Police are asking motorists to take extra care with black ice a problem for drivers on many roads again today. Huish Episcopi Academy at Langport has been put under special measures by Ofsted. Crewkerne Town Council is putting a number of projects on hold. People living in Shepton Montague near Bruton have a new celebrity neighbour and an Ilminster woman, who’s living with a brain tumour, is taking on a walking challenge for charity.
Police are asking motorists to take extra care with black ice a problem for drivers on many roads again today. Meanwhile, the Environment Agency is warning of localized flooding with a major incident declared on the Somerset Levels.
Huish Episcopi Academy at Langport has been put under special measures by Ofsted. It follows an inspection that found evidence of poor behaviour and bullying, with some pupils saying they felt unsafe at the school.
Crewkerne Town Council is putting a number of projects on hold, including the planned improvements to the Barn Street Recreational area, to help keep down next year’s council tax. The council is also cutting back on its newsletter and giving up some leased office premises. Despite the savings.
People living in Shepton Montague near Bruton have a new celebrity neighbour. He’s the actor Benedict Cumberbatch who has paid just over eight million pounds for a house with land in the area.
An Ilminster woman, who’s living with a brain tumour, is taking on a walking challenge for charity. Katie Galan-Wilkinson is aiming to cover 280-thousand steps during February, raising money for cancer charities. Katie is determined to complete the challenge but says her illness is a constant worry.
Police are warning of a spate of thefts of Ford cars in South Somerset. The government has turned down a bid for levelling-up funds to build a new train station to serve Somerton and Langport. Long-running roadworks on the Somerset-Devon border will continue over the Christmas holidays after a repair scheme was postponed...and more.
Libraries, leisure centres, theatres and recycling centres could all face cuts as Somerset Council tries to save tens of millions of pounds. The people who run Shepton Mallet Prison say the building is closing as a visitor attraction. A licence has been granted to hold an eight-day long Christmas Festival at Yeovil Showground in December...and more
The head of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance says they’re busier now than they have ever been. Housing charities in Somerset say there's been a big rise in the number of people being evicted from private housing, through no fault of their own. A teenager from Ilton has been chosen as the St John Ambulance District Cadet of the Year...and more.
The future of Yeovil Hospital’s stroke unit could be decided at a meeting later this week. A new cycle route in Yeovil, promised for September, won’t now open until the end of December. Somerset Council has announced plans to turn an empty property in Chard into a children's home....and more.
Plans have been submitted to open a new traveller site near Curry Rivel. Wessex Water has started the latest phase of a five-year programme to clean up Somerset’s watercourses of phosphates. Ilminster’s annual Christmas Tree Festival at the Minster starts today. A man from Somerset is taking on the challenge of rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic...and more.
A Police operation has resulted in 160 knives being taken off the streets in the Avon and Somerset force area. Ofsted says pupil suspension rates in Somerset are alarmingly high. It’s a big night for Christmas light switch-on events in South Somerset with Christmas lights being turned on in Wincanton, Ilminster and Crewkerne...and more.
The South Western Ambulance Service is asking people to use its services responsibly as it prepares for a challenging winter. Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, which includes Yeovil Hospital, is contacting people after hospital records were inappropriately accessed. Chard Ladies Rugby team is taking on a new challenge, climbing to the top of the National Three Peaks for charity...and more.
Somerset Council is being given extra funding by the government to repair potholes. Somerset Waste Partnership says it is changing the days when it collects household waste in some parts of South Somerset. A new mobile Post Office service has started operating in Somerset. A school in Chard has won the support of local MP Marcus Fysh,..and more.