British rock legend Rod Stewart plays Taunton! Concert latest PLUS more to come on Thursday

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  • British rock legend steps on stage in Taunton
  • 18,000 fans descend on Somerset County Cricket Ground for hotly-awaited open-air concert
  • Fantastic picture-filled supplement out in shops next Thurs
  • Tweet using #rodstewarttaunton

11:17pm

AND that's it for our live coverage tonight. We hope you had as much fun as we did.

Huge congratulations to Ann Lee and the rest of the St Margaret's Hospice team for bringing Rod to Taunton!

Check back here tomorrow for a sparkling, gleaming gallery of Rod pics, and find your face in the crowd!

(I think we saw the best of Rod's suit collection tonight, don't you?)

Drive safely everyone.

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11:15pm

Fans are piling out to their nearby homes and cars for the long journey back.

Have a safe trip home and we hope you all enjoyed the concert.

11:15pm

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11:08pm

Wheelchair user Kieran Vile was chuffed with his vantage point at The Colin Atkinson Pavilion.

"It's a good view, because if I was on normal sitting down level, it would be difficult to see everything because everyone would be stood up."

Friend Jake Sharland said: "We arrived quite early, and it was very busy then.

"It's very difficult for a disabled person to get a good view, but I think they've done well, and to get so many people here from Taunton., it's nice to see."

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11:06pm

ROD takes a breather for a costume change while his fiery ladies get rollin':

 

11:01pm

YES Rod, we think you're sexy:

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10:54pm

ONE of my favourite shots of the night! (@GazetteDaisyB)

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AND now for a few snapshots from the night just gone...

Tracy Frankham and Kristen Holmes travelled from Yeovil to try and get Rod to have a selfie with them:

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10:49pm

SO it's all over! Revellers are reminded to think of local residents and be as quiet as possible coming out of the County Ground.

 

10:48pm

Lots of great pictures coming in from the concert, nice to see so many out supporting a great cause and enjoying some live entertainment.

10:16pm

Rolling On The River: these fiery souls give Rod a quick breather!

10:15pm

You're In My Heart up next.

10:08pm

Maggie May bellows out from the County Ground stage and from near enough everyone in Taunton.

9:35pm

Rod has brought an orchestra on stage for a golden sound to match his suit for The First Cut Is The Deepest.

9:16pm

Rod now performing Forever Young

8:49pm

Rod's down to shirt and tie (to whooping) and singing a song about being in the music business.

8:48pm

A refrain from the seventies, and it's going down like the best, sweetest spoon of honey.

8:47pm

Rod performs Wear It Well to the happy, bouncing crowd at the County Ground, Taunton.

8:45pm

Onto the swaggering chilled blues version of Tonight's The Night which was finished off for him a capella.

8:44pm

Rod addresses the crowd:

"Good evening my friends! Oh what a gorgeous evening. Unbelievable.

"Thank you first of all, before we get into our two hour set, thank you for coming. Especially those who've travelled a long distance, and it's definitely going to be worth your while."

8:37pm

Straight into a Motown hit - This Old Heart Of Mine Is Weak For You.

8:36pm

The main man, Mr Rod Stewart, is on stage and has kicked off his performance with Infatuation.

8:15pm

Dixie Mix now doing a fab swing fling version of When the Saints Go Marching In, with a raspy voice a la Louis Armstrong.

And guess what! it's their last song.

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7:56pm

Massive Rod fans, Lorraine and Guy Beale from Blackbrook, are still very much enjoying the view from the back of the County Ground, despite having a sit apart, having been away when tickets went on sale.

Guy says: "I'm a bit worried about the outfield though. We're doing quite well at the moment and I'll never forgive Rod if he ruins it."

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7:51pm

Dixie Mix are threatening to get us all dancing, singing, "n' all sorts of things", and they're doing exactly as promised: this is music you can't help but move to, from these men in their black and red.

7:48pm

With the sun still beating down, this place has got an incredible festival feel to it; everyone's got pints on hand, chatting on excitedly.

7:45pm

Update: 3.5 hours after the gates opened, Rod's support steps on stage:

Dixie Mix, all the way from New Orleans, and they sound awesome - all trumpet, double bass and boogie.

7:43pm

County Gazette reporter Daisy Blacklock is at the County Ground.

She said: "What a beautiful evening - people are still piling in, the sun is beaming down and St Margaret's dream has come true.

"Congratulations to the team for all their tremendous hard work."

7:39pm

Ann Lee, St Margaret's Hospice's clinical director and deputy chief executive, and the brains behind the Rod Stewart concert group, told the County Gazette: "Two years ago we had a staff conference. At it, Chris Akabusi, the famous olympian, came and said to us that we needed to raise our ambitions, and raise the bar as a charity, to engage people in the community.

"As part of that, I was given the challenge of attempting to raise £100,000 in a day, and to reach 18,000 people, who by 2020, would represent the number of people we would need to care for.

"The concert money from Rod's concert will go into direct patient care. We want to continue to strengthen and develop our community service. At the moment we are giving care seven days a week, 365 days a year to Taunton and Yeovil.

"We want to be able to sustain the existing service that we provide, and in this time of financial challenge, that's hard, so an event like this will help us.

"We're the fourth largest hospice in the UK. We've got people from London, Germany and from other hospices in the South West to come and see how we have raised the bar."

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7:20pm

Sam Stewart, development director for St Margaret's, reflects on the scene before her at the County Ground.

She said: "It's just incredible, an amazing achievement, and we feel very proud.

"It's great to see just so many people here enjoying the atmosphere. It's great for Taunton, great for Somerset and it's great for St Margaret's.

"We've been dreaming of this moment for the last three years, and it's just something seeing all those people out there."

It sounds like a 'great' evening of entertainment over at the County Ground. 

5:07pm

THE gates are open!

5:06pm

DON'T FORGET: Extra park-and-ride bus services are running from both Taunton Gateway and Silk Mills sites. 

The following roads are closing for tonight's open-air concert:

  • Priory Bridge Road between St Augustine Street and Dellars Wharf junctions between 4pm and midnight
  • Priory Avenue between Canon Street and the Gyffarde Street junctions between 4pm and midnight
  • Bridge Street and North Street will be closed between 9pm until midnight

The AA is also placing "no waiting" cones on the following streets:

  • Priory Avenue
  • Canon Street
  • Magdalene Street
  • Duke Street
  • Canal Road

Victoria Park is being used for parking with access from Priory Avenue, with egress, after the concert, via both Priory Avenue and Victoria Gate.

4:59pm

Weather still set fair - a tad better than for Elton two years ago...

4:58pm

MOTORISTS, don't forget a number of road closures are in place tonight to help things run as smoothly as possible as an expected 18,000 descend on the county town.

For road closure information, click here, and for latest traffic and travel news from our website, click here.

4:55pm

4:54pm

ST Margaret's Hospice may be the first adult hospice to stage a full-blown rock concert with a legend topping the bill, but with £10 million a year needed to deliver its service, the bucket collectors are still out in full force.

