chard has been moved to a new date. Motorists are being warned of delays due to road works on a key route in Yeovil and a parish council in the Yeovil area is planning to scale back the prizes it gives in its annual Christmas Lights competition.
Local News Thursday 20th January
A resident's group has won the support of Yeovil Town Council to stop a former care home from being converted to a hostel for homeless people. Local numbers of Covid cases have fallen according to Somerset’s Director of Public Health Trudi Grant. Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil have signed up as the main tenant of the new I-aero building on Bunford Lane in Yeovil. Opposition is growing to sheds being built on the Dillington estate near Ilminster for local carnival clubs to build floats...and more.
Local News Wednesday 19th January
A rare gold coin, dating back to the 13th century, has been found on the Blackdown Hills. Somerset’s economy has suffered more than most during the pandemic due to it being too reliant on the hospitality sector. Chard has been given funding to help one hundred local people, not in work. Magna Housing says half of the twenty-eight new homes that it plans to build at Chilthorne Domer near Yeovil will be ‘affordable’...and more.
Local News Tuesday 18th January
South Somerset District Council is offering free energy efficiency surveys to local people to help them save money on their energy bills. A temporary timetable has been introduced by South Western Railway. Employers in Somerset are being told they need to think about the mental and physical health impacts of staff working from home. Motorists are facing three weeks of diversions while a key route on the Blackdown Hills is resurfaced. People are being asked to comment on plans for the future of areas of outstanding natural beauty in South Somerset...and more.
Local News Monday 17th January
Health managers in Somerset say they are encouraged by the declining cases of Covid. A Yeovil mother has appeared in court over her child not attending school. Somerset County Council has given its support to a quarry near Chard being expanded. Prince Andrew will no longer be the Commodore-in-Chief of the Fleet Air Arm. Two Somerset charities are to benefit from a grant scheme that ran over the Christmas period and Terry Skiverton has left Yeovil Town after 23 years service at Huish Park.
Local News Friday 14th January
The Chair of Yeovil Conservative Association, Huw Lawford has come out in support of Boris Johnson. Work has started on a £7 million project to expand Holyrood Academy in Chard. A care home in Castle Cary has been rated 'inadequate' by the Care Quality Commission. South Petherton has been dubbed one of the coolest places to live in the UK and Yeovil Town will be looking to get back to winning ways tomorrow when they take on Needham Market in the fourth round of the FA Cup Trophy.
Local News Wednesday 12th January
A man has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at a shop in Yeovil. A Public Health Consultant says Somerset's Covid case rates are at their highest ever. Police investigating an assault in Crewkerne in the week before Christmas are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. A bird of prey sanctuary in Chard has raised the money it needed to build a new treatment unit for injured birds and registration has opened for the Dorset and Somerset Air ambulance Coast2Coast cycle run.
Local News Tuesday 11th January
Police have arrested a motorist on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs in Yeovil. A new drug given to a Somerset boy to treat his medical condition has made it possible for him to try different food for the first time. The Red Dress, a global embroidery project that has taken 12 years to complete, has gone on display in Somerton. We're being asked to run, walk, swim or even dance one mile a day for St Margaret's Hospice. Motorists in Chard are being advised of road works for the rest of January.