A scheme to improve the appearance of Westminster Street in Yeovil town centre will begin in late June. Farmers in Somerset say they’re concerned about proposals to limit the movement of livestock. A scheme pioneered in Somerset to help reduce hospital admissions is influencing how things are done nationally. An online art auction is being held this week to raise money for Somerset Wildlife Trust...and more.
A scheme to improve the appearance of Westminster Street in Yeovil town centre will begin in late June. The work, part of the Yeovil Refresh project, will see changes made to the pavement and road layout. Westminster Street that runs alongside the Nat West Bank will stay shut for about four months with diversions in operation.
Farmers in Somerset say they’re concerned about proposals to limit the movement of livestock. As part of a government review of animal transport rules, limits on journey times and animal exports for slaughter, together with transporting animals when temperatures are below 5 celsius, could be introduced.
A scheme pioneered in Somerset to help reduce hospital admissions is influencing how things are done nationally. The Somerset Intermediate Care Service helps support older people recover at home or return home more quickly after being admitted to hospital. Now, the business model is being used to help shape future government policy.
An online art auction is being held this week to raise money for Somerset Wildlife Trust. Graham Barton from the BBC TV show ‘Homes Under The Hammer’ will conduct the final bidding on Friday with all funds going towards work improving Somerset's environment.
We’re all being asked to fly the Somerset flag on Somerset Day this year. The event on Tuesday, May 11th is to celebrate all that’s good and best about the county, including Somerset’s heritage, its environment and food and drink. Anyone wanting to make a Somerset flag can do so by downloading printing instructions on the Somerset Day website.
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Local News Friday 7th May
People in South Somerset are to get a vote on the planned shake-up of local government in the County. Meanwhile, Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh has come out against holding the poll. A man who lives in High Ham has appeared in court charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer. Somerset's Director of Public Health has been made a professor. Trudi Grant has led the county council's response to the covid-19 pandemic. Aspiring young actors in South Somerset can audition to take part in a musical being put on at Glastonbury Abbey this summer.
Local News Thursday 6th May
Polling is underway in today’s local elections in South Somerset. Builders in South Somerset say the lockdown has led to a surge in construction work. Health managers say they’re concerned about the added pressures new housing schemes are putting on medical services in Chard. A woman from Crewkerne has been fined for drinking driving. A community food larder has been proposed for Castle Cary...and more.
Local News Wednesday 5th May
Yeovil has a new Mayor, Councillor Evie Potts-Jones. A man has been arrested for staging a protest by blocking a road in Sherborne. A business in Somerton has won a Queen's Award. A Yeovil man has appeared in court charged with possession of a hunting knife in a public place without good reason or legal authority. A project has been launched aimed at encouraging people in Chard and Ilminster to grow sunflowers.
Local News Tuesday 4th May
South Somerset’s visitor attractions are gearing up to re-open in two weeks time. A care home in Sherborne has joined with a national campaign. Plans have been submitted to convert the Old Vicarage at Hambridge near Langport into a school farm. Two former Beales sites in Yeovil town centre are now to be sold by auction. The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme in Somerset is looking new recruits....and more.
Local News Friday 30th April
An engine fault has been identified as the most likely cause of Wednesday’s plane crash at Yeovilton. A GP surgery in Chard is asking its patients to be more considerate. The misuse of e-scooters in South Somerset is on the increase. Pharmacists in South Somerset are urging people to take up having a free rapid Covid test, even if they don't have symptoms.
Local News Thursday 29th April
An investigation is continuing today into yesterday’s crash of an historic aircraft belonging to RNAS Yeovilton. A man’s been arrested in connection with an attack on another man in Yeovil. A music festival to be held in Bruton in late July has been granted a one-day extension. Kerbside recycling and rubbish collections will be a day later than normal next week.
Plane Crashes Near RNAS Yeovilton
A plane has crashed near to RNAS Yeovilton. It came down in a field at around 4 pm today (28-04).
Local News Tuesday 27th April
Small businesses in South Somerset are reporting a return to confidence following the easing of lockdown restrictions. People in South Somerset are needed to take part in a new Covid vaccine trial. A caravan has been damaged by fire in Buckland St Mary. Dog owners are being reminded to keep their dogs on a lead when walking on farmland. Town and parish councils in South Somerset are being asked to register open spaces as town or village greens...and more.