Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Badger Cull 2 – An update

Two weeks ago I wrote a blogpost setting out what I had learned about the pilot badger culls in the preceding few weeks. Previously I had not held a strong view on the subject and my interest had been piqued … Continue reading

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As part of the Taunton Trading Estate redevelopment, a legal agreement was signed that required the developer to fund and provide speed reduction measures on Blackdown View, Norton Fitzwarren. Local people will recall a previous scheme that was rejected following … Continue reading

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Developers, Delays and Road Improvements

Since being elected I’ve spent a lot of time trying to speed up the provision of various delayed highway improvements and repairs, many of which are located in Norton Fitzwarren. It seems to me that there is a fundamental problem … Continue reading

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The Somerset 5 Summits Challenge

The Chairman of Somerset County Council, David Fothergill, has selected 2 charities as this year’s ‘Chairman’s Charities’. He will spearhead fundraising exercises throughout the year in support of the National Autistic Trust and the Somerset Trust for Arts and Recreation, … Continue reading

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What I have learned about the badger cull.

Representing a rural community, I have heard first-hand from farmers about the hardships associated with bovine TB outbreaks on their farms. Movement bans, below par compensation for slaughtered animals, even the loss of historic bloodlines all seriously impact on farmers’ … Continue reading

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