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.
Plans to build 16,000 homes across South Somerset approved
Controversial plans to build thousands of homes at East Coker have been given the go ahead. South Somerset council held a full council meeting earlier today to discuss the proposals and have now reached their verdict
Fifty members of the public are speaking at today's full council meeting in Yeovil. Many are upset that 2,500 homes might be allowed close to the historic village of East Coker. The Lib Dem led authority is considering plans to allow 16,751 homes in the district over the next 20 years.
Protesters have turned out in force to fight plans to build homes on the outskirts of Yeovil and parts of the village of East Coker. Residents came armed with banners to illustrate their opposition to South Somerset District Council's plans to build thousands of new homes.
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.