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John welcomes Emma to Brympton

by aldc on 16 March, 2015

Councillor John Richardson has warmly welcomed Emma Dunn as the candidate to replace him on SSDC. “It was a great honour to have been your elected representative and not one I am giving up lightly. I have decided to retire earlier than I expected. I’m really glad Emma has been selected to stand.” “She is a good listener, a tough campaigner and, […]

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68 dog owners came to Yeovil Country Park on Wednesday 4 February to get their pet micro chipped for free. The event, organised by South Somerset District Council’s Countryside Rangers and Enforcement Officers, saw the Dogs Trust attend to microchip dogs to ensure that lost or stolen dogs can be reunited with their keepers as […]

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Reporting Back: Larkhill Area and Thorne Lane

by aldc on 5 February, 2015

The main issue raised on the doorstep has been traffic congestion and road safety. As well as jams at ASDA, there have been concerns about speeding (and about “inappropriate” traffic calming). Your local Liberal Democrat team has been working to try to improve the situation. You may be aware that after a long campaign we […]

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On the button for a perfect Christmas Turkey

by aldc on 5 February, 2015

“People are rightly nervous about under-cooking the Christmas Turkey and cooks don’t get much practice at roasting this meat. The Pop-UP™ timer makes it really easy to see when the turkey is perfectly cooked. Just push the device right the way in, up to the hilt, if your butcher hasn’t already done this for you. […]

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Crime Map for Brympton

by aldc on 5 February, 2015

Click Here  or paste the following into your browser http://www.police.uk/avon-and-somerset/AE036/crime/+002KgA/

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The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have today released figures highlighting a dramatic increase in fly-tipping incidents in the South Somerset area during the 2011/12 period. Official statistics from the Government show that whilst nationally there had been an overall decline in fly-tipping (of around 9%), in South Somerset  fly-tipping increased a staggering 55% during the […]

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We’ve set the 2013/14 Council Tax

by aldc on 5 February, 2015

  Last Friday (1st March) I had the honour of chairing the Council Tax Setting Committee of South Somerset District Council. This doesn’t happen often (indeed ever), but the Police were so late setting their budget that it wasn’t available at the normal Council Meeting. Hence my sitting on a sub-committee with 5 colleagues (in […]

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Winter Catch up Information

by aldc on 5 February, 2015

2013/14 Council Tax levels

by aldc on 5 February, 2015

  I’ve just been doing some hunting round to work up a comparison of the Somerset districts basic Council Tax. The graph below includes the very significant County Council tax, the Police precept, the Fire and Rescue Service Precept and each District’s own Council Tax element. It does not include the local Parish or Town […]

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I thought you might be interested in reading the response from DCLG which I received recently, especially once you know the back-story. We had noticed that the business rates charged on retail units in Yeovil town centre were high, and very much higher than Peel Retail Park (just off the A30 towards Sherborne). This huge annual […]

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