Pictured are St Margaret's Denise Murrell and Jo Stewart, who says she is sadly "no relation" to Rod.

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4:32pm

Here are ten other Rods to keep you entertained while you wait for the main Rod...

1. Rodney Trotter – from Only Fools and Horses, aka Dave according to Trigger. Comedy gold – an excellent Rod.

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2. Rod Hull – less vicious half of Rod and Emu. But when it comes to an Emu, Rod ‘you wear it well’.

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3. Rod Laver - Australian former professional tennis player who holds the record for most singles titles won in the history of tennis, with 200 career titles – giving him ‘every reason to believe’ in his talent.

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4. Rhod Gilbert - Welsh comedian – superb at stand-up and a regular on TV and radio panel shows. If the Welsh listen carefully tonight, they might just catch a few bars drifting across the Bristol Channel.

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5. Rod Wallace – a key member of the team when Leeds United won the old First Division in 1992 (hurragh! – Ed) – the last piece of silverware won by the Yorkshire team (sob – Ed). Often captioned as his brother Danny in the national papers.

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6. Fishing Rod – Great for catching fish if you are ‘sailing’ in calm seas. Ahem.

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7. Lightning Rod – If ‘tonight’s the night’ for a thunderstorm, you’ll need one of these.

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8. Dyno Rod (this is terrible – Ed) – ‘Have I told you lately’ that your drains are blocked?

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9. Erm, that’s all the Rods we can think of – use the Comment box below if you can help. Sorry.

4:23pm

STEVE Letchford from West Quantoxhead queued from 3.30pm to be one of the first to pass through the gates.

"I got my tickets as soon as they went on sale. The queuing hasn't been too bad, we've had some entertainment from security."

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4:20pm

KIM and James Rigby from Ilminster were among those right at the front of the queue before Somerset County Ground's gates opened a few minutes ago, and say the scale of their Rod fandom is "definitely 10/10."

"Only The Stones can beat him," says James.

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3:52pm

ROD STEWART BY NUMBERS...

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  • 10/01/1945 – The date on which Roderick David "Rod" Stewart was born (making him 69 years old).
  • 6 – The number of consecutive UK number one albums he has had.
  • 62 – The number of hit singles Rod has had, including 31 that reached the Top 10, and six which hit the #1 spot.
  • 18,000  The number of people expected at today's concert.
  • 1962 – The date Rod Stewart's career is said to have begun, when he took up playing the harmonica.
  • 59 – The place Rolling Stone magazine awarded Rod in its 100 Greatest Singers of all time.
  • 3 – The number of times Rod's been hitched.
  • 16/06/2007 – The date Rod and his third wife Penny Lancaster (pictured) got married in the cloistered medieval monastery La Cervara in Portofino.
  • 8 – The number of children Rod is father to.
  • 7 – The number of bands Rod Stewart has been a member of in his life: Jimmy Powell and the Five Dimensions, The Hoochie Coochie Men, Steampacket, Soul Agents, Shotgun Express, The Jeff Beck Group, and the Faces.
  • 3,500,000 – The attendance at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro in 1994, listed as one of the largest concert attendances of all time. SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA.

3:36pm

3:35pm

ROD should open the concert tonight with a Wurzels' track! a few of you have suggested on social media.

@GazetteDaisyB just put this to Wurzel TOMMY BANNER, who lives in Taunton, to see what he'd make of rock legend Rod doing just that.

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"What a great idea! It'd be absolutely magic, that would be, not half.

"I've seen him at Cardiff Castle - my wife is Welsh and she still has a lot of family over there - and he did a brilliant show.

"If it were me, Handbags & Gladrags is my Rod Stewart choice.

"In our song, 'Rock Around the A38', it opens with the line, 'Way down Taunton on the A38', and it's got a rock feel to it, completely different years and years ago - that would be a great one for him to open with."

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1:44pm

SOUND CHECK!

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AND some DON'TS:

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  • DON'T bring umbrellas into the arena.
  • DON'T smoke in the arena.
  • DON'T bring food and drink into the arena.
  • DON'T leave valuables on display. 

1:41pm

WITH concert gates opening at 4pm, here are some 'Dos and Donts' for those of you heading, ticket in hand, to Somerset County Ground...

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DO: 

  • Keep your ticket with you at all times.
  • Arrive in good time before the start of the concert.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to take advantage of the toilet facilities.
  • Check the weather forecast, and bring suitable clothing.
  • Be sure to bin your rubbish.
  • Avoid unlicensed traders.
  • Be considerate of others while moving around the concert.
  • Think of local residents when entering the County Ground.
  • Keep up-to-date with the Somerset County Gazette site for traffic and travel updates.

1:22pm

UBER-LUCKY Somerset County Gazette competition winners, Susan and David Ridge from Watchet, are going to be in the FRONT ROW for the Rod Stewart concert for St Margaret's Hospice tonight.

Susan, who works for Somerset County Council, told the Gazette:

"It's obviously lovely having front row tickets - because of my age I know him from the seventies; his start era, really.

"He's gone with the times, and I just find him really good at what he does.

"My favourite song is 'The First Cut is the Deepest', which is lovely, and Maggie May. I like all the old ones really."

WHICH song do you think Rod will open his open-air concert with tonight? Tweet @GazetteDaisyB

12:42pm

ROAD closures have now begun in and around Somerset County Ground in anticipation of Rod and 18,000 concert goers.

Don't get caught -- click here for the large version of Somerset County Council's colour-coded map, below.

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12:13pm

FOR Taunton worker Denise Wiltshire, a director's secretary at Viridor on Priory Bridge Road, tonight is all about the nostalgia, and she's going with a group of friends.

"It's such a big thing for Taunton, I remember him from when I was 17.

"A long time ago I was buying all his vinyl, which sadly I had to get rid of when I moved house.

"I think it brings back memories for a lot of people.

"Maggie May is the big one for me."

Denise, this one's for you!

11:59am

SOME key Rod information below if you're headed to the concert at Somerset County Cricket Ground tonight (thanks for tweeting @ZestPayroll)...

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  • Gates open at 4pm at Somerset County Ground in Taunton.
  • Refreshments will be available on site.
  • Toilets will be in reach of the arena and stands.
  • All bags will be checked on entry to the arena and the stands for containers, cans, or any other objects "deemed dangerous to the public".
  • TICKETS: You can proceed to the ticket scanners if you have a ticket. Tickets are vouchers are individually bar-coded. And there are no "pass-outs" - once you're in the Ground, you're in!
  • First Aid: Points will be clearly flagged and dotted around the arena.
  • No umbrellas are allowed inside the arena.
  • The Box Office is open from 1pm on the Priory Bridge Road gate entrance.
  • Small hand-held cameras and recording equipment are permitted, but professional cameras, visual and audio equipment, isn't.
  • Got a Disabled Viewing Platform ticket? Enter via the Priory Bridge Road gate entrance.
  • Paid-for car parking is available at Victoria Park, with other car parks still open around Taunton.
  • Park & Ride is operating from Silk Mills and Taunton Gateway.

