People across Somerset are voting today in the local elections. Up to twenty-five new jobs are being created in Martock by transport company C & D. Around thirty UK-based aerospace and engineering companies have met in Yeovil to discuss initiatives to benefit local communities still recovering from the impact of the pandemic and A memorial dedicated to lives lost in battle has been unveiled at the village church in Isle Brewers.
People across Somerset are voting today in the local elections. It’s to elect 110 councillors to run the new Somerset unitary council that takes over responsibility for providing all council services in Somerset in April next year and at which point Somerset’s four district councils, including South Somerset, and the County Council cease to exist. Polling stations opened at 7 am this morning and stay open until 10 pm tonight for votes to be cast. 337 candidates are standing in 55 divisions across Somerset with each division returning 2 councillors. The Conservatives are fielding 109 candidates across all 55 divisions, the Liberal Democrats have 108 candidates, the Green Party has 50 candidates, Labour 45 candidates and 23 candidates are standing as independents or with no affiliation or description. Look at your polling card for the address of the polling station in your area. Votes are being counted tomorrow (May 6th) with the results announced at around 4 pm. You can hear all the results in a special local elections programme here on Radio Ninesprings, starting at 7 pm, tomorrow evening.
Up to 25 new jobs are being created in Martock by transport company C & D. It follows the opening of a new depot and warehouse on the Martock Business Park by the Chard-based logistics business. C & D Transport South West currently employ around 50 drivers and other staff at their depot on the Millfield Industrial Estate in Chard.
Around 30 UK-based aerospace and engineering companies have met in Yeovil to discuss initiatives to benefit local communities still recovering from the impact of the pandemic. The gathering, organized by Leonardo Helicopters, was held at the new iAero centre, off Bunford Lane, in Yeovil.
A memorial dedicated to lives lost in battle has been unveiled at the village church in Isle Brewers. All Saints Church is inviting people to come forward with names of relatives who lived in Isle Brewers and died in conflict to have their names added to the memorial.
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Local News Monday 23rd May
Around one thousand GP appointments a month are being freed up in Somerset through a new service provided by pharmacists. A Yeovil motorist has been fined £440 after being caught driving at 93 miles per hour on the A30 at Babylon Hill. A group of apprentices from Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil have been meeting MP’s at Westminster. he Arts Council in the South West has confirmed it's extending its grant scheme supporting to small music venues...and more.
Local News Friday 20th May
A threat of closure that’s been hanging over Somerset’s minor injuries units has been lifted. More people than ever are working on the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point. Cyclists travelling across Chard could soon enjoy a much safer ride under plans to complete a coast-to-coast cycle route through the West Country. A new 'super' national nature reserve is being created on the Somerset Levels and Moors and a Somerset cider producer has teamed up with one of the world’s largest whisky brands to create a new alcoholic product.
Local News Thursday 19th May
Yeovil Town have announced that their new manager is Chris Hargreaves. It’s hoped new government legislation to bring empty shops back into use will help rejuvenate Somerset's high streets. An Ilminster man has appeared in court charged with ten offences. Somerset Wildlife Trust has teamed up with National Highways to help give more protection to Dormice. A pub in Somerton has won national recognition for its hospitality...and more.
Local News Wednesday 18th May
More than half of households in Somerset who qualify for the £150 council tax rebate towards their energy bills should by now have received the cash. A Yeovil man’s appeared in court charged with assaulting another man in Martock. An additional £1.6 million pound is to be spent making three leisure centres in South Somerset more environmentally friendly. Plans to build 130 new homes in Henstridge are to go ahead after a change of mind at South Somerset District Council...and more.
Local News Tuesday 17th May
Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident in which a man was attacked and robbed in Yeovil town centre. Somerset's Liberal Democrats have voted for the current leader of the Lib Dem group on the County Council, Councillor Bill Revans, to stay on in the role. Part of Middle Street in Yeovil town centre has been cordoned-off following concern about the safety of an empty shop building. Cider makers are expecting a bumper crop of apples this year thanks to a mild spring...and more.
Local News Monday 16th May
Police have released an E-fit photo of a man they want to identify in connection with an alleged sexual assault, near Yeovil. People in Ilminster are being given the opportunity to comment on the Local Plan for the town. Expect traffic hold-ups if you’re travelling on the A37 at Cannards Grave near Shepton Mallet today. The charity Promiseworks is planning to double the number of young people in Somerset that it helps. A newly formed women’s walking football club in Somerset is looking for new players...and more.
Local News Friday 13th May
A two-week campaign has started in Somerset to get people public to surrender 'unwanted' firearms. People are being urged to be aware of ticks as they head out into the countryside during the warm weather. Concern has been expressed about how changes to farming subsidies and payments could impact the future of agriculture in Somerset and Young people from across Somerset have been recognized for their outstanding achievements in the Pride of Somerset Youth Awards.