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Public are Warned of New Council Tax Scam

Fri 6 May '11, 11:01
By Dawn Haydon
Public are Warned of New Council Tax Scam

South Somerset District Council is warning residents to be vigilant following a report of a new council tax scam involving a man demanding cash from a woman at her home in Chard. A man approached an elderly lady at her property, telling her that she was in arrears with her council tax and owed £4,000.

What Parking Charges?

Wed 20 Apr '11, 09:22
By Jane Lock
What Parking Charges?

Liberal Democrat candidate for the District Council Jane Lock discusses the Conservative claim that the Liberal Democrats are out to impose parking charges on Wincanton. (Another hot topic of debate for tonight's husting.)

Green Rubbish Collection Options for Springtime Gardeners

Thu 24 Feb '11, 14:19
By Dawn Haydon
Green Rubbish Collection Options for Springtime Gardeners

Green-fingered residents thinking of pruning their gardens this year are being reminded that they can have their garden waste collected directly from their kerbside. Over seven thousand residents have signed up with South Somerset District Council to have either a green wheelie bin or green waste sacks picked up every fortnight, saving the need to drive to the recycling centre.

Council Warns of New Scam

Thu 24 Feb '11, 14:07
By Dawn Haydon
Council Warns of New Scam

South Somerset District Council is warning residents to be wary following a report of a new scam relating to council tax. A Curry Mallet man received a telephone call falsely stating that if he paid £100 to a charity in India then he would receive council tax relief. The elderly man had considered sending a cheque but fortunately realised it was a scam.

Parking Fees a "Slap in the Face" - UPDATED

Sat 5 Feb '11, 17:49
By Western Gazette
Parking Fees a "Slap in the Face" <span style='color: red;'>- UPDATED</a></span>

Charges could be introduced in free car parks in south Somerset, sparking fears that town centres could suffer. Plans to transfer all parking enforcement powers from the police to the local council have moved one step closer in Somerset. If approved, charges are likely to be brought in at Wincanton and Castle Cary, where drivers have been able to park for free for years.

Please Help Somerset Waste Partnership - Recycle For All It's Worth!

Tue 1 Feb '11, 11:39
By Somerset Waste Partnership
Please Help Somerset Waste Partnership - Recycle For All It's Worth!

Inspired by hard-working Somerset householders achieving a 50% recycling rate, Somerset Waste Partnership are determined to do more. So we are launching a new campaign, Recycle For All It's Worth, to help residents boost recycling, conserve resources and save money.

The Draft Core Strategy Controversey - A Closer Look at Consultation

Mon 24 Jan '11, 12:27
By John Baxter
The Draft Core Strategy Controversey - A Closer Look at Consultation

Helen Rutter, SSDC Area East Development Manager spends time explaining the Draft Core Strategy and the consultation process for the Window.

Controversy Over Car Parks Earmarked for Future Retail Development

Thu 13 Jan '11, 12:34
By Mandy Cochrane
Controversy Over Car Parks Earmarked for Future Retail Development

A report in the 6th January edition of the Western Gazette, concerning the potential building of retail units on the existing free car parks in Wincanton, has prompted a swift reply from South Somerset District Council, denying that there are any proposals to build on these sites.

Be on the Alert for Council Tax Telephone Scam

Wed 12 Jan '11, 10:49
By Dawn Haydon
Be on the Alert for Council Tax Telephone Scam

South Somerset residents are being warned of a scam in which they are being told they are eligible for thousands of pounds in benefits or council tax. A diligent member of the public reported that a man with an Indian accent had called them and claimed that they qualified for £7000 as they have "no outstanding debts".

Take a Careful Look - The Core Strategy for Wincanton

Wed 15 Dec '10, 16:13
By John Baxter
Take a Careful Look - The Core Strategy for Wincanton

This handsome map was printed up by the District Council. Now is your chance to actually see it. Send in your comments or queries to find out what it really means.

The Draft Core Strategy for Wincanton

Thu 2 Dec '10, 15:03
By Colin Winder
The Draft Core Strategy for Wincanton

Colin Winder, District Councillor representing the Wincanton Ward, town councillor and former mayor of Wincanton sets out his research and views on the District Council Core Strategy as presented at the recent Town Council Meeting in November.

Strong Leader or Elected Mayor - New Choice Faces South Somerset

Sun 31 Oct '10, 21:53
By Dawn Haydon
Strong Leader or Elected Mayor - New Choice Faces South Somerset

Electing a South Somerset Mayor is one of the two options that are being considered by South Somerset District Council, as part of the new arrangements for the council's governance. New legislation requires the council to change its current executive decision-making process to one of two options - a strong leader or elected Mayor.

South Somerset District Council Outlines Plans to Deal with the Cuts

Tue 26 Oct '10, 10:57
By Dawn Haydon
South Somerset District Council Outlines Plans to Deal with the Cuts

South Somerset District Council has been expecting cuts and has therefore been planning ahead. South Somerset has taken a prudent approach to setting its Medium Term Financial Plan, and has already factored in an assumed 30% cut to its budget over the next four years.

How to Get Rid of Your Garden Waste

Tue 15 Jun '10, 20:25
By Dawn Haydon
How to Get Rid of Your Garden Waste

Somerset Waste Management describe the options you can use to get rid of garden waste, from fortnightly collections to an all year service.

South Somerset District Council Reports on Benefit Fraud

Fri 7 May '10, 16:10
By Dawn Haydon
South Somerset District Council Reports on Benefit Fraud

South Somerset District Council has had some notable successes is tracking down those who have been committing benefit fraud.

South Somerset District Council shortlisted for Award

Wed 14 Apr '10, 12:38
By Dawn Haydon
South Somerset District Council shortlisted for Award

South Somerset District Council has been shortlisted for the prestigious Best Achiving Council in the UK Award

South Somerset District Council Highly Rated by the Audit Commission

Thu 18 Feb '10, 12:36
By Audit Commission
South Somerset District Council Highly Rated by the Audit Commission

The Audit Commission, the official watchdog for the public sector, has recently (Dec 09) published its reports on all local District Councils as part of its Comprehensive Area Assessment as rated SSDC highly.

Innovative Scheme for New Homes

Fri 19 Feb '10, 16:56
By Lynn Holmes
Innovative Scheme for New Homes

Dozens of empty properties in South Somerset could be fully renovated - and let out to local residents in need of housing - if a campaign led by South Somerset District Council is successful.

Co-operate or Face Savage Cuts - Tough Choices for Hard Times

Wed 24 Feb '10, 12:33
By John Baxter
Co-operate or Face Savage Cuts - Tough Choices for Hard Times

South Somerset District Council are planning to enter a partnership with East Devon District Council to save money in order to sustain local socially useful initiatives.

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