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Prince Charles revisits Somerset Levels

08 July 2014 18:04:28 UK headlines

The Prince of Wales returns to Somerset Levels to see how life is returning to normal following the devastating winter floods that he witnessed for himself in a visit to the village in February

Vice All News Time08 July 2014 18:04:28


Prince Charles revisits Somerset Levels

08 July 2014 18:04:28 UK headlines

The Prince of Wales returns to Somerset Levels to see how life is returning to normal following the devastating winter floods that he witnessed for himself in a visit to the village in February

Vice All News Time08 July 2014 18:04:28

In protecting Maria Miller, posh boy Cameron shows the judgment of a King Canute

04 April 2014 22:31:32 mirror - News

But by putting his arm around one of his own he is sticking two fingers up to taxpayers. And expenses remain a nuclear issue with the hard-working public

Vice All News Time04 April 2014 22:31:32

No wonder the Somerset Levels needed dredging! Abandoned vehicles rescued from river (and some of them have been there for DECADES)

04 April 2014 16:10:58 News | Mail Online

Workmen spotted the cars in King's Sedgemoor flood drain near Bridgwater in Somerset while clearing rivers that flooded earlier in the year.

Vice All News Time04 April 2014 16:10:58

Dredging of the Somerset Levels gets under way at the River Parrett

31 March 2014 18:15:49 News | Mail Online

Silt was removed from a 200-metre stretch of the River Parrett, near Burrowbridge, Somerset, by diggers today as part of a £5.8million Environment Agency scheme.

Vice All News Time31 March 2014 18:15:49

Aerial views show Somerset Levels four months after flooding

31 March 2014 15:36:07 UK headlines

The Telegraph re-visits the village of Moorland in Somerset as dredging is set to start in the area following catastrophic flooding        

Vice All News Time31 March 2014 15:36:07

Somerset Levels: Then and now... the clean-up continues

18 March 2014 17:07:53 UK headlines

During and after pictures show how the devastating winter flood hit Moorland and the challenge facing an army of volunteers helping villagers back to their homes        

Vice All News Time18 March 2014 17:07:53

Barrage in £100m Somerset flood plan

05 March 2014 14:34:00 BBC News - UK

A tidal barrage at Bridgwater and dredging on the Somerset Levels form part of a £100m plan to combat flooding in the area, the BBC understands.

Vice All News Time05 March 2014 14:34:00

Victory for King Canute of the Somerset Levels after floodwater recedes from around his £1million home as he reveals the luxurious rooms he managed to protect from deluge

01 March 2014 03:28:41 News | Mail Online

Sam Notaro, 40, (main) became a latter-day King Canute after protecting his property from the water which engulfed the Somerset Levels.

Vice All News Time01 March 2014 03:28:41

Reflecting on the flooding: Photographers capture stunning images of the submerged Somerset Levels as forecasters warn they could take months to drain away

19 February 2014 13:07:44 News | Mail Online

The images belie the heartache suffered by people on the Somerset Levels who have found their homes, farms and businesses flooded by record rainfalls.

Vice All News Time19 February 2014 13:07:44

VIDEO: A day on the Somerset Levels

18 February 2014 12:38:44 BBC News - UK

Inside Out's Alastair McKee spends 24 hours on the Somerset Levels following the recent flooding.

Vice All News Time18 February 2014 12:38:44

How Somerset Levels river flooded after it was not dredged for decades

17 February 2014 18:00:36 UK headlines

Historic photograph reveals how a lack of dredging has halved the width of a key river on the Somerset Levels        

Vice All News Time17 February 2014 18:00:36

Fury at Environment Agency staff boils over in Somerset Levels

13 February 2014 14:14:06 News | Mail Online

The photographs - taken by Britain’s disaster monitoring satellite, the UK-DMC2 - have been used to assist emergency services in their response in Somerset.

Vice All News Time13 February 2014 14:14:06

My house call on King Canute (and his soggy socks): ROBERT HARDMAN visits the £1m home that has become a fortress in the ocean formerly known as Somerset

10 February 2014 02:53:35 News | Mail Online

As of last night, Sam Notaro was still cheerfully holding out in the village of Moorland in Somerset behind surely the most extraordinary piece of DIY since Noah’s Ark.

