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  1. Heritage railway in final fundraising bid to buy loco

    Railway station

    Volunteers are hoping to raise more than £120,000 to buy back and restore an old locomotive.

    West Somerset Railway wants to buy the 4110 engine to add to its collection.

    If the bid is successful the engine will take five years to restore. In the past two weeks they have raised £90,000.

    The auction takes place at the end of January.

  2. More homeless families being housed in city hotel

    Local Democracy Reporting Service


    More homeless families are being temporarily housed in Gloucester’s Travelodge hotel by the city council, according to new data.

    Figures obtained under a Freedom of Information request by the Local Democracy Reporting Service reveal the city council paid for 214 homeless households to temporarily stay in the Travelodge branch in St Ann Way last year – up from 171 in 2017.

    The response comes as the cost of providing emergency accommodation for the homeless quadrupled in four years and the council battles a shortage of social housing.

    A council report presented to the cabinet last November said that there is a “reliance” on temporary accommodation hotels which is “costly and unsustainable”.

  3. Motorists help raise nearly £12m in revenue last year

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Car park

    Bath and North East Somerset Council raised nearly £12m from parking charges, permits and fines last year.

    After expenses were taken out, the council was left with a surplus of £8.1m from parking – money which has been branded a stealth tax by motoring organisations.

    The figure was up by a quarter compared to the authority’s £6.3m surplus in 2016/17.

    Councils across England made £871.5m in so called “profits from parking" in 2017/18, the highest amount since records began in 2008/09.

    Driving organisations criticised rising surpluses across the country for leaving motorists with less money to spend. But Banes said its income had been boosted by a greater number of transactions, not increased charges.

  4. Rowing record set by Somerset fundraisers

    Rowing record poster

    A team of fundraisers in Frome have set a new world record for rowing.

    They set a new record for the highest number of people to row 500m each, in a 24-hour relay on one indoor rowing machine.

    Some 678 rowers aged between 16 and 73 completed the challenge, rowing more than 120 miles (339km) between them.

    The previous record was 600 rowers.

    It happened last June but has only just been ratified by Guinness World Records.

  5. Toddler bitten by dog in Yeovil

    A two-year old has been bitten on the lip by a dog in Yeovil and police are now trying to trace its owner.

    The dog has been described as being a German Shepherd and Staffy cross.

    The incident happened on New Year's Day in the Raglan Terrace area, near Stiby Road at around 1pm.

    Raglan Terrace/Stiby Road
  6. Crime commissioner seeks approval for police precept to rise by £24 a year

    Angus Macpherson

    Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is looking to canvas the views of residents on a proposed average increase of £24 a year to the policing precept.

    The precept which is collected with the council tax, goes directly to PCC Angus Macpherson's office where 98% is allocated to the Chief Constable and the remaining 2% to the PCCs office for commissioned services which includes supporting victims of crime and restorative justice.

    Currently, the average Wiltshire household contributes £15.19 per month to local policing, but if residents and local businesses back the proposal then this would rise to £17.19 per month.

  7. A371 work to finish ahead of schedule


    A road in Somerset that has been closed since last autumn has reopened ahead of schedule.

    The A371 at Draycott was closed so that high speed internet cables could be put in place and utilities could be upgraded.

    Work was due to go on for another three months but instead will finish today due to good weather.

  8. Somerset farmer ordered to pay £4,000 for polluting local stream

    Pollution from Meare Green Farm

    A Somerset farmer has been fined for polluting a local stream.

    James Pine form Meare Green Farm in Stoke St Gregory let the run-off water from the farm's silage buildings and slurry stores leak into the local water way.

    This waterway leads into the Sedgemoor Old Ryne as well as an important fishery at Sedgemoor Main Drain, the Environment Agency said.

    During the hearing, Mr Pine agreed to block off the pipe to prevent it from happening again.

  9. Energy firm makes loss of more than £11m in last financial year

    The energy company set up by Bristol City Council made a loss of £11.2m in the last financial year.

    Bristol Energy actually turned over £52m, but the cost of buying the wholesale energy coupled with the cost of running the business and the council's overall investment means it isn't making a profit yet.

    The authority has around £27m invested in the project so far.

    The company says it remains on track and is meeting the performance targets set down by the council, the details of which haven't been revealed.

    Bristol Energy
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