Local News Wednesday 16th November

    A business case put forward to combine the running of Yeovil Hospital with Musgrove Park in Taunton has been approved. A pilot scheme involving the use of e-scooters on the streets of Yeovil is set to continue. Thirty-one motorists were caught by Police driving recklessly on the A303 through South Somerset in the space of just half an hour yesterday. A planning decision to allow five units to be built for storing carnival floats on the Dillington Estate near Ilminster has been overturned in the High Court...and more.

    A business case put forward to combine the running of Yeovil Hospital with Musgrove Park in Taunton has been approved. Yeovil Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Somerset NHS Foundation Trust will now join together, with some medical services merging. The plans, however, have still to be finally approved by NHS England.

    A pilot scheme involving the use of e-scooters on the streets of Yeovil is set to continue. The Department of Transport has extended the trial period to 2024 to gather more data on when and how often people use e-scooters. 

    Thirty-one motorists were caught by Police driving recklessly on the A303 through South Somerset in the space of just half an hour yesterday. Police say they were positioned on a bridge over a stretch of the A303 with a 60 limit, and no barriers between the carriageways, yet drivers were filmed travelling at speeds in excess of 90mph.

    A planning decision to allow five units to be built for storing carnival floats on the Dillington Estate near Ilminster has been overturned in the High Court. The hearing was told that at a meeting of South Somerset District Council, when planning permission was given, two members of the committee who voted in favour of the planning consent, should not have voted, due to them having links to local carnival clubs. The Somerset branch of the CPRE, who brought the case to the High Court, claimed the committee’s decision had been tainted by the apparent bias of the two members involved. South Somerset District Council has described the judgement as ‘very disappointing’ and says it’s considering its position on the matter.

    Two local charities have benefitted from the generosity of the Freemasons in Chard. Both St Margaret’s Hospice and the Air Ambulance have been given an equal share of nineteen hundred pounds raised at a skittles evening and bingo night organised by the Freemasons Lodge in Chard.
     

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