Vice All News Time10 February 2014 02:53:35

Somerset's King Canute builds his OWN flood defences which leave his £1million home marooned in acres of floodwater

08 February 2014 05:16:59 News | Mail Online

Defiant father Sam Notaro is refusing to leave the £1million house he build himself despite being completely surrounded by floodwater on the Somerset Levels.

Vice All News Time08 February 2014 05:16:59

Stranded in Somerset: man builds giant wall to protect house from floods

07 February 2014 16:49:36 UK headlines

Aerial footage shows the extent of the flooding in Somerset, with one resident resorting to building a giant clay wall around his property to protect it from the rising water levels        

Vice All News Time07 February 2014 16:49:36

UK floods: under-fire Environment Agency chairman to visit Somerset Levels

06 February 2014 23:47:49 UK headlines

Lord Smith of Finsbury, the former Labour Cabinet Minister, will meet residents, councillors and members of his agency's staff on visit to flooded area        

Vice All News Time06 February 2014 23:47:49

UK floods: under-fire Environment Agency chairman to visit Somerset Levels

06 February 2014 22:47:59 Politics News - UK Politics

Lord Smith of Finsbury, the former Labour Cabinet Minister, will meet residents, councillors and members of his agency's staff on visit to flooded area        

Vice Politics Time06 February 2014 22:47:59

Weather: flood-hit homes on Somerset Levels evacuated by police

05 February 2014 17:29:28 UK headlines

Britain has been battered by storms as hurricane force wind and heavy rains bring more destruction and flooding misery        

Vice All News Time05 February 2014 17:29:28

Prince Charles visits flooded Somerset Levels

05 February 2014 01:07:29 UK headlines

Prince Charles speaks with members of the local community in the village of Stoke St Gregory on the Somerset Levels in south west England        

Vice All News Time05 February 2014 01:07:29

VIDEO: Prince Charles visits Somerset levels

04 February 2014 20:21:17 BBC News - UK

Prince Charles has been to flood-hit areas of Somerset and told residents it was a "tragedy" nothing had been done for so long.

Vice All News Time04 February 2014 20:21:17

Environment chief bows to pressure to visit flooded Somerset Levels

04 February 2014 12:26:37 Politics News - UK Politics

The head of the Environment Agency Lord Smith promises to visit the victims of flooding in the Somerset Levels amid mounting criticism over the quangos failure to prevent flooding in the area        

Vice Politics Time04 February 2014 12:26:37

Charles to visit Somerset Levels

04 February 2014 07:29:24 BBC News - UK

Prince Charles will visit the Somerset Levels later to meet residents, farmers and members of the emergency services affected by recent flooding.

Vice All News Time04 February 2014 07:29:24

Why do the Somerset Levels flood?

28 January 2014 16:33:45 UK headlines

Dozens of homes are still flooded and acres of land underwater after the storms hit the UK last month, with the Somerset Levels one of the worst affected areas - leading to calls from campaigners for national action        

Vice All News Time28 January 2014 16:33:45

Somerset Levels floods: Cut off - and furious

27 January 2014 23:47:41 Politics News - UK Politics

With parts of Somerset still under water after a month, locals want answers from the Environment Agency, says Philip Johnston        

Vice Politics Time27 January 2014 23:47:41

Owen Paterson visits flood-hit Somerset Levels

27 January 2014 18:11:59 Politics News - UK Politics

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson encourages locals to submit "a good, concrete plan" for a long-term solution following "major" flooding        

Vice Politics Time27 January 2014 18:11:59

In pics: Photographer Matilda Temperley witnesses flooding on Somerset Levels

22 January 2014 15:04:59 UK headlines

Floods affecting homes and businesses on the Somerset Levels.        

