A new hostel for homeless people is set to open in Yeovil. Homeowners in Chard are to be provided with water butts to help reduce the risk of the town flooding. Seven Avon and Somerset Police officers have been dismissed for inappropriate sexual contact since 2018. A Yeovil man, whose father died of prostate cancer, is planning to cycle from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise awareness of getting an early diagnosis for prostate cancer.....and more.
A new hostel for homeless people is set to open in Yeovil but South Somerset District Council, who are funding the project, won’t say where in the town the hostel is located. The new hostel will accommodate ten homeless and rough sleepers and replace the Pathways homeless lodge on Newton Road when it closes at the end of the month. South Somerset District Council is providing two-hundred-and-twenty thousand pounds towards the first year’s costs of nearly three-hundred-and-eighty thousand pounds of running the hostel.
Homeowners in Chard are to be provided with water butts to help reduce the risk of the town flooding. Around one thousand properties on Furnham Road and on the Glynswood estate when damaged when Chard flooded in 2021. Somerset Rivers Authority has allocated funds to buy water butts for homes across the town in the hope that it will reduce surface water.
Seven Avon and Somerset Police officers have been dismissed for inappropriate sexual contact since 2018. Data gathered by the Observer newspaper shows the force had the most incidents of this kind out of the twenty-two police forces in England and Wales who responded to their survey.
Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh has welcomed the government’s decision to provide more support to children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Investment in the SEND programme will rise to more ten billion pounds starting from April. Mr Fysh, who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Education, says the extra funds will be used to build new special schools and improve services to children with special needs and disabilities and their families.
A Yeovil man, whose father died of prostate cancer, is planning to cycle from Land's End to John O'Groats this summer in his memory. David Parish’s father Henry died following a late diagnosis. David believes if he’d gone to see his GP sooner, he might still be alive today. David will be joined by two friends, Sheldon Fling and Jonney Reay, raising awareness of prostate cancer and importance of an early diagnosis, along the 900-mile route.
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Local News Wednesday 22nd March
The go-ahead has been given for Numatic International in Chard – makers of the Henry vacuum cleaner – to expand the business. Police are appealing for witnesses to a road accident near Castle Cary in which a woman died. Plans have been submitted to change the use of a former pub in Hardington Mandeville. A local man, injured in a fall in Chard, has publicly thanked people who came to his rescue...and more.
Local News Tuesday 21st March
A report by the Federation of Small Business in Somerset says half its members are struggling because they're not being paid on time. A special meeting of Chard Town Council is to be held to consider making public a report into allegations of bullying at the Council. Plans have been approved for a new fitness and wellbeing centre in Bruton. Last year’s Christmas panto at the Octagon in Yeovil has been nominated for four national awards...and more.
Local News Monday 20th March
More than thirteen thousand crimes, including violent and sexual offences, went unrecorded across the Avon and Somerset Police force area last year. A Yeovil man has pleaded guilty to killing a woman pedestrian and injuring two others after crashing a stolen car at Mosterton. A house on Stiby Road in Yeovil has been damaged by fire. A road sign in Yeovil with the name Sherborne wrongly spelt with a U is to be quickly replaced...and more.
Local News Friday 17th March
Reckleford in Yeovil is to partially close for further two weeks next month. Three of our local railway stations are to be equipped with defibrillators. A new 30 miles-per-hour speed limit has been introduced at Kingstone near Ilminster. A Long Load man has appeared in court charged with assault and plans to build fifteen houses in Ilton look set to go ahead.
Local News Thursday 16th March
Police investigating the attempted abduction of an eight-year-old boy in Yeovil have issued an E-fit of a man they want to trace. Four households in Ilminster have won a share of a £120,000 win in the Postcode lottery. Avon and Somerset Police say a decision is likely before the end of the month regarding the future of Yeovil Police Station. A Chief Petty Officer at RNAS Yeovilton is embarking on a 900-mile bike ride from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise funds for Yeovil Hospital...and more.
Local News Wednesday 15th March
New road signs are being put up to advertise Yeovil as the “home of British helicopters”. Ferne Animal Sanctuary near Chard is closing for two weeks from next week for improvement works. A man’s been jailed after admitting to a number of shoplifting offences in Yeovil. National Highways will discuss the dualling of the A303 between Sparkford and Ilchester at a series of open events later this month...and more.
Local News Tuesday 14th March
Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh has met with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to promote the case for Leonardo in Yeovil to be awarded a contract to build a new medium-lift helicopter for the British armed forces. Avon and Somerset Police need more volunteer police officers. The Yeovil-based charity ‘School in a Bag’ has provided over one thousand packs of aid to children affected by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria...and more.
Local News Monday 13th March
New help is being offered to people in Yeovil and South Somerset who smoke to get them to quit. Over four hundred thousand pounds is being spent making Somerset's roads more cyclist and pedestrian friendly. ‘Visit Somerset’ is calling on the government to speed up investment in providing vehicle electric charging points. New road signs are to be put up to welcome people into Somerset...and more.