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.
The Government has given Somerset Council the go-ahead to use income from selling property assets to pay day-to-day running costs. A councillor in Chard has started a petition calling for a rethink of plans to close Sunnymeade Care Home in the town. Ticket inspectors have been employed to travel on buses in Somerset to check that passengers have valid tickets...and more.
Fines are being increased at schools in Somerset for parents who take their children out of school without permission. Residents in Dean near Shepton Mallet have been clearing up after a major flood event. Wells Cathedral has announced that visitors will soon have to pay to look around the historic building...and more.
It’s hoped that businesses in Yeovil will benefit from a new £4 billion car battery-making factory being built near Bridgwater. A consultation is underway into plans to shut the Sunnymeade care home in Chard. Women in Wincanton are being offered free business training by the entrepreneur and PR guru Lynne Franks...and more.
There has been a big rise in the number of children being educated at home in Somerset. Plans have been submitted to build sixty new homes in South Petherton. Wells Cathedral is the setting this week of an immersive light show celebrating the Coronation of King Charles...and more.
Somerset Council says CCTV across the County is to stay operating for at least another year. A Castle Cary man has collected 1600 names on a petition opposing plans to close the Dimmer waste recycling centre. A rugby player who struck an opposing player in the face during a match played in Sherborne has appeared in court charged with grievous bodily harm...and more
An investigation is underway into a major fire at the weekend that destroyed the premises of two businesses in Chard. Junior doctors at Yeovil Hospital are on strike again today as part of a national five-day stoppage in support of a 35 per cent pay demand. A feature film made by a lecturer at Yeovil College for just £5000 has had its premier showing...and more.
Eight people have been arrested on suspicion of committing fraud and money laundering in the South West, including in Somerset. Bus users in Yeovil have welcomed the decision to keep the 54 and 58 services running for a further 12 months. Young people in Chard will soon have the chance to learn about dance, drama and singing at a new School of Musical Theatre...and more.
The 54 and 58 bus routes that operate out of Yeovil have been saved from closure. Work has been completed on a four-year-long project to smarten up Chard town centre. The Conservative opposition Leader at Somerset Council is warning of 1200 job cuts as the Council makes savings of £100 million...and more.