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10:30am

OUR forecast is reading 0% chance of rain...

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10:10am

IT seems @SomersetCCC have been receiving a few funny calls re: Rod...

 

9:59am

PAUL Bryant will be stewarding the car park at Victoria Park in Taunton to help things run as smoothly as possible for Rod Stewart's appearance tonight.

He said: "I like Rod's music - it'll be great for Taunton and I love Maggie May."

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THE County Ground gates will open at 4pm today with the concert expected to start at 6pm, and end no later than 10.30pm.

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PHOTO: New Somerset County Gazette Photographer Aisling Magill.

9:08am

MOTORISTS: plan your route carefully before setting out today:

9:05am

SEEING Rod Stewart at the County Ground tonight? Tweet @GazetteDaisyB #RodStewartTaunton or email newsquestsomerset@gmail.com

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9:01am

EXTRA park and ride buses are running today in anticipation of heavy traffic around Rod's appearance.

A council spokesman said: "With thousands of music fans set to attend, there is likely to be a significant increase in the number of vehicles on the road and several roads will be closed to allow the event to take place safely.

"This has been agreed by the event organisers, the police and the county council.

"To encourage concert-goers to leave their cars behind, arrangements have been made to run extra park-and-ride bus services from both Taunton Gateway and Silk Mills sites.

"Road closures will affect Priory Bridge Road, Priory Avenue and other streets near the cricket ground from midday to midnight, while Bridge Street and North Street will be closed between 9pm to midnight."

8:20am

ROAD closures will begin from noon today in the vicinity of Somerset County Cricket Ground. 

Click here for the colour-coded map of affected roads from Somerset County Council.

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8:05am

BRITISH rock legend Rod Stewart steps onto the stage at Somerset County Cricket Ground today for his hotly-awaited concert in aid of Taunton-based charity St Margaret’s Hospice.

Thousands of Rod fans – 18,000 to be exact – will flock to the county town, with general tickets long sold out.

Rod’s visit is the third large scale concert to have been staged by the County Ground in recent years, following the coup of Sir Elton John’s two Taunton performances.

The concert is hoped to raise a significant sum for St Margaret’s Hospice, which has organised the concert, and depends on £10 million a year in fundraising for its service.

Anne Lee, St Margaret’s clinical director, said: “Staff have been working behind the scenes on this for two years.

“What’s more, we’re the only adult hospice in the country who have done something on this scale – arrange a rock concert to raise money.” 

The County Ground gates will open at 4pm, with the concert expected to start at 6pm and end no later than 10.30pm.

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9:37am Wed 18 Jun 14

Somerset_BTGOG says...

Where are all the cars meant to go with Priory Bridge road closed from 12pm?
Where are all the cars meant to go with Priory Bridge road closed from 12pm? Somerset_BTGOG
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1:46pm Wed 18 Jun 14

CosApp says...

Somerset_BTGOG wrote:
Where are all the cars meant to go with Priory Bridge road closed from 12pm?
Likely reply from TDBC Traffic Planners - 'Who Cares'. They've allowed Wessex Water to over-run on the water works and the relief road roundabout which is being worked on by Captain Slow and his dawdling crew so why should another dozen road closures matter? 'Better still, they close them from lunchtime and bring the town to a complete standstill. I am surprised they ever put in J25 because who in their right mind would want to invest in Taunton. Why couldn't they make all concert goers travelling by car park on the Firepool fiasco wasteland by Viridor?
[quote][p][bold]Somerset_BTGOG[/bold] wrote: Where are all the cars meant to go with Priory Bridge road closed from 12pm?[/p][/quote]Likely reply from TDBC Traffic Planners - 'Who Cares'. They've allowed Wessex Water to over-run on the water works and the relief road roundabout which is being worked on by Captain Slow and his dawdling crew so why should another dozen road closures matter? 'Better still, they close them from lunchtime and bring the town to a complete standstill. I am surprised they ever put in J25 because who in their right mind would want to invest in Taunton. Why couldn't they make all concert goers travelling by car park on the Firepool fiasco wasteland by Viridor? CosApp
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3:51pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Gizmo17 says...

For your information clever clogs, the local authority have no powers to stop statutory undertakers (i.e. Wessex Water) from working on the highway in fact Wessex Water can dig up wherever and whenever they want and only have to retrospectively inform the authority of such works. Secondly when these works were planned and agreed there was never an intention for Lord Rod and his travelling circus to arrive here for a concert. Thirdly the works on Wessex Water are not overrunning they are in fact ahead of schedule (check the county council website to check on dates before you start spurting on about overruns). Next the works on the Third way were delayed by Central Governments intervention and then they demanded that the works had to be complete by next spring or monies would be withdrawn. With the amount of work that is required to be carried out for this scheme including the building of three new bridges they are trying their best to minimise disruption for this very much needed relief road. A road that if it was in now (as the local authority had planned before central government intervention) this would certainly help with the 'Traffic Chaos' you refer to. These roads need to be built and do cause disruption, they don't magically appear overnight you know! and when built it will certainly ease the congestion in the town centre. Lastly, it would be best to ask the Police why the roads have been shut at that time as they would ultimately make this decision which the local authority would have to abide by.
I hope this has answered your gripes Mr Meldrew!
For your information clever clogs, the local authority have no powers to stop statutory undertakers (i.e. Wessex Water) from working on the highway in fact Wessex Water can dig up wherever and whenever they want and only have to retrospectively inform the authority of such works. Secondly when these works were planned and agreed there was never an intention for Lord Rod and his travelling circus to arrive here for a concert. Thirdly the works on Wessex Water are not overrunning they are in fact ahead of schedule (check the county council website to check on dates before you start spurting on about overruns). Next the works on the Third way were delayed by Central Governments intervention and then they demanded that the works had to be complete by next spring or monies would be withdrawn. With the amount of work that is required to be carried out for this scheme including the building of three new bridges they are trying their best to minimise disruption for this very much needed relief road. A road that if it was in now (as the local authority had planned before central government intervention) this would certainly help with the 'Traffic Chaos' you refer to. These roads need to be built and do cause disruption, they don't magically appear overnight you know! and when built it will certainly ease the congestion in the town centre. Lastly, it would be best to ask the Police why the roads have been shut at that time as they would ultimately make this decision which the local authority would have to abide by. I hope this has answered your gripes Mr Meldrew! Gizmo17
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4:39pm Wed 18 Jun 14

CosApp says...

