Archives for September 2016

Hinkley……This Is Your Life!

The big red book came out today - and a big red letter day it is indeed as the most important contract for Britain's energy future was formally signed by all the vital players, French, Chinese and HM Government in London. Bridgwater has waited patiently for the green flag to be waved so this huge …
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Hinkley gets the go-ahead

Yesterday the Prime Minister quizzed me in person about Hinkley C.  She also invited the Leader of Sedgemoor District Council to see her. It is Sedgemoor, after all, which has been at the forefront of all the issues of planning and compensation throughout the very long process of developing …
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Cutcombe’s green fingers win national prize!

Three cheers for the pupils and staff at Cutcombe Church of England First school who have scooped one of the UK's top gardening prizes with their collective keen skill. They are pictured holding a cheque for £1000,  courtesy of Stewart Garden Centres who stage the awards every year. The Cutcombe …
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A load of old cobbles

Dunster is about to get its traditional pavement back. The news will come as a great relief to residents who have been rightly fighting  Somerset County Council ever since they ripped up the old cobbles and replaced them with ghastly flat modern paving stones  last year. The outcry was audible …
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So that’s it? We shall see……

I salute the Councillors of West Somerset. I totally disagree with their decision but, of course, I respect the size of the vote in favour. However it is now up to the Council to convince local people that merging with Taunton is likely to work and is what people really want. I hope, and will press …
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Minister could say NO to merger plan

Yesterday a Government Minister told West Somerset and Taunton Deane Council leaders to go back to the drawing board and start talking to Sedgemoor District Council. Otherwise, Marcus Jones MP implied, he might not be prepared to support any merger plans.  This was the clearest message yet from the …
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WSDC RIP?

I sincerely hope I will not be reading this Death Notice on Wednesday. At teatime on that day West Somerset Council is due to meet to decide its own fate. If they vote to merge with Taunton Deane that will be the end of West Somerset - and probably the end of decent local democracy too. The Prime …
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