Somerset's hospitals, pharmacists and GPs are being sent detailed guidance for helping with the major expansion of the Covid booster programme. Police say they’ve stopped a large amount of drugs from circulating in Chard. Police are investigating a spate of thefts of tools from parked vans in Ilminster. The go-ahead has been given for a new farm shop to be built on the outskirts of Keinton Mandeville. One in ten people in the South West says they've been involved in a collision on a rural road...and more.
Somerset's hospitals, pharmacists and GPs are being sent detailed guidance for helping with the major expansion of the Covid booster programme. The government wants millions of people to book appointments over the coming weeks to head off the threat posed by the Omicron variant. Health leaders warn the rollout poses a "huge logistical challenge" for the NHS.
Police say they’ve stopped a large amount of drugs from circulating in Chard. It follows the arrest of a man who was carrying a bag containing drugs and also cash by members of the Chard Neighbourhood Police Team.
Police are investigating a spate of thefts of tools from parked vans in Ilminster. The Ilminster Police Neighbourhood Team is asking people who leave tools in vans overnight to stay vigilant and to report any suspicious activity.
The go-ahead has been given for a new farm shop to be built on the outskirts of Keinton Mandeville. South Somerset District Council approved the application at Newlands Farm on the grounds that it represents a justified farm diversification scheme that would benefit the local economy.
One in ten people in the South West says they've been involved in a collision on a rural road. Between 2018 and 2020, 372 people were killed on rural roads in the region with 103 killed on urban roads. NFU Mutual, British Cycling and The British Horse Society are now launching a "Respect Rural Roads" campaign to improve safety.
A new professional orchestra has launched in Somerset. The Chamber Orchestra of the West is making its debut tour of the county this week. Orchestra Leader, Jackie Shave says their aim is to bring live music to as many communities in Somerset as possible.
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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 Thursday 13th January
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.
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.