Gizmo17 wrote:
For your information clever clogs, the local authority have no powers to stop statutory undertakers (i.e. Wessex Water) from working on the highway in fact Wessex Water can dig up wherever and whenever they want and only have to retrospectively inform the authority of such works. Secondly when these works were planned and agreed there was never an intention for Lord Rod and his travelling circus to arrive here for a concert. Thirdly the works on Wessex Water are not overrunning they are in fact ahead of schedule (check the county council website to check on dates before you start spurting on about overruns). Next the works on the Third way were delayed by Central Governments intervention and then they demanded that the works had to be complete by next spring or monies would be withdrawn. With the amount of work that is required to be carried out for this scheme including the building of three new bridges they are trying their best to minimise disruption for this very much needed relief road. A road that if it was in now (as the local authority had planned before central government intervention) this would certainly help with the 'Traffic Chaos' you refer to. These roads need to be built and do cause disruption, they don't magically appear overnight you know! and when built it will certainly ease the congestion in the town centre. Lastly, it would be best to ask the Police why the roads have been shut at that time as they would ultimately make this decision which the local authority would have to abide by.
I hope this has answered your gripes Mr Meldrew!
........ and for your information 'even more clever clogs than I am', until recently I regularly checked the Wessex Water Taunton road closures website before I 'spurted on about overruns' AND at that time they STATED on their map that the stretch between Cann Street and The Crescent would be one-way until 6th June. Well 12 days later it is still one-way. Hide the map, hide the overrun - good idea. Just one question Gizmo, are you a mere God or are you higher than that and work in local council?
[quote][p][bold]Gizmo17[/bold] wrote: For your information clever clogs, the local authority have no powers to stop statutory undertakers (i.e. Wessex Water) from working on the highway in fact Wessex Water can dig up wherever and whenever they want and only have to retrospectively inform the authority of such works. Secondly when these works were planned and agreed there was never an intention for Lord Rod and his travelling circus to arrive here for a concert. Thirdly the works on Wessex Water are not overrunning they are in fact ahead of schedule (check the county council website to check on dates before you start spurting on about overruns). Next the works on the Third way were delayed by Central Governments intervention and then they demanded that the works had to be complete by next spring or monies would be withdrawn. With the amount of work that is required to be carried out for this scheme including the building of three new bridges they are trying their best to minimise disruption for this very much needed relief road. A road that if it was in now (as the local authority had planned before central government intervention) this would certainly help with the 'Traffic Chaos' you refer to. These roads need to be built and do cause disruption, they don't magically appear overnight you know! and when built it will certainly ease the congestion in the town centre. Lastly, it would be best to ask the Police why the roads have been shut at that time as they would ultimately make this decision which the local authority would have to abide by. I hope this has answered your gripes Mr Meldrew![/p][/quote]........ and for your information 'even more clever clogs than I am', until recently I regularly checked the Wessex Water Taunton road closures website before I 'spurted on about overruns' AND at that time they STATED on their map that the stretch between Cann Street and The Crescent would be one-way until 6th June. Well 12 days later it is still one-way. Hide the map, hide the overrun - good idea. Just one question Gizmo, are you a mere God or are you higher than that and work in local council? CosApp
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4:48pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Wellyboy says...

With regards to The Famous "Rod's" How about the kids TV entertainer simply known as "Rod" from "Rod, Jane and Freddy" aka entertainers who appeared on Rainbow.
With regards to The Famous "Rod's" How about the kids TV entertainer simply known as "Rod" from "Rod, Jane and Freddy" aka entertainers who appeared on Rainbow. Wellyboy
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6:55pm Wed 18 Jun 14

feeby12007 says...

Black Rod - hope our Rod tonight doesn't get a door slammed in his face :(
Black Rod - hope our Rod tonight doesn't get a door slammed in his face :( feeby12007
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7:35pm Wed 18 Jun 14

somersetvoyager says...

The world's gone mad.
The world's gone mad. somersetvoyager
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8:46pm Wed 18 Jun 14

RightToAnOpinion says...

Gizmo17 wrote:
For your information clever clogs, the local authority have no powers to stop statutory undertakers (i.e. Wessex Water) from working on the highway in fact Wessex Water can dig up wherever and whenever they want and only have to retrospectively inform the authority of such works. Secondly when these works were planned and agreed there was never an intention for Lord Rod and his travelling circus to arrive here for a concert. Thirdly the works on Wessex Water are not overrunning they are in fact ahead of schedule (check the county council website to check on dates before you start spurting on about overruns). Next the works on the Third way were delayed by Central Governments intervention and then they demanded that the works had to be complete by next spring or monies would be withdrawn. With the amount of work that is required to be carried out for this scheme including the building of three new bridges they are trying their best to minimise disruption for this very much needed relief road. A road that if it was in now (as the local authority had planned before central government intervention) this would certainly help with the 'Traffic Chaos' you refer to. These roads need to be built and do cause disruption, they don't magically appear overnight you know! and when built it will certainly ease the congestion in the town centre. Lastly, it would be best to ask the Police why the roads have been shut at that time as they would ultimately make this decision which the local authority would have to abide by.
I hope this has answered your gripes Mr Meldrew!
By the looks of your comments and the way you are ranting on you must work for SCC and as such you should be telling us who you are so we can all aim our rightly barbed opinions at someone. Perhaps as you seem to know so much you could use some of that knowledge to schedule things a little better or get your backside down to Priory Bridge Rd and put that ranting to good use by getting the lazy oafs down there to work faster.
[quote][p][bold]Gizmo17[/bold] wrote: For your information clever clogs, the local authority have no powers to stop statutory undertakers (i.e. Wessex Water) from working on the highway in fact Wessex Water can dig up wherever and whenever they want and only have to retrospectively inform the authority of such works. Secondly when these works were planned and agreed there was never an intention for Lord Rod and his travelling circus to arrive here for a concert. Thirdly the works on Wessex Water are not overrunning they are in fact ahead of schedule (check the county council website to check on dates before you start spurting on about overruns). Next the works on the Third way were delayed by Central Governments intervention and then they demanded that the works had to be complete by next spring or monies would be withdrawn. With the amount of work that is required to be carried out for this scheme including the building of three new bridges they are trying their best to minimise disruption for this very much needed relief road. A road that if it was in now (as the local authority had planned before central government intervention) this would certainly help with the 'Traffic Chaos' you refer to. These roads need to be built and do cause disruption, they don't magically appear overnight you know! and when built it will certainly ease the congestion in the town centre. Lastly, it would be best to ask the Police why the roads have been shut at that time as they would ultimately make this decision which the local authority would have to abide by. I hope this has answered your gripes Mr Meldrew![/p][/quote]By the looks of your comments and the way you are ranting on you must work for SCC and as such you should be telling us who you are so we can all aim our rightly barbed opinions at someone. Perhaps as you seem to know so much you could use some of that knowledge to schedule things a little better or get your backside down to Priory Bridge Rd and put that ranting to good use by getting the lazy oafs down there to work faster. RightToAnOpinion
  • Score: -4

9:44pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Dr Dave says...

Very well said Gizmo!
Very well said Gizmo! Dr Dave
  • Score: -3

9:48pm Wed 18 Jun 14

TauntonBloke29 says...

