Author Archives: Mike Rigby

Now is Not The Time to Reorganise Somerset’s Councils.

Followers of my thoughts will know that I have long been a fan of the concept of unitary authorities. They offer a simplified means of access to services for residents; no more trying to figure out which council does what … Continue reading

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40Cdo will remain at Norton Manor Camp

As I tried to drift off to sleep after midnight yesterday, my wandering mind was snapped to by my buzzing phone. Unable to resist the urge, I pulled open one eyelid to see the news that Norton Manor camp was … Continue reading

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Cllr Mike Rigby; Why I have Decided to Join the Liberal Democrats

  “I’ve been the County Councillor for the Lydeard Division for almost six years. “I have taken satisfaction from providing a strong voice for the people in my area at a time of unprecedented pressure on local government in the … Continue reading

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The Outsource of Learning Disabilities

Every single Conservative county councillor went out in 2015 and actively campaigned for the election of Conservative MPs, whose express policy was the continued hammering of the Council’s budget. Continue reading

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Massive Flytipping Problem Continues in Taunton Deane.

Followers of my blog will recognise flytipping as an issue that I’ve raised and returned to from time to time.  In 2010/11 there were 407 incidents of flytipping across the Taunton Deane Borough costing council taxpayers a total of £11,705 … Continue reading

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Time to Stop the Politically-Driven Outsourcing of Somerset Learning Disability Service

County Council staff numbers have been slashed over the last 7 years, leaving the council’s learning disability support service as one of the largest single functions left in the council’s direct control.  As such, it has been singled out for … Continue reading

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Yet Another Crash at Lethal Bishops Lydeard Junction

Anyone driving on the A358 past Bishops Lydeard will be familiar with the dangerous junction with Station Road.  There have been numerous accidents at this junction in recent years including the recent death of Sally Eveleigh.  Taylor Wimpey were required … Continue reading

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Following my Facebook post FAQ, further questions have been raised and I have some answers. Q. When will the 30mph temporary speed limit be implemented? A. The current plan is to keep the disruption to a minimum and to delay … Continue reading

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Bishops Lydeard & Cothelstone Neighbourhood Plan Passes Referendum Hurdle

Voting took place yesterday in a referendum on whether local people approved of the Bishops Lydeard and Cothelstone Neighbourhood Plan.  The votes were counted overnight and the plan was passed with an overwhelming majority of votes cast, as follows: – … Continue reading

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Why We Should Vote in Favour of The Neighbourhood Plan

This Thursday, voters in Bishops Lydeard and Cothelstone Parish can have their say on whether the Neighbourhood Plan for the two parishes ought to be approved. Taking advantage of new legislation, volunteers from the community, including parish councillors and local … Continue reading

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