Polling is underway in today’s local elections in South Somerset. Builders in South Somerset say the lockdown has led to a surge in construction work. Health managers say they’re concerned about the added pressures new housing schemes are putting on medical services in Chard. A woman from Crewkerne has been fined for drinking driving. A community food larder has been proposed for Castle Cary...and more.
Polling is underway in today’s local elections (06-05). In South Somerset, voting is taking place to elect a new Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset. Also, for seats on Parish and Town Councils, while referendums are being held on Neighbourhood Plans in Martock and Queen Camel. Polling stations are operating with social distancing in place and are open until 10 pm tonight.
Builders in South Somerset say the lockdown has led to a surge in construction work, as people decide to have home extensions and renovate their properties. Some builders are booked solid until 2022. Builder’s merchants have also seen a big increase in sales.
Health managers say they’re concerned about the added pressures new housing schemes are putting on medical services in Chard. Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group says GP surgeries and the community hospital in Chard are already oversubscribed and that to accommodate further housing growth, developers will have to pay the costs of improving these services.
A Bruton woman who has come out of retirement to work as a full-time carer is encouraging others to do the same. Schirstan Bampton is a former district nurse and retired 15 years ago. She recommending caring as a career and says it's never too late in life to start out all over again.
A woman from Crewkerne has been fined for drinking driving. Elaine Shears, of Middle Path, Crewkerne, pleaded guilty to the offence at Yeovil magistrates court and was fined £207 and disqualified from driving for 14 months.
in a building used as a public toilet. Castle Cary Town Council plans to convert the public conveniences in Millbrook Gardens into a place where people can donate food items for giving to local families in the greatest need.
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Local News Friday 18th June
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Local News Thursday 17th June
It’s thought the government will announce a decision on the future of local government in Somerset by the end of July. A cheese producer in South Somerset is blaming Brexit for not being able to recruit new staff. A road in South Somerset closed four months ago after a landslide and could remain off-limits until the autumn. Lasagne could be replaced with lentils on school dinner menus in Somerset if a former primary school teacher gets her way.
Local News Wednesday 16th June
Police are investigating an attack on a teenage boy in Martock. Business leaders in Somerset have described the delay in lifting coronavirus restrictions as a 'hammer blow'. The NFU in Somerset has given a cautious welcome to the new trade deal between the UK and Australia. A new report is calling for the introduction of weekend and evening visits for people who receive home care. Staff at Nationwide Building Society in Yeovil are raising funds to buy a defibrillator to locate in Middle Street.
Local News Tuesday 15th June
Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh has hit out at the government for not delivering on its promise to lift all lockdown restrictions on June 21st. A firm of local house removers says it’s being held back because of a shortage of HGV drivers. Police are asking for help in tracing two springer spaniel dogs stolen in North Cheriton near Templecombe. A house in Compton Dundon near Somerton has been damaged by fire. The clubhouse at South Petherton Bowling Club is in line to be extended.
Local News Monday 14th June
Public Health England has confirmed that four cases of the Indian variant of Covid 19, also known as the Delta variant, have been recorded in South Somerset. Land off the A303 at Wincanton has been earmarked for a new drive-thru café. Police are trying to trace a teenage Vietnamese boy who has gone missing in Martock. The Fleet Air Arm museum at Yeovilton is taking part in a national challenge to mark Armed Forces Day...and more.
Local News Friday 11th June
Yeovil Town Council is to use funds saved by not staging events during the pandemic to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year. A campaign’s been launched to have a museum dedicated to the history of Yeovil permanently opened in the town centre. A woman in Chilthorne Domer has pleaded guilty to damaging a glass panel door belonging to Kentucky Fried Chicken. A Martock woman is celebrating 30-years as a volunteer with the Guide Dogs charity...and more.
Local News Thursday 10th June
An urgent call has been made for more people to volunteer as stewards at Covid vaccination sites in South Somerset. Changes are being recommended to the Yeovil Parliamentary constituency. Pubs, farms, and stately homes in South Somerset have joined with a national campaign for a relaxation of the rules on temporary campsites. Organisers of Yeovil Pride plan to hold a march in the town again this summer. A Sherborne man has donated his lifetime collection of postage stamps to charity.