Category Archives: Environment

What do we do with a problem like Taunton?

Followers of my spoutings will recognise a familiar theme in my concern about the future for our current (more of that later) County Town, Taunton. Since I moved here 20 years ago, the town hasn’t really adapted. Sure, Fore Street … Continue reading

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As you are probably aware, Somerset County Council (SCC) is trying to sell-off thousands of acres of the Quantock Hills that we, the public, currently own.  Many people, including the Quantock Land Action Group (QLAG) of which I am a … Continue reading

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Hands Off Our Land: Cashing in on Coleridge’s glorious Quantock hills: The Daily Telegraph

By Victoria Lambert, The Daily Telegraph When I was a child, our annual August pilgrimages to pick bilberries on the Quantock Hills in Somerset were a highlight of the summer holidays. My father would take the Crowcombe road, and park … Continue reading

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Thanks to ITV for continuing to cover this important issue, with last night’s bulletin being the latest. The Council’s thinking is hopelessly muddled with the Councillor in charge, Huxtable, yo-yoing between “it’s about saving to invest” and “we don’t care … Continue reading

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Somerset County Council Admits “We’ve No Idea How Much Quantock Sale Will Raise”

A meeting at County Hall on 13 January has shed some disturbing light on the proposed sale of land on the Quantocks. Lib Dem councillor, John Baily, reports an exchange with Councillor David Huxtable (Conservative), who is in charge of … Continue reading

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Sandhill Park – Latest

. So, that makes 5 arrests in connection with arson at Sandhill Park – all young men in their late teens and early twenties. It does not look as though any charges have yet been filed so we will need … Continue reading

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Somerset County Council in Quantock Land Privatisation Plan

URGENT – Sale of Public Land! Somerset County Council is planning to sell off over 2,000 acres of nature reserves and woodland on the Quantocks. There is a consultation underway in advance of the sale. This seems to have sneaked … Continue reading

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Tramway Pole To Be Repaired Soon.

The ‘old tramway pole’ at the junction of West, High and Church Streets should be repaired soon. After being struck repeatedly during some roadworks, the cast-iron decorative base was destroyed having been in place for almost a century. Mike put … Continue reading

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Sandhill Solar Park – Work Begins

Work has started on the Sandhill Solar Park, a development of up to 7,000 solar panels on land near Bishops Lydeard. A German firm has taken possession of the site and is busy preparing the site for the ‘ground screws’ … Continue reading

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Somerset Tips Start to Charge the Public

Four Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in Somerset have started charging the public to use the sites.  Residents are charged £2 for each visit to Coleford, Dulverton or Middlezoy tips and £1.20 at Crewkerne.  The move, introduced jointly by Somerset’s … Continue reading

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