Local News Thursday 18th May

    Twenty-nine senior managers at Somerset Council are being made redundant. Ofsted has carried out a re-inspection at Huish Episcopi Academy near Langport. Police are appealing for dash cam footage of a fatal crash on the A303 in South Somerset. We’re being encouraged this month to take part in 'No Mow May'...and more.

    Twenty-nine senior managers at Somerset Council are being made redundant at a cost of more than five million pounds. They worked at the four district councils and the county council, which were closed and combined to form the new unitary Council that launched in April. 

    Ofsted has carried out a re-inspection at Huish Episcopi Academy near Langport after an inspection earlier in the year found examples of aggressive behaviour that was putting the safety of children at risk. Ofsted say that following the arrival of a new head teacher they’re now satisfied children are being kept safe but the school should remain in special measures. 

    Police are appealing for dash cam footage of a fatal crash on the A303 in South Somerset. It happened on Monday afternoon when a car and a van collided at Camel Hill. If you witnessed the accident you're asked to please call the non-emergency number 101.

    Somerset Council is bidding for three-point-seven million pounds of government funding to improve the availability of electric car charging points across the county. It wants to look at how people can charge an electric car at home if they don't have a driveway.

    We’re being encouraged this month to take part in 'No Mow May'. The aim is to persuade people to let their gardens grow and allow pollinating insects to flourish. Somerset Council says eighty per cent of rural verges will be cut outside of No Mow May, with a maximum cut of a single one-metre swathe of verge, unless there are specific safety risks.

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    • Tuesday 18th June

      People are being told not to approach a man with links to Yeovil who’s wanted on recall to prison. Plans have been submitted to build a new 60-bed hotel next to the new dualled section of the A303 between the Sparkford and Podimore roundabouts. Midnight tonight is the deadline to register for a vote in the General Election...and more.

    • Monday 17th June

      A man has been jailed for five years and eight months after pleading guilty to a series of burglaries across Somerset and Devon, including in Chard. Glenville Road Post Office in Yeovil could be converted into a house. If you’re not registered to vote in the General Election, you only have until midnight tomorrow in which to do so...and more.

    • Friday 14th June

      The A303 through South Somerset has topped a list for being the most congested ‘A’ road in the County. The organisers of the Glastonbury Festival are urging people to "leave no trace" when they descend on Worthy Farm in two weeks. South Petherton will be awash with musicians and street dancers this weekend with the staging of the annual Petherton Folk Fest...and more.

    • Thursday 13th June

      Health experts are warning of a rise in the number of ticks in Somerset. Police are investigating graffiti containing racist and homophobic language found on a youth shelter in Ilminster. A Chard teenager reported missing from home on Wednesday morning, has been found safe and well...and more.

    • Wednesday 12th June

      A Yeovil man who committed non-recent sex offences against a teenage girl has been jailed for seven years. Tourism in the South West is at its lowest point for ten years. The Devon Truck Show has been announced as the new main sponsor of Chard Carnival...and more.

    • Tuesday 11th June

      Around one in ten cats in Somerset still aren't microchipped despite a new law making it compulsory. A survey has ranked Somerset among the UK's top destinations to visit by camper van. Members of Yeovil Freewheelers have completed a one thousand-mile fundraising trip from Land’s End to John O’Groats... and more.

    • Monday 10th June

      Nominations have closed for candidates standing in the general election in the Yeovil parliamentary constituency. A new rural bus hub is being developed in Somerton at a cost of half a million pounds. Organisers of the Shindig Festival are trying to find the owner of a car that's been left behind, two weeks after the event at Dillington House ended...and more.

    • Friday 7th June

      Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident in which a woman was punched by a man in a Yeovil supermarket car park. Up to eighty new jobs could be created in Chard with the opening of a new care home. A new junction could be built off the M5 to provide a link to the gigafactory being built at Puriton near Bridgwater...and more.

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