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Allergic woman has spent 17 years in a hut

A woman said to be allergic to the 21st Century has just spent her 17th anniversary living in an unheated and leaking hut in South Somerset. Gillian McCarthy was 41 when she retreated from the chemicals and pollutants that she says nearly killed her.

She believes her local authority should provide her with a specially built low emission house



If you're after high fashion you might head to the catwalks of Milan, Paris and London to see what's coming up next season. But there used to be one essential accessory made here in the West Country which stood the test of time for centuries.

From Cavaliers to Kings and Queens and high society, there was nothing finer than Honiton lace. In the latest in our lost industries series, Richard Lawrence meets one of the world's leading experts on a fabric once synonomous with good taste.

Residents: 'There has to be a limit to growth'

Residents are unhappy at plans to build thousands of homes in and around Yeovil. Residents opposed to the plans filled a council meeting today to try and get the proposals scrapped.

David Cloke, who lives in East Coker, say there is little support for the plans that could see homes built in the historic village.

Discussions by South Somerset District Council could go into tomorrow before a decision is reached.


Protesters fight housing plans

Up to 150 protesters are at South Somerset District Council's full council meeting in Yeovil fighting plans to allocate hundreds of acres for 2,500 homes on the edge of the town. The housing plans also include parts of the village of East Coker, immortalised by poet T.S Eliot.

His ashes are interred in the village church. The protesters say the scale of development is unnecessary and will ruin a beautiful landscape.