A survey has shown that it’s become almost impossible to book an NHS dental appointment in Chard, Ilminster, Crewkerne and Martock. It’s been confirmed that people in Somerset on the lowest incomes will not have to pay any council tax from next April. We're being asked to take extra care when using electric heaters. Children are being invited to enter a competition to design a Christmas card for Avon and Somerset Police...and more.
A survey has shown that it’s become almost impossible to book an NHS dental appointment in Chard, Ilminster, Crewkerne and Martock. Of eight dental practices questioned, none said they were accepting new patients, with two saying that patients would have to be ‘referred’ for them to receive treatment. The survey comes after the British Dental Association gave a warning that NHS dentistry in Somerset is on the brink of collapse.
It’s been confirmed that people in Somerset on the lowest incomes will not have to pay any council tax from next April. The decision was made at a meeting yesterday of Somerset County Council. Foster carers will also get a 50% reduction on their rates bills next year.
We're being asked to take extra care when using electric heaters. There's concern about a fire risk as more people use electric heaters to keep warm and cut energy costs. The charity Electrical Safety First says electric blankets, especially those that are several years old, also present a fire risk.
Anyone who worked at, or has connections with the old Morland's and Baily's sheepskin factories in Glastonbury is being invited to get involved in a new heritage project. It’s aimed at celebrating the town's working-class history.
Children are being invited to enter a competition to design a Christmas card for Avon and Somerset Police. To take part, children aged four to eleven should submit a simple drawing on the theme of ‘How police keep communities safe’. Two winners will receive a visit from the Police mounted section at home or at school, plus a gift voucher. The closing date for entries is Friday, December 2nd. More details can be found on the Avon and Somerset Police website.
The Government has given Somerset Council the go-ahead to use income from selling property assets to pay day-to-day running costs. A councillor in Chard has started a petition calling for a rethink of plans to close Sunnymeade Care Home in the town. Ticket inspectors have been employed to travel on buses in Somerset to check that passengers have valid tickets...and more.
Fines are being increased at schools in Somerset for parents who take their children out of school without permission. Residents in Dean near Shepton Mallet have been clearing up after a major flood event. Wells Cathedral has announced that visitors will soon have to pay to look around the historic building...and more.
It’s hoped that businesses in Yeovil will benefit from a new £4 billion car battery-making factory being built near Bridgwater. A consultation is underway into plans to shut the Sunnymeade care home in Chard. Women in Wincanton are being offered free business training by the entrepreneur and PR guru Lynne Franks...and more.
There has been a big rise in the number of children being educated at home in Somerset. Plans have been submitted to build sixty new homes in South Petherton. Wells Cathedral is the setting this week of an immersive light show celebrating the Coronation of King Charles...and more.
Somerset Council says CCTV across the County is to stay operating for at least another year. A Castle Cary man has collected 1600 names on a petition opposing plans to close the Dimmer waste recycling centre. A rugby player who struck an opposing player in the face during a match played in Sherborne has appeared in court charged with grievous bodily harm...and more
An investigation is underway into a major fire at the weekend that destroyed the premises of two businesses in Chard. Junior doctors at Yeovil Hospital are on strike again today as part of a national five-day stoppage in support of a 35 per cent pay demand. A feature film made by a lecturer at Yeovil College for just £5000 has had its premier showing...and more.
Eight people have been arrested on suspicion of committing fraud and money laundering in the South West, including in Somerset. Bus users in Yeovil have welcomed the decision to keep the 54 and 58 services running for a further 12 months. Young people in Chard will soon have the chance to learn about dance, drama and singing at a new School of Musical Theatre...and more.
The 54 and 58 bus routes that operate out of Yeovil have been saved from closure. Work has been completed on a four-year-long project to smarten up Chard town centre. The Conservative opposition Leader at Somerset Council is warning of 1200 job cuts as the Council makes savings of £100 million...and more.