Fire Service Cuts

Our Fire Service in South Somerset is under threat. Devon and Somerset Fire Authority have announced proposals to remove a fire engine from Yeovil and Martock and reduce the coverage in Chard.

We believe that the cuts are an unnecessary risk to public safety and that carrying them out just to save money is reckless.


Yeovil Fire Station has three fire engines. Removing one would leave us with just two to protect the whole of Yeovil, an area with the second-highest concentration of industry in the whole South West. The town is growing and with more people, there is more risk.

If there are large out of area fires Yeovil often sends two fire engines away from the town potentially leaving us completely unprotected.

Sign our petition and help us to stop the cuts here: 

Save St Margaret's Hospice

Sign the petition here:

Mick Clark, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Yeovil has launched a petition calling on the Somerset CCG and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to provide funding to ensure that the in-patient unit at St Margaret’s Hospice can remain open. Mick said:

“The closure of the in-patient unit of St Margaret’s Hospice in Yeovil would be a real loss to the town.

“With Yeovil increasing in population and with an aging population, local hospice care is more important than ever.

“It is also a blow to the hard working staff whose jobs are now at risk. St Margaret’s do fantastic work in the community and they should receive the support they need to continue to do so.

“The situation has arisen because of funding issues stemming from the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SOMPAR).

“St Margaret’s was promised a 2.7% uplift on their annual grant from the CCG which was due in April and which has not been delivered. SOMPAR has also taken away the charities continuous healthcare funding which amounts to a loss of £150,000 per year.

“If this funding was restored then St Margaret’s would be more able to keep providing its excellent in-patient services to the community.

“Myself and Yeovil Liberal Democrats have launched a petition calling for this funding to be restored. We want to show the depth of support that the community has for St Margaret’s Hospice.”

You can sign the petition at

Somerset's Gritters Sold - Drivers Sacked!

Gritter with sacked imposed on frontSomerset County Council have today announced that they have sacked seventeen gritter drivers and sold their road gritters, in spite of thousands of Somerset residents signing petitions calling for cuts to gritting services to be reduced.

The Conservative run County Council has made around £45 million in cuts to services over two years and sold £90 million worth of Council Tax payers assets, while recently announcing that it will be spending almost £10 million to upgrade their offices in Taunton.

Leader of the Liberal Democrat group in County, Jane Lock, said on this “The Conservatives running the County Council are clearly out of touch with the real world. We all experienced the problems in recent weeks with just a brief cold snap”

“Rather than taking the opportunity to hold their hands up, say they had got it wrong, Somerset Conservatives are Instead pushing ahead and making the problem worse by sacking 17 hard working drivers”.

Mick Clark, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Yeovil said “This Council refused to raise council tax for almost a decade, then complained it now hasn’t got the funds to deliver essential services. If these were company directors, they would be struck off and banned from running future businesses”

“After cuts to every aspect of county services, the only thing this Conservative run Council has achieved is to clearly demonstrate they have no gritters, no drivers and no clue about delivering services responsibly”

Save Our Post Office

Yeovil Liberal Democrat's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Mick Clark, has launched an online petition to save Yeovil's Post Office which has been threatened with closure. For more information and to sign the petition go to 

Yeovil Post Office

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