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New owners of Glovers Walk in Yeovil outline their plans

Nov 11, 2018

The new owners of the Glovers Walk shopping precinct in Yeovil and Yeovil Bus Station have confirmed that the area will be re-developed.

The town centre site - advertised at 3 and a half million pounds - has been bought by the Martin Property Group from Northern Ireland.

It’s understood the new owners are considering building flats above shops and perhaps a hotel.

The company says some existing retail outlets in Middle Street will remain.

The bus station is leased to South Somerset District Council.

The new owners are in talks with the Council about ways to develop the site.

 

New owners of Glovers Walk in Yeovil outline their plans

Yeovil Remembrance service broadcast live

Nov 11, 2018

Radio Ninesprings was proud to broadcast live from the Remembrance Service in Yeovil Today and glad that people across South Somerset and around the world could listen and feel part of the event.

Yeovil Remembrance service broadcast live

Sale of Yeovil shopping precinct and Bus Station

Nov 9, 2018

The Glovers Walk Shopping precinct in Yeovil and Yeovil Bus Station have been sold to new owners.
The town centre site has been bought by the Martin Property Group in Northern Ireland for an undisclosed sum.
Glovers Walk and the bus station had been advertised with a price tag of £3.5 million.
South Somerset District Council say through the Yeovil Refresh Project it will work with the new owners, other stakeholders and investors, on planning the future of the site.

 

Sale of Yeovil shopping precinct and Bus Station

Leonardo urge safety checks following fatal crash of AW169

Nov 8, 2018

Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil are advising operators of two of its helicopters to check tail rotors following the crash of an AW169 at Leicester City Football Club.
A service bulletin has been issued to AW169 and AW189 operators to perform an inspection of tail rotor systems.
The owner and Chairman of Leicester City and four others died in the accident which was the first to involve an AW169. Leonardo continues to support the investigation into the crash.

Leonardo urge safety checks following fatal crash of AW169

Coca Cola Christmas Truck No Show in Yeovil

Nov 7, 2018

The Coca-Cola Christmas truck is making a return to Somerset this year but it won’t be seen in Yeovil.
The iconic lorry will be at the Asda store in Taunton on Tuesday, November 13.

The Coca Cola Christmas truck drew big crowds when it came to Yeovil in 2016.

It’s due to visit more than 20 major towns and cities across the UK during November and December.

Coca Cola Christmas Truck No Show in Yeovil

Two in hospital after A37 crash

Nov 6, 2018

Two people from Yeovil are in hospital - one with serious injuries - following a two vehicle collision on the A 37 Yeovil to Dorchester Road.

It happened at around 10am yesterday, Monday, near to Grimstone and involved a white Scania lorry and a grey Audi A3.

The driver of the Audi - a 80-year-old man from the Yeovil area - sustained serious injuries.

His male passenger, also from the Yeovil area, sustained chest and head injuries.

The lorry driver, a 65-year-old man from Frome, was uninjured.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage of the accident to come forward.

 

Two in hospital after A37 crash

Increase in hoax calls to emergency services

Nov 4, 2018

More than 7,500 hoax calls were made to the police and ambulance service in the South West in the last three years, according to new figures.

5,800 hoax calls were made to Avon and Somerset Police.

The South Western Ambulance Service recorded 2,170 hoax calls.

Avon and Somerset Police have now launched a Twitter account - @ASPolice - to encourage people to think before they call 999 or 101.

Increase in hoax calls to emergency services

Paddy Ashdown in cancer battle

Nov 4, 2018

The Prime Minister has offered her support to Paddy Ashdown after it was revealed the former Yeovil MP has been diagnosed with cancer of the bladder.

Theresa May said she was very sorry to hear Lord Ashdown is being treated for cancer and wished him a speedy recovery.

In sending his good wishes, Liberal Democrat Leader, Vince Cable, described Paddy as one of the great British political figures of the past 30 years.

Tim Farran, Don Foster and Tessa Munt are amongst other leading Lib Dems to send their good wishes.

Lord Ashdown, who’s 77, is receiving specialist treatment at Yeovil District Hospital.

 

Paddy Ashdown in cancer battle

Chard memorial

Nov 3, 2018

Local people in Chard have built replica of the town’s war memorial to mark the 100 th anniversary of the end of World War One.

The display has been covered with 2,000 poppies and bears the names of the 162 people from Chard who were killed or went missing during the first and second world wars.

The memorial can be seen in the entrance to the Guildhall.

 

 

Chard memorial

Yeovil police station modernisation

Nov 2, 2018

It’s been confirmed that four million pounds is to be spent modernising Yeovil Police Station.

The decision by Avon and Somerset Police Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, means Yeovil’s police HQ will now remain open.

In April last year, the cells in Yeovil were shut and it was feared the whole building would be closed. 

Officers making arrests in Yeovil have had to take suspects to the cells at Bridgwater police station.

It's a practice that looks set to continue after a spokesperson confirmed there are no plans to re-open the custody suite in Yeovil.

The refurbishment of the Yeovil Police HQ includes reducing the number of floor areas from six to three.

The building will also be fitted with new cladding.

If planning permission is granted, work would start next summer and the new-look building opened by late 2020.

 

 

 

Yeovil police station modernisation

Ex Yeovil Fire Chief murdered in Malaysia

Nov 1, 2018

A Somerset woman has appeared in court in Malaysia charged with murdering her husband.

John Jones – a retired chief fire officer at Yeovil Fire Station – was killed at the couple’s home on the island of Langkawi last Tuesday, the 18th of October.

His wife, Samantha, who also worked in Somerset as an insurance clerk - is accused of stabbing her husband to death.

If found guilty, she faces the death penalty which in Malaysia is mandatory for murder.

Mrs Jones is due to appear in court again on 29th of November.

Meanwhile, her sister has flown from the UK to Malaysia and attended the court hearing.

 PHOTO: Samantha Jones has been transferred from police cells in Langkawi to a prison on the Malaysian mainland as she awaits trial.

Ex Yeovil Fire Chief murdered in Malaysia

Off The Streets

Oct 9, 2018

A large quantity of cannabis and a knuckle-duster have been taken off the streets of Yeovil in the past week, according to the local police.

Off The Streets

Police Facebook Chat

Oct 9, 2018

The two people who head up Avon and Somerset Police will be taking questions from the public in a live web chat later this month.

Police Facebook Chat

Crime Reporting

Oct 9, 2018

More than a quarter of crimes reported in the Avon and Somerset Police area are not being investigated.

Crime Reporting

New Yeovil Supermarket

Oct 5, 2018

The go-ahead has been given for Aldi to build a new supermarket on the former Old’s garage site in Sherborne Road, Yeovil.

Despite the application being recommended for rejection, members of South Somerset District Council’s Area South Committee voted to support the plan. 

Planning officers had wanted the new Aldi built on the old livestock market site off Reckleford.

South Somerset District Council say a new way to develop the cattle market site will have to be found.

New Yeovil Supermarket

Martock Private Police

Oct 4, 2018

Martock Parish Council has been trialling the use of private security guards to patrol local streets

Martock Private Police

NHS Phone Survey

Oct 4, 2018

Healthwatch Somerset is calling for improvements in the NHS non-emergency phone service - 101.

NHS Phone Survey

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