Government officials have rejected a proposal to build 55 homes close to Wincanton Community Hospital. South Somerset District Council rejected the initial application, while an appeal by Hopkins Development Limited fell on deaf government ears.
Concerns were raised about the proposal’s impact on the hospital, and the potential closure of the hospital while work was being completed. Wincanton mayor Colin Winder still has his concerns, stating: “We won the appeal but that was just one battle”
The proposed repairs of the bridge on the A371 at Castle Cary have been postponed until 2013 after a heated meeting at the Brook House Inn, Alhampton. Over 200 local residents and business owners voiced their concerns to rail bosses, fuming that the long detours would dramatically effect individuals, businesses and schools in the area.