Well done Rod! Given your money to Children's Hospice..he can do no wrong with this. My business is in the middle of all this and so what if I lose trade for the day if this brilliant charity benefits from it. Taunton feels alive for once in its sorry life. This is what road closures should be for; short, sweet and full of fun! Bring on the next show!
Well done Rod! Given your money to Children's Hospice..he can do no wrong with this. My business is in the middle of all this and so what if I lose trade for the day if this brilliant charity benefits from it. Taunton feels alive for once in its sorry life. This is what road closures should be for; short, sweet and full of fun! Bring on the next show! TauntonBloke29
  • Score: 22

10:10pm Wed 18 Jun 14

heather147 says...

It must be very loud in the streets around the cricket ground. We can hear it very clearly here in Sherford.
It must be very loud in the streets around the cricket ground. We can hear it very clearly here in Sherford. heather147
  • Score: 0

10:13pm Wed 18 Jun 14

heather147 says...

CosApp wrote:
Gizmo17 wrote:
For your information clever clogs, the local authority have no powers to stop statutory undertakers (i.e. Wessex Water) from working on the highway in fact Wessex Water can dig up wherever and whenever they want and only have to retrospectively inform the authority of such works. Secondly when these works were planned and agreed there was never an intention for Lord Rod and his travelling circus to arrive here for a concert. Thirdly the works on Wessex Water are not overrunning they are in fact ahead of schedule (check the county council website to check on dates before you start spurting on about overruns). Next the works on the Third way were delayed by Central Governments intervention and then they demanded that the works had to be complete by next spring or monies would be withdrawn. With the amount of work that is required to be carried out for this scheme including the building of three new bridges they are trying their best to minimise disruption for this very much needed relief road. A road that if it was in now (as the local authority had planned before central government intervention) this would certainly help with the 'Traffic Chaos' you refer to. These roads need to be built and do cause disruption, they don't magically appear overnight you know! and when built it will certainly ease the congestion in the town centre. Lastly, it would be best to ask the Police why the roads have been shut at that time as they would ultimately make this decision which the local authority would have to abide by.
I hope this has answered your gripes Mr Meldrew!
........ and for your information 'even more clever clogs than I am', until recently I regularly checked the Wessex Water Taunton road closures website before I 'spurted on about overruns' AND at that time they STATED on their map that the stretch between Cann Street and The Crescent would be one-way until 6th June. Well 12 days later it is still one-way. Hide the map, hide the overrun - good idea. Just one question Gizmo, are you a mere God or are you higher than that and work in local council?
There is a sign at the top of Paul Street stating "The A38 eastbound will be closed from 02/06/2014 for 8 weeks". It is still closed eastbound all the way from Cann Street. This means that the work will not be completed until early August at the earliest. Why they need to take 8 weeks to do such a short stretch of road is beyond me, but that's Wessex Water for you.
[quote][p][bold]CosApp[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gizmo17[/bold] wrote: For your information clever clogs, the local authority have no powers to stop statutory undertakers (i.e. Wessex Water) from working on the highway in fact Wessex Water can dig up wherever and whenever they want and only have to retrospectively inform the authority of such works. Secondly when these works were planned and agreed there was never an intention for Lord Rod and his travelling circus to arrive here for a concert. Thirdly the works on Wessex Water are not overrunning they are in fact ahead of schedule (check the county council website to check on dates before you start spurting on about overruns). Next the works on the Third way were delayed by Central Governments intervention and then they demanded that the works had to be complete by next spring or monies would be withdrawn. With the amount of work that is required to be carried out for this scheme including the building of three new bridges they are trying their best to minimise disruption for this very much needed relief road. A road that if it was in now (as the local authority had planned before central government intervention) this would certainly help with the 'Traffic Chaos' you refer to. These roads need to be built and do cause disruption, they don't magically appear overnight you know! and when built it will certainly ease the congestion in the town centre. Lastly, it would be best to ask the Police why the roads have been shut at that time as they would ultimately make this decision which the local authority would have to abide by. I hope this has answered your gripes Mr Meldrew![/p][/quote]........ and for your information 'even more clever clogs than I am', until recently I regularly checked the Wessex Water Taunton road closures website before I 'spurted on about overruns' AND at that time they STATED on their map that the stretch between Cann Street and The Crescent would be one-way until 6th June. Well 12 days later it is still one-way. Hide the map, hide the overrun - good idea. Just one question Gizmo, are you a mere God or are you higher than that and work in local council?[/p][/quote]There is a sign at the top of Paul Street stating "The A38 eastbound will be closed from 02/06/2014 for 8 weeks". It is still closed eastbound all the way from Cann Street. This means that the work will not be completed until early August at the earliest. Why they need to take 8 weeks to do such a short stretch of road is beyond me, but that's Wessex Water for you. heather147
  • Score: 0

9:52am Thu 19 Jun 14

TigerTigerBurningBright says...

The gig was brilliant - a master showman delivering a well paced set. He wasn't as spritely as when I saw him in 1978 :)

We went by train - shame there weren't later trains laid on to popular places, as we had to catch the fireworks and last two numbers from the platform at the station.
The gig was brilliant - a master showman delivering a well paced set. He wasn't as spritely as when I saw him in 1978 :) We went by train - shame there weren't later trains laid on to popular places, as we had to catch the fireworks and last two numbers from the platform at the station. TigerTigerBurningBright
  • Score: 1

10:51am Thu 19 Jun 14

Gizmo17 says...

heather147 wrote:
CosApp wrote:
Gizmo17 wrote:
For your information clever clogs, the local authority have no powers to stop statutory undertakers (i.e. Wessex Water) from working on the highway in fact Wessex Water can dig up wherever and whenever they want and only have to retrospectively inform the authority of such works. Secondly when these works were planned and agreed there was never an intention for Lord Rod and his travelling circus to arrive here for a concert. Thirdly the works on Wessex Water are not overrunning they are in fact ahead of schedule (check the county council website to check on dates before you start spurting on about overruns). Next the works on the Third way were delayed by Central Governments intervention and then they demanded that the works had to be complete by next spring or monies would be withdrawn. With the amount of work that is required to be carried out for this scheme including the building of three new bridges they are trying their best to minimise disruption for this very much needed relief road. A road that if it was in now (as the local authority had planned before central government intervention) this would certainly help with the 'Traffic Chaos' you refer to. These roads need to be built and do cause disruption, they don't magically appear overnight you know! and when built it will certainly ease the congestion in the town centre. Lastly, it would be best to ask the Police why the roads have been shut at that time as they would ultimately make this decision which the local authority would have to abide by.
I hope this has answered your gripes Mr Meldrew!
........ and for your information 'even more clever clogs than I am', until recently I regularly checked the Wessex Water Taunton road closures website before I 'spurted on about overruns' AND at that time they STATED on their map that the stretch between Cann Street and The Crescent would be one-way until 6th June. Well 12 days later it is still one-way. Hide the map, hide the overrun - good idea. Just one question Gizmo, are you a mere God or are you higher than that and work in local council?
There is a sign at the top of Paul Street stating "The A38 eastbound will be closed from 02/06/2014 for 8 weeks". It is still closed eastbound all the way from Cann Street. This means that the work will not be completed until early August at the earliest. Why they need to take 8 weeks to do such a short stretch of road is beyond me, but that's Wessex Water for you.
Well please click the following link to find out the true details regarding Wessex Works: -

http://www1.somerset
.gov.uk/roads/works.
asp?Town=Taunton&Typ
e=%25&Contractor=%25
&Search=Search

I check these details regularly as part of my commute around the south west area and the dates stated of completion by July 29th under the Wessex Water sections have never been changed.

maybe you need to go to the correct website next time or maybe just Specsavers

Oh and by the way I am a legal highways consultant, which is none of your business anyway.

