Tuesday 6th February

    Chard Town Council meets tonight to vote on increasing its share of the Council Tax by 45 %. Homeowners in parts of South Somerset are to get an extra waste pick-up later this month. A new public clock has gone on display in Ilminster marking the reign of Queen Elizabeth the Second...and more.

    Chard Town Council meets tonight to vote on putting up its share of the Council Tax by an average of 45%. If agreed, the Town Council precept on a typical band-D property would rise from £173 to £251. Chard Town Council says the extra income is needed to fund services it plans to take over running from Somerset Council. Charges for the cemetery and hire of the Guildhall would also rise. Tonight's meeting in the Guildhall starts at 7 pm and is open to the public.

    The Environment Agency says ten years after the major flood event on the Somerset Levels it has learned lessons and changed the way it works. Following the floods of January 2014, the Somerset Rivers Authority was set up and a twenty-year flood action plan for Somerset was drawn up. 

    Homeowners in some parts of South Somerset will get an extra waste pick-up later this month. The additional collection days will take place on Saturday, February 17th, in Chard and Ilminster and in Hinton St George, Langport, South Petherton, Ilminster and Chard on Saturday, February 24th. Somerset Waste Partnership says the extra collection days are to ensure no household goes more than three weeks between collections when the new timetable for collections starts on February 12th.

    Avon and Somerset Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist died in a collision with a van on the A361. It happened in the village of West Lyng near the junction of New Road on Sunday at around 4.30 pm. Anyone who saw what happened or has dashcam footage is asked to please call the police non-emergency number 101.

    Ilminster has a new landmark. It’s a public clock located on the side of the building above Retail Therapy in Silver Street. The clock, provided by Ilminster Rotary Club to commemorate the reign of Queen Elizabeth the Second, will be officially switched on at midday on Saturday, February 17th.

    Plans have been approved to build five detached houses at Ham Farm in Combe St Nicholas, near Chard. Four of the houses will be newly built with one created from an existing farm building.

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    • Tuesday 19th February

      Somerset Council meets today to agree on spending cuts of £100 million to prevent the Council from going bankrupt. A Martock man has been charged in connection with an incident at a pro-Palestine demonstration in central London. Ilminster Town Council is holding an auction of furniture at its former offices in North Street...and more

    • Monday 19th February

      There's an increased risk of flooding on local roads today following a weekend of heavy rain. Police have issued an urgent appeal to find a missing teenager, thought to be in South Somerset. A new public clock was officially unveiled in Ilminster town centre at the weekend...and more

    • Friday 16th February

      Police are appealing for witnesses to a crash on the A358 that led to the road shutting for 24 hours. A diabetes remission programme, piloted by NHS Somerset, is being rolled out across England. A Yeovil woman has won a top award for her cake-making...and more.

    • Thursday 15th February

      Avon and Somerset Police are stepping up their efforts to cut knife crime. A driver who videoed himself admitting he was drunk at the wheel before killing a woman in a crash near Wincanton has had his prison sentence increased. Fundraising to support the family of a Somerset jockey who died earlier this month has topped 54 thousand pounds...and more

    • Wednesday 14th February

      Parents say that they are worried about planned cuts to the budget for providing transport to children with special needs. East Street in Chard is closed today for repairs to an electric cable. A car has crashed into a gatepost at Cricket St Thomas that featured in the BBC comedy ‘To the Manor Born’...and more.

    • Tuesday 13th February

      Chard Town Council has voted to put up its share of the Council Tax by 45.2%. A new campaign has been launched to help tackle mental health issues in farming. Three school choirs in Yeovil have joined together to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London...and more

    • Monday 12th February

      NHS Somerset has launched its biggest-ever campaign to test the blood pressure of thousands of people in Somerset. Bus campaigners are calling for a re-think of plans to cut the 54-bus between Yeovil and Wincanton. Plans have been submitted to convert a former mill at South Petherton into a dwelling...and more.

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