Controversial plans to convert a former care home in Yeovil into a homeless hostel are due to be decided at a meeting tonight. A new report claims the freight industry in the southwest created over 11 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2019. Misterton Church of England First School is to re-open as an education centre for vulnerable children. A local motorist has been given a suspended prison sentence for drink driving and with the hot dry weather set to continue, more calls have been made to permanently ban disposable barbeques.
Controversial plans to convert a former care home in Yeovil into a homeless hostel are due to be decided at a meeting tonight. If the change of use is approved, Bournemouth Churches Housing Association will shut their current hostel in Newton Road in Yeovil town centre and convert the former Acacia Lodge care home on Henford Hill to accommodate thirty-nine homeless people. South Somerset District Council’s Area South Committee is being recommended the give the plans the go-ahead at tonight’s meeting. People who live in the area of Hendford Hill however are strongly opposed. They say a better solution would be to provide homeless people with accommodation in smaller units, spaced out around the town.
A new report claims the freight industry in the southwest created over 11 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2019. Twenty percent of those emissions were generated by empty lorries being driven on local roads. Lorna Hammond is Managing Director of Chard-based logistics firm C and D South West. She says they're trying to tackle emissions.
Misterton Church of England First School is to re-open as an education centre for vulnerable children. The school closed last year as part of controversial school reforms despite a campaign by local parents for it to be kept open. Pupils will attend lessons for two or three days each week, and spend the remaining time at mainstream schools.
A local motorist has been given a suspended prison sentence for drink driving. Caitlin Crisp of the High Street in West Coker was four times over the drink-drive limit when police found her slumped over the wheel of her car in Avishayes Road in Chard in July. Caitland, who pleaded guilty to the offence, was banned from driving for 32 months and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work.
With the hot dry weather set to continue, more calls have been made to permanently ban disposable barbeques. The Country, Land and Business Association is campaigning for all retailers to stop selling disposal barbeques to reduce the risk of wildfires.
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Some teaching staff at Yeovil College have gone on strike in a pay dispute. The government has announced that work to turn the A358 between Ilminster and Taunton into a dual carriageway is to be fast-tracked. Somerset County Council has launched a campaign to raise awareness about head trauma in babies. Police are asking the public to help find Daniel Kellaway, aged 27, who’s wanted on a warrant for breaching his probation and in connection with a number of offences...and more.
Local News Monday 26th September
The Leader of Somerset County Council, Councillor Bill Revans, has welcomed the announcement that the former Royal Ordnance Factory site at Bridgwater now called Gravity could be one of the government’s new Investment Zones. A motorcyclist has died after his machine collided with a car near Chard at the weekend. No trains are running out of Penn Mill Station to Weymouth this week due to engineering work on the line south of Dorchester. Police are appealing for the public’s help after a man was assaulted by three other men in Yeovil town centre...and more.
Local News Friday 23rd September
Somerset County Council is to end its lease agreement on renting Dillington House, near Ilminster. The Falkland Square shopping centre in Crewkerne has a new owner. There’ll be no fireworks display at Sherborne Castle this year. Somerset County Council says it’s expecting more care homes to shut this winter because of rising costs and staff shortages. Wessex Water is undertaking water main works on two roads in Chard and Ilminster later this month...and more.
Local News Thursday 22nd September
Children's services in Somerset have been rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted inspectors. Police are appealing for witnesses after two men were assaulted in Wincanton last weekend. Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh has been made a junior government minister in Prime Minister Liz Truss’s new administration. Some bus drivers in Somerset will be going on strike next month in a row over pay and job cuts. Yeovil women’s rugby international, Marlie Packer, has been selected to play for England at the Women’s Rugby World Cup...and more.
Local News Wednesday 21st September
Price increases in the cost of buying a second-hand car have shown no sign of abating despite the rise in living costs, according to a garage owner in South Somerset. Local charity School in a Bag based in Chilthorne Domer has launched an appeal to provide children affected by the flooding in Pakistan with learning materials. A former chapel in the village of Misterton has been put up for sale. A former pig farm at Haselbury Plucknett near Crewkerne could be converted into four houses...and more.
Local News Tuesday 20th September
Work to smarten up Yeovil town centre is set to last for at least another eighteen months. A Yeovil business is asking for planning consent to extend its warehouse. A new visitor centre and café could be built at Ham Hill Country Park. An empty shop in Yeovil town centre could be turned into a Christian centre under plans outlined by a local preacher. We're being asked to keep an eye out for wading birds arriving in Somerset...and more.
Local News Friday 16th September
A Chard man has appeared in court for possessing a bladed object. Police have found a body in their search for a missing Yeovil woman. Most foodbanks in Somerset will be closed on Monday for the Queen's funeral. Funding’s being made available in Somerset to provide people with learning disabilities with more opportunities to take part in social activities. The go-ahead has been given to build a new energy storage facility next to a Somerset beauty spot...and more.
Local News Thursday 15th September
Somerset County Council says there’ll be no waste collections and that schools and Further Education colleges will close on Monday for the Queen's funeral. Great Western Railway which runs services through Castle Cary and Bruton stations has introduced extra trains. Patients with appointments at Yeovil Hospital on Monday have been advised to plan as if the appointment is going ahead. Police are investigating the shooting of a cat in Yeovil...and more.