I suspect you wont tell us your job at all!

Goodbye and please take care driving as it is tough out there.
[quote][p][bold]heather147[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CosApp[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gizmo17[/bold] wrote: For your information clever clogs, the local authority have no powers to stop statutory undertakers (i.e. Wessex Water) from working on the highway in fact Wessex Water can dig up wherever and whenever they want and only have to retrospectively inform the authority of such works. Secondly when these works were planned and agreed there was never an intention for Lord Rod and his travelling circus to arrive here for a concert. Thirdly the works on Wessex Water are not overrunning they are in fact ahead of schedule (check the county council website to check on dates before you start spurting on about overruns). Next the works on the Third way were delayed by Central Governments intervention and then they demanded that the works had to be complete by next spring or monies would be withdrawn. With the amount of work that is required to be carried out for this scheme including the building of three new bridges they are trying their best to minimise disruption for this very much needed relief road. A road that if it was in now (as the local authority had planned before central government intervention) this would certainly help with the 'Traffic Chaos' you refer to. These roads need to be built and do cause disruption, they don't magically appear overnight you know! and when built it will certainly ease the congestion in the town centre. Lastly, it would be best to ask the Police why the roads have been shut at that time as they would ultimately make this decision which the local authority would have to abide by. I hope this has answered your gripes Mr Meldrew![/p][/quote]........ and for your information 'even more clever clogs than I am', until recently I regularly checked the Wessex Water Taunton road closures website before I 'spurted on about overruns' AND at that time they STATED on their map that the stretch between Cann Street and The Crescent would be one-way until 6th June. Well 12 days later it is still one-way. Hide the map, hide the overrun - good idea. Just one question Gizmo, are you a mere God or are you higher than that and work in local council?[/p][/quote]There is a sign at the top of Paul Street stating "The A38 eastbound will be closed from 02/06/2014 for 8 weeks". It is still closed eastbound all the way from Cann Street. This means that the work will not be completed until early August at the earliest. Why they need to take 8 weeks to do such a short stretch of road is beyond me, but that's Wessex Water for you.[/p][/quote]Well please click the following link to find out the true details regarding Wessex Works: - http://www1.somerset .gov.uk/roads/works. asp?Town=Taunton&Typ e=%25&Contractor=%25 &Search=Search I check these details regularly as part of my commute around the south west area and the dates stated of completion by July 29th under the Wessex Water sections have never been changed. maybe you need to go to the correct website next time or maybe just Specsavers Oh and by the way I am a legal highways consultant, which is none of your business anyway. I suspect you wont tell us your job at all! Goodbye and please take care driving as it is tough out there. Gizmo17
  • Score: 3

12:18pm Thu 19 Jun 14

heather147 says...

Gizmo17 wrote:
heather147 wrote:
CosApp wrote:
Gizmo17 wrote:
For your information clever clogs, the local authority have no powers to stop statutory undertakers (i.e. Wessex Water) from working on the highway in fact Wessex Water can dig up wherever and whenever they want and only have to retrospectively inform the authority of such works. Secondly when these works were planned and agreed there was never an intention for Lord Rod and his travelling circus to arrive here for a concert. Thirdly the works on Wessex Water are not overrunning they are in fact ahead of schedule (check the county council website to check on dates before you start spurting on about overruns). Next the works on the Third way were delayed by Central Governments intervention and then they demanded that the works had to be complete by next spring or monies would be withdrawn. With the amount of work that is required to be carried out for this scheme including the building of three new bridges they are trying their best to minimise disruption for this very much needed relief road. A road that if it was in now (as the local authority had planned before central government intervention) this would certainly help with the 'Traffic Chaos' you refer to. These roads need to be built and do cause disruption, they don't magically appear overnight you know! and when built it will certainly ease the congestion in the town centre. Lastly, it would be best to ask the Police why the roads have been shut at that time as they would ultimately make this decision which the local authority would have to abide by.
I hope this has answered your gripes Mr Meldrew!........ and for your information 'even more clever clogs than I am', until recently I regularly checked the Wessex Water Taunton road closures website before I 'spurted on about overruns' AND at that time they STATED on their map that the stretch between Cann Street and The Crescent would be one-way until 6th June. Well 12 days later it is still one-way. Hide the map, hide the overrun - good idea. Just one question Gizmo, are you a mere God or are you higher than that and work in local council?There is a sign at the top of Paul Street stating "The A38 eastbound will be closed from 02/06/2014 for 8 weeksFor your information, I did not go to a website, I wrote the information as stated on a board at the top of Paul Street, just up from the library. "The A38 eastbound will be closed from 02/06/2014 for 8 weeks". Okay this could end on 29th July - when the peak holiday season will be in full swing. The town was gridlocked this morning at 9.30 am so it won't get any better. For your information I am retired and live in Taunton and visit the town centre regularly - on foot as I do not live very far from the town centre.
[quote][p][bold]Gizmo17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]heather147[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CosApp[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gizmo17[/bold] wrote: For your information clever clogs, the local authority have no powers to stop statutory undertakers (i.e. Wessex Water) from working on the highway in fact Wessex Water can dig up wherever and whenever they want and only have to retrospectively inform the authority of such works. Secondly when these works were planned and agreed there was never an intention for Lord Rod and his travelling circus to arrive here for a concert. Thirdly the works on Wessex Water are not overrunning they are in fact ahead of schedule (check the county council website to check on dates before you start spurting on about overruns). Next the works on the Third way were delayed by Central Governments intervention and then they demanded that the works had to be complete by next spring or monies would be withdrawn. With the amount of work that is required to be carried out for this scheme including the building of three new bridges they are trying their best to minimise disruption for this very much needed relief road. A road that if it was in now (as the local authority had planned before central government intervention) this would certainly help with the 'Traffic Chaos' you refer to. These roads need to be built and do cause disruption, they don't magically appear overnight you know! and when built it will certainly ease the congestion in the town centre. Lastly, it would be best to ask the Police why the roads have been shut at that time as they would ultimately make this decision which the local authority would have to abide by. I hope this has answered your gripes Mr Meldrew![/p][/quote]........ and for your information 'even more clever clogs than I am', until recently I regularly checked the Wessex Water Taunton road closures website before I 'spurted on about overruns' AND at that time they STATED on their map that the stretch between Cann Street and The Crescent would be one-way until 6th June. Well 12 days later it is still one-way. Hide the map, hide the overrun - good idea. Just one question Gizmo, are you a mere God or are you higher than that and work in local council?[/p][/quote]There is a sign at the top of Paul Street stating "The A38 eastbound will be closed from 02/06/2014 for 8 weeksFor your information, I did not go to a website, I wrote the information as stated on a board at the top of Paul Street, just up from the library. "The A38 eastbound will be closed from 02/06/2014 for 8 weeks". Okay this could end on 29th July - when the peak holiday season will be in full swing. The town was gridlocked this morning at 9.30 am so it won't get any better. For your information I am retired and live in Taunton and visit the town centre regularly - on foot as I do not live very far from the town centre. heather147
  • Score: -3

12:22pm Thu 19 Jun 14

heather147 says...

