Local News Tuesday 8th June

    The result of a poll on changing local government in Somerset has come out strongly against one council to run all services in the county. Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh is calling on the government to stick with the plan to lift all covid restrictions by June 21st. The number of car journeys on Somerset's roads fell to a 17 year low last year with people making fewer journeys because of the pandemic. Bradfords Building Supplies in Yeovil has been voted ‘Builders' Merchant of the Year’ in the National Builders' Merchants Awards...and more.

    The result of a poll on changing local government in Somerset has come out strongly against one council to run all services in the county. Under the changes, Somerset’s five existing councils, including the County Council, would be replaced by one council or two councils, one based on the western side of the county, the other on the eastern side. Of the 111,000 people who took part in the poll, the one council option was rejected by more than two-thirds of voters. The result was 34.7 percent in favour of one council and 65.3 percent in support of two councils, the so-called ‘Stronger Somerset’ option. The result’s been sent to the Secretary of State for Local Government, Robert Jenrick, who will make the decision on the future shape of local government in Somerset but he’s said the poll, which was organised by Somerset’s four district councils, will not influence his decision.

    Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh is calling on the government to stick with the plan to lift all covid restrictions by June 21st. He believes enough people in Somerset have now been vaccinated for a return to normal life. Mr. Fysh says the country should not be held back every time a new covid variant emerges.

    The number of car journeys on Somerset's roads fell to a 17 year low last year with people making fewer journeys because of the pandemic. Somerset Green party campaigner, Shane Collins, Is hoping the changes in the way get about over the past 15-months are here to stay.

    A Chard woman caught shoplifting on three occasions has been given a one-year conditional discharge. Appearing before local magistrates, Sophie Plyer of Furzehill, Chard, pleaded guilty to stealing items from a shop in Crewkerne for which she was ordered to pay £104 compensation. She also admitted stealing from shops in Chard and in Axminster.

    Bradfords Building Supplies in Yeovil has been voted ‘Builders' Merchant of the Year’ in the National Builders' Merchants Awards. It’s the second year in a row that the title has been won by Bradfords, who have 43 branches across the South West with headquarters in Yeovil.

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    • Local News Wednesday 16th June

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      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.

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    • 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.

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