Councillors have given the go-ahead for a large-scale solar farm to be built at North Perrott, near Crewkerne. The A30 between Chard and Crewkerne is closed to traffic from today and for the next eight weeks. Avon and Somerset Police says it's dedicated to rooting out corrupt officers to help restore public confidence. The airfield at Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil will be in use this evening...and more
Councillors have given the go-ahead for a large-scale solar farm to be built at North Perrott, near Crewkerne. The scheme will generate enough power for 10,000 homes and be sited on farmland off Pipplepen Lane, close to an area of outstanding natural beauty. South Somerset District Council says the impact of the solar farm on the surrounding countryside will be mitigated through tree planting.
The A30 between Chard and Crewkerne is closed to traffic from today and for the next eight weeks. The road is shut from the junction of Liddon Hill to St Rayn Hill near Roundham for work to install new drainage pipes and road gullies. A diversion route is operating via the A356, A303, and A358.
Avon and Somerset Police says it's dedicated to rooting out corrupt officers to help restore public confidence. It follows the case of David Carrick, the former Met Police officer who admitted to dozens of rapes and sexual offences while a serving officer.
National Village Halls Week is being marked in Somerset. One of the places taking part is Galhampton near Castle Cary where the village hall is being used for a networking event and social for local residents.
The airfield at Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil will be in use this evening. Leonardo says the aircraft will be taking off and landing late into the night and is advising of noise nuisance for people living around the airfield.
Yeovil Town are back in action tonight. They take on visitors Wealdstone in a National League fixture at Huish Park, kick-off 7.45 pm.
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Local News Friday 20th January
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Local News Thursday 19th January
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