For your information, I did not go to a website, I wrote the information as stated on a board at the top of Paul Street, just up from the library. "The A38 eastbound will be closed from 02/06/2014 for 8 weeks". Okay this could end on 29th July - when the peak holiday season will be in full swing. The town was gridlocked this morning at 9.30 am so it won't get any better. For your information I am retired and live in Taunton and visit the town centre regularly - on foot as I do not live very far from the town centre.
For your information, I did not go to a website, I wrote the information as stated on a board at the top of Paul Street, just up from the library. "The A38 eastbound will be closed from 02/06/2014 for 8 weeks". Okay this could end on 29th July - when the peak holiday season will be in full swing. The town was gridlocked this morning at 9.30 am so it won't get any better. For your information I am retired and live in Taunton and visit the town centre regularly - on foot as I do not live very far from the town centre. heather147
  • Score: 0

12:28pm Thu 19 Jun 14

RightToAnOpinion says...

Gizmo17 wrote:
heather147 wrote:
CosApp wrote:
Gizmo17 wrote:
For your information clever clogs, the local authority have no powers to stop statutory undertakers (i.e. Wessex Water) from working on the highway in fact Wessex Water can dig up wherever and whenever they want and only have to retrospectively inform the authority of such works. Secondly when these works were planned and agreed there was never an intention for Lord Rod and his travelling circus to arrive here for a concert. Thirdly the works on Wessex Water are not overrunning they are in fact ahead of schedule (check the county council website to check on dates before you start spurting on about overruns). Next the works on the Third way were delayed by Central Governments intervention and then they demanded that the works had to be complete by next spring or monies would be withdrawn. With the amount of work that is required to be carried out for this scheme including the building of three new bridges they are trying their best to minimise disruption for this very much needed relief road. A road that if it was in now (as the local authority had planned before central government intervention) this would certainly help with the 'Traffic Chaos' you refer to. These roads need to be built and do cause disruption, they don't magically appear overnight you know! and when built it will certainly ease the congestion in the town centre. Lastly, it would be best to ask the Police why the roads have been shut at that time as they would ultimately make this decision which the local authority would have to abide by.
I hope this has answered your gripes Mr Meldrew!
........ and for your information 'even more clever clogs than I am', until recently I regularly checked the Wessex Water Taunton road closures website before I 'spurted on about overruns' AND at that time they STATED on their map that the stretch between Cann Street and The Crescent would be one-way until 6th June. Well 12 days later it is still one-way. Hide the map, hide the overrun - good idea. Just one question Gizmo, are you a mere God or are you higher than that and work in local council?
There is a sign at the top of Paul Street stating "The A38 eastbound will be closed from 02/06/2014 for 8 weeks". It is still closed eastbound all the way from Cann Street. This means that the work will not be completed until early August at the earliest. Why they need to take 8 weeks to do such a short stretch of road is beyond me, but that's Wessex Water for you.
Well please click the following link to find out the true details regarding Wessex Works: -

http://www1.somerset

.gov.uk/roads/works.

asp?Town=Taunton&amp
;Typ
e=%25&Contractor
=%25
&Search=Search

I check these details regularly as part of my commute around the south west area and the dates stated of completion by July 29th under the Wessex Water sections have never been changed.

maybe you need to go to the correct website next time or maybe just Specsavers

Oh and by the way I am a legal highways consultant, which is none of your business anyway.

I suspect you wont tell us your job at all!

Goodbye and please take care driving as it is tough out there.
You say you are employed as a Legal Highway Consultant, well I for one wouldn't.t employ you as your condescending attitude stinks but that's probably a requirement for the position and could be a major reason the roads are in such a mess. Well done you imbecile.
[quote][p][bold]Gizmo17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]heather147[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CosApp[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gizmo17[/bold] wrote: For your information clever clogs, the local authority have no powers to stop statutory undertakers (i.e. Wessex Water) from working on the highway in fact Wessex Water can dig up wherever and whenever they want and only have to retrospectively inform the authority of such works. Secondly when these works were planned and agreed there was never an intention for Lord Rod and his travelling circus to arrive here for a concert. Thirdly the works on Wessex Water are not overrunning they are in fact ahead of schedule (check the county council website to check on dates before you start spurting on about overruns). Next the works on the Third way were delayed by Central Governments intervention and then they demanded that the works had to be complete by next spring or monies would be withdrawn. With the amount of work that is required to be carried out for this scheme including the building of three new bridges they are trying their best to minimise disruption for this very much needed relief road. A road that if it was in now (as the local authority had planned before central government intervention) this would certainly help with the 'Traffic Chaos' you refer to. These roads need to be built and do cause disruption, they don't magically appear overnight you know! and when built it will certainly ease the congestion in the town centre. Lastly, it would be best to ask the Police why the roads have been shut at that time as they would ultimately make this decision which the local authority would have to abide by. I hope this has answered your gripes Mr Meldrew![/p][/quote]........ and for your information 'even more clever clogs than I am', until recently I regularly checked the Wessex Water Taunton road closures website before I 'spurted on about overruns' AND at that time they STATED on their map that the stretch between Cann Street and The Crescent would be one-way until 6th June. Well 12 days later it is still one-way. Hide the map, hide the overrun - good idea. Just one question Gizmo, are you a mere God or are you higher than that and work in local council?[/p][/quote]There is a sign at the top of Paul Street stating "The A38 eastbound will be closed from 02/06/2014 for 8 weeks". It is still closed eastbound all the way from Cann Street. This means that the work will not be completed until early August at the earliest. Why they need to take 8 weeks to do such a short stretch of road is beyond me, but that's Wessex Water for you.[/p][/quote]Well please click the following link to find out the true details regarding Wessex Works: - http://www1.somerset .gov.uk/roads/works. asp?Town=Taunton& ;Typ e=%25&Contractor =%25 &Search=Search I check these details regularly as part of my commute around the south west area and the dates stated of completion by July 29th under the Wessex Water sections have never been changed. maybe you need to go to the correct website next time or maybe just Specsavers Oh and by the way I am a legal highways consultant, which is none of your business anyway. I suspect you wont tell us your job at all! Goodbye and please take care driving as it is tough out there.[/p][/quote]You say you are employed as a Legal Highway Consultant, well I for one wouldn't.t employ you as your condescending attitude stinks but that's probably a requirement for the position and could be a major reason the roads are in such a mess. Well done you imbecile. RightToAnOpinion
  • Score: -5

12:31pm Thu 19 Jun 14

RosieSparkle says...

