Archives for November 2015

Lest we forget

Many people might not remember it, but Weston Zoyland was one of the most important air force bases in Britain right back as far as the 1920's. This Saturday morning the old place got the recognition it deserved when a memorial was unveiled by the airfield conservation trust. I was piggy in the …
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Enter the enterprise zone!

Huntspill Energy Park - site of the famous Royal Ordnance Factory at Puriton, just north of Bridgwater, is to be an  integral part of the new Heart of the South West Enterprise Zone announced by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement to Parliament today. It is great news for Bridgwater and Sedgemoor …
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Why Exmoor needs a mast

 It was all systems go just a week or so back when planning permission was granted for Haddon Hill's 30 metre phone mast. But suddenly the well laid plans went awry when the contractors, Arqiva, said they didn't have time to complete the project and meet all the specifications for Government …
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Post Haste

It may be only four miles from Dulverton to Hawkridge, but that's quite a hike just to get to the post office. Hawkridge used to have its own office. Sadly that was closed in 2007. But after a lot of campaigning the powers that be have relented and are extending their "home service" from Dulverton. …
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A better deal for rural areas

The provisional local government finance settlement is usually announced in Parliament at the end of December - just before Christmas. A debate BEFORE this is what I am after - to highlight the unjust situation of rural councils who often get ignored in the face of more vociferous lobbying from …
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All smiles at Hinkley

A busy day for Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom. She was keen to view progress at the Hinkley C site and was also opening EDF's  new training centre at the refurbished Cannington Court. Later she accompanied me to Sedgemoor District Council's special economic development conference in Bridgwater to …
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Seeing IS believing

Every year it gets bigger and better. Bridgwater still leads the field when it comes to carnivals. For those who don't fancy jostling for a decent view the organisers have even arranged "corporate hospitality" this year!  But, once again, I will be braving the flames and wielding one of those famous …
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Ready for the worst

I sincerely hope and pray that the horrors of the last big floods will not revisit us this winter. A great deal of hard work and careful remedial action has already been taken to safeguard our communities, but the Government is not taking any chances. Today a campaign is launched to make sure …
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