Plans to add a roof terrace to a Yeovil pub have been aborted after more than three years. A major Chard housing development could still be going ahead but with fewer homes. More than one hundred schools in Somerset expect to go over their budgets this year...and more.
Plans to add a roof terrace to a Yeovil pub have been aborted after more than three years. The original proposals for a £1.5m terrace at the William Dampier pub on Middle Street were given the go-ahead in 2019, with work starting in March 2020. The mix of indoor and outdoor seating would have accommodated around 280 people. However, Wetherspoons now say they’ve decided against the development.
A major Chard housing development could still be going ahead, but with fewer homes than the developer originally requested. Persimmon Homes South West applied in July 2016 to build on the outskirts of the town, between Tatworth Road and Forton Road. This plan was then revised to 252 homes but after South Somerset District postponed its decision, the developer has further reduced the proposed number to 236.
More than one hundred schools in Somerset expect to go over their budgets this year. Somerset Council is blaming low government funding, inflation and falling birth rates in the county. The Department for Education says they are investing an extra £2 billion into schools, this year and next, describing school funding as being at the highest level in history.
And one of the major A roads in the area has received drivers’ highest satisfaction score in a recent survey. 85% of A303 drivers surveyed were more than happy with the stretch, whilst the M5 came close behind thanks to what is described as “good traffic flow” and the road “not being too busy”.
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Friday 29th September
The £29M project to up-grade Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre, which has run into financial problems, could be bailed out by Yeovil Town Council. New play equipment is to be installed at Ninesprings Country Park in Yeovil. A Martock woman has been fined £95 after being caught speeding in a 20 mph zone...and more.
Thursday 28th September
A new service that makes it easier for older women to get checked for womb cancer has started in Somerset. A convicted killer from Somerset who refuses to reveal the whereabouts of the body of his murdered wife has failed in his bid to be freed from prison. A Somerset woman, living with Multiple Sclerosis, is doing a skydive this weekend to raise money for the RNLI...and more.
Wednesday 27th September
A Somerset head teacher is calling for tighter regulation on vaping after seeing a significant rise in pupils vaping on school premises. Somerset Council says it's facing significantly higher costs with the planned upgrade of Yeovil's Octagon Theatre. Avon and Somerset Police will soon start deploying a drone in the fight against rural crime...and more.
Tuesday 26th September
A Somerset woman, who has Multiple Sclerosis, is calling on the government to overhaul the assessment process for claiming disability benefits. Somerset Council has been fined £1,000 after a stroke patient was left without care for long periods. A Consultant Urologist in Somerset says men need to be made more aware of the early signs of prostate cancer...and more.
Monday 25th September
The NHS in Somerset is urging people to sign up for a Covid top-up booster jab. A Yeovil man has appeared in court charged with assault. Work has started on creating a new cycle route along Lyde Road in Yeovil. The go-ahead has been given for a new cricket pavilion to be built at the Recreation Ground in Ilminster...and more.
Friday 22nd September
The RSPB in Somerset says it is seeing big changes in bird migrations to and from the county. The Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police says delays in answering 101 calls are a result of understaffing and accidental pocket dials. Beekeepers in Somerset are appealing for help to spot Asian hornets that are a threat to honey bees...and more.
Thursday 21st September
Somerset NHS Trust, which runs Yeovil Hospital, paid out more than £13.5M in medical negligence claims in the last twelve months. Yeovil-based charity, School in a Bag, is asking for help to send supplies to earthquake-hit Morocco. Work has started on the next phase of the Yeovil Refresh project causing more disruption in the town centre...and more.
Wednesday 20th September
We're being asked to think carefully before using NHS services in Somerset this week, due to strikes by doctors. Wilko will shut its Yeovil store at the end of September. Crosscountry Rail, who run trains through Somerset, has been given a new contract with the government...and more.