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.
South Somerset District Council is offering free energy efficiency surveys to local people to help them save money on their energy bills. The district Council has bought two thermal imaging cameras to show people where heat is escaping from their homes and where better insulation is needed. If you would like a free energy check made on your home, visit the South Somerset District Council website for details.
A temporary timetable has been introduced by South Western Railway, who run trains through Yeovil Crewkerne and Sherborne, following high numbers of staff absences due to the Omicron variant of Coronavirus. The timetable is designed to help key workers, school pupils, and those who have to attend at work, plan their journeys.
Employers in Somerset are being told they need to think about the mental and physical health impacts of staff working from home. The Health and Safety Executive has published guidance suggesting employers talk more to staff who are based at home and do risk assessments with them about their mental health.
Motorists are facing three weeks of diversions while a key route on the Blackdown Hills is resurfaced. Work is due to begin early next month on Blackdown Hill Road, on the Somerset-Devon border that provides a link between the A38 and the A303 west of Ilminster. Motorists are being advised of a 24-mile diversion during the period that resurfacing is taking place.
People are being asked to comment on plans for the future of areas of outstanding natural beauty in South Somerset, including the Blackdown Hills. It follows publication of the government’s proposals to protect England’s AONB’s based on the findings of a Landscapes Review.
A new all-female singing group has launched in Chard. Blackdown Acapella sing in four-part harmony and currently has twenty members. If you’d like to join them, call Chard Town Council for details.
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Local News Tuesday 24th May
Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh has welcomed the decision to give four local schools a share of an improvement fund worth nearly £500 million. People in Somerset are being advised to check their blood pressure by borrowing a monitor from their local library, including Yeovil Library. Ilminster is planning to stage a mass singing of the National Anthem to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. A Yeovil man has moved to Tanzania to teach English and Maths at a school in the town of Arusha...and more.
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.