Vice All News Time22 January 2014 15:04:59

An artistic look at the flooding on the Somerset levels

22 January 2014 14:02:02 UK headlines

Floods affecting homes and businesses on the Somerset levels        

Vice All News Time22 January 2014 14:02:02

Coalition politics put to test in Somerset council elections

26 April 2013 14:21:11 Politics news, UK and world political comment and analysis |

Tories and Lib Dems are rivals for control of the council, while Labour, Ukip and the Greens are trying to gain a foothold In the sprawling village of Batcombe, perched on the wooded hills of east Somerset, the local elections have not yet generated the levels of excitement that Dickens's Mr Pickwick observed at Eatanswill. Just three garden placards are visible, all of them orange and endorsing Sarah Yong, one of the Lib Dem candidates fighting to recapture county hall in distant Taunton. Neighbouring Bruton boasts several Tory placards, but in the ancient wool town of Shepton Mallet it is hard to find any at all. Yet there are unruly stirrings in tranquil rural Somerset. As elsewhere in England's mainly county elections on 2 May, the public mood is unpredictable. But in areas such Somerset where traditionally the Tories and Lib Dems have fought each other for control of the council, coalition politics are being put to the electoral test. County Hall is 35 miles across the flooded wetlands of the Somerset Levels – in wet winters like this one, local roads can be impassable for weeks – and gets its share of stick. Batcombe (population 400) lost its shops and school long ago (the Three Horseshoes pub survives), and last year its twice-weekly bus service succumbed to economies imposed by the Conservative-controlled county council, which is struggling with £80m worth of coalition cuts to its budget. "Some people have to rely on neighbours to get to Shepton or Frome," says Yong, who has been sending voters handwritten letters in her energetic uphill struggle to beat the district councillor Nigel Woollcombe-Adams. Across the 18 villages that make up the new Mendip South division, all boundaries were redrawn after a cash-saving cut in councillor numbers from 58 to 55, making 28 the target for control of the council. Somerset Tories currently have 34 seats, Lib Dems 22 and Labour two. County Hall has changed hands six times since the 1970s. Lately there have been library cuts (modified after judicial review) and reduced access to the council's 16 tips, plus charges that critics claim generate more costly fly-tipping. In Batcombe's cottages and grand houses behind high hedges it irritates some voters almost as much as the money "wasted" on county hall restructuring or those rich incomers ("he's from Frome") with their fancy plans for eco-homes. But the Tory counter-blast may win over waverers too: before the Lib Dems lost control in 2009 they had doubled council tax and left £360m worth of debt that costs £100,000 a day to service, say the leaflets. Yong's election fliers talk of a two-horse race between Tories and the Lib Dems in a county where there are five Tory MPs and four Lib Dems, but Tories dominate at district level except in the Paddy Ashdown-created stronghold around Yeovil. Life is getting more complicated in 2013. For one thing Somerset (which long since lost Bath and suburban south Bristol to North Avon, later replaced by two unitary councils) retains a fondness for independents over party politicians. As Tory county councillor for wild and wonderful Exmoor (15% of the county's area, 2% of its voters), Frances Nicholson worries more about independents, with their complicated views on hunting and badger culls, than she does about her Labour and Ukip challengers from down on the Bristol Channel coast. Only last November Somerset elected the independent Sue Mountstevens as its police commissioner over a Tory, Ken Maddock, who stepped down as county council leader expecting to get the job. Even worse for the status quo, this year Labour is fighting almost every seat and so is Ukip. The Greens are not far behind in candidates, so Yong is part of a five-horse race. Dorothy Baker, a retired teacher and Ukip's local chairman, echoes rivals complaints about flood protection and too much new housing development in the villages, and raises some of Ukip's own: the impact of Polish immigration on local schools and hospitals, and wind farms – though these are not a county responsibility. "People tell us we're fed up with the lot of them," she reports. Much of Somerset's problems can be traced to the EU or those Lib Dems, the coalition's "tail wagging the dog", she says. In Shepton Mallet's hard-pressed town centre (victim of the out-of-town Tesco supermarket, voters say) it is easy to pick up disgruntlement and a sense of neglect. "It takes me two weeks to get a doctor's appointment," complains semi-retired John Bailey, who is switching from Tory to Lib Dem because the candidate (he's never heard of him before) talks well about regenerating the town. But Labour activists are fired up too, reports Andrew Govier, fighting to retain his county seat at Wellington. In 2009 Labour gave Lib Dems their tactical anti-Tory support. The coalition put paid to that. " A lot of people were keen to stand this time," he says. With low unemployment and a diverse economy – high-tech helicopters at Yeovil as well as its famous cider and Cheddar's cheese – Somerset is relatively affluent, though marked by evident pockets of poverty and rough estates. But concern about job creation as well as energy diversity unites the parties in support for the proposed EDF-built nuclear power station on Hinkley Point. What will happen on 2 May? "Ukip could split the Tory vote quite badly," admits one Tory councillor. "We want to get the soft Labour vote back from the Lib Dems," says Labour. "It's going to be a knife-edge result," says the Lib Dem Yong. And the Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, says his candidates will take votes from them all. Local elections Michael White © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds      

Vice All News Time26 April 2013 14:21:11