Really wish people would stop being so negative. This was a CHARITY event. It's one day in your life that you can't drive down a road. Stop using this story as an excuse to yap about roadworks from Wessex Water, it's nothing to do with it!

I wasn't at the gig but could hear it very clearly from my house by the train station - a 2 hour set and he sounded great from what I could hear. I hope everyone who went had a good night and well done for raising so much money for a good cause.
Really wish people would stop being so negative. This was a CHARITY event. It's one day in your life that you can't drive down a road. Stop using this story as an excuse to yap about roadworks from Wessex Water, it's nothing to do with it! I wasn't at the gig but could hear it very clearly from my house by the train station - a 2 hour set and he sounded great from what I could hear. I hope everyone who went had a good night and well done for raising so much money for a good cause. RosieSparkle
  • Score: 17

3:19pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Gizmo17 says...

RightToAnOpinion wrote:
Gizmo17 wrote:
heather147 wrote:
CosApp wrote:
Gizmo17 wrote:
For your information clever clogs, the local authority have no powers to stop statutory undertakers (i.e. Wessex Water) from working on the highway in fact Wessex Water can dig up wherever and whenever they want and only have to retrospectively inform the authority of such works. Secondly when these works were planned and agreed there was never an intention for Lord Rod and his travelling circus to arrive here for a concert. Thirdly the works on Wessex Water are not overrunning they are in fact ahead of schedule (check the county council website to check on dates before you start spurting on about overruns). Next the works on the Third way were delayed by Central Governments intervention and then they demanded that the works had to be complete by next spring or monies would be withdrawn. With the amount of work that is required to be carried out for this scheme including the building of three new bridges they are trying their best to minimise disruption for this very much needed relief road. A road that if it was in now (as the local authority had planned before central government intervention) this would certainly help with the 'Traffic Chaos' you refer to. These roads need to be built and do cause disruption, they don't magically appear overnight you know! and when built it will certainly ease the congestion in the town centre. Lastly, it would be best to ask the Police why the roads have been shut at that time as they would ultimately make this decision which the local authority would have to abide by.
I hope this has answered your gripes Mr Meldrew!
........ and for your information 'even more clever clogs than I am', until recently I regularly checked the Wessex Water Taunton road closures website before I 'spurted on about overruns' AND at that time they STATED on their map that the stretch between Cann Street and The Crescent would be one-way until 6th June. Well 12 days later it is still one-way. Hide the map, hide the overrun - good idea. Just one question Gizmo, are you a mere God or are you higher than that and work in local council?
There is a sign at the top of Paul Street stating "The A38 eastbound will be closed from 02/06/2014 for 8 weeks". It is still closed eastbound all the way from Cann Street. This means that the work will not be completed until early August at the earliest. Why they need to take 8 weeks to do such a short stretch of road is beyond me, but that's Wessex Water for you.
Well please click the following link to find out the true details regarding Wessex Works: -

http://www1.somerset


.gov.uk/roads/works.


asp?Town=Taunton&amp
;
;Typ
e=%25&Contractor

=%25
&Search=Search

I check these details regularly as part of my commute around the south west area and the dates stated of completion by July 29th under the Wessex Water sections have never been changed.

maybe you need to go to the correct website next time or maybe just Specsavers

Oh and by the way I am a legal highways consultant, which is none of your business anyway.

I suspect you wont tell us your job at all!

Goodbye and please take care driving as it is tough out there.
You say you are employed as a Legal Highway Consultant, well I for one wouldn't.t employ you as your condescending attitude stinks but that's probably a requirement for the position and could be a major reason the roads are in such a mess. Well done you imbecile.
Well to be honest and that is where i have to come from in the legal profession, if someone has a 'pop' at anyone for which I factually know is wrong I feel an obligation to point out their errors and mistakes and try and assist them by informing them of FACTS. The original post was basically having a go at the local authorities, who I work with and against a lot of the time in courts. The person was completely and factually incorrect and rather than 'council' bashing which is something nationally done now (led mainly by central government) I felt a need to defend a financially underfunded 'minority' organisation. With regards to Wessex Water well I have no real feelings at all for them, but we all know how high the water rates are now and to my mind privatising an organisation that is as essential as water supply was at best ill conceived.
[quote][p][bold]RightToAnOpinion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gizmo17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]heather147[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CosApp[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gizmo17[/bold] wrote: For your information clever clogs, the local authority have no powers to stop statutory undertakers (i.e. Wessex Water) from working on the highway in fact Wessex Water can dig up wherever and whenever they want and only have to retrospectively inform the authority of such works. Secondly when these works were planned and agreed there was never an intention for Lord Rod and his travelling circus to arrive here for a concert. Thirdly the works on Wessex Water are not overrunning they are in fact ahead of schedule (check the county council website to check on dates before you start spurting on about overruns). Next the works on the Third way were delayed by Central Governments intervention and then they demanded that the works had to be complete by next spring or monies would be withdrawn. With the amount of work that is required to be carried out for this scheme including the building of three new bridges they are trying their best to minimise disruption for this very much needed relief road. A road that if it was in now (as the local authority had planned before central government intervention) this would certainly help with the 'Traffic Chaos' you refer to. These roads need to be built and do cause disruption, they don't magically appear overnight you know! and when built it will certainly ease the congestion in the town centre. Lastly, it would be best to ask the Police why the roads have been shut at that time as they would ultimately make this decision which the local authority would have to abide by. I hope this has answered your gripes Mr Meldrew![/p][/quote]........ and for your information 'even more clever clogs than I am', until recently I regularly checked the Wessex Water Taunton road closures website before I 'spurted on about overruns' AND at that time they STATED on their map that the stretch between Cann Street and The Crescent would be one-way until 6th June. Well 12 days later it is still one-way. Hide the map, hide the overrun - good idea. Just one question Gizmo, are you a mere God or are you higher than that and work in local council?[/p][/quote]There is a sign at the top of Paul Street stating "The A38 eastbound will be closed from 02/06/2014 for 8 weeks". It is still closed eastbound all the way from Cann Street. This means that the work will not be completed until early August at the earliest. Why they need to take 8 weeks to do such a short stretch of road is beyond me, but that's Wessex Water for you.[/p][/quote]Well please click the following link to find out the true details regarding Wessex Works: - http://www1.somerset .gov.uk/roads/works. asp?Town=Taunton& ; ;Typ e=%25&Contractor =%25 &Search=Search I check these details regularly as part of my commute around the south west area and the dates stated of completion by July 29th under the Wessex Water sections have never been changed. maybe you need to go to the correct website next time or maybe just Specsavers Oh and by the way I am a legal highways consultant, which is none of your business anyway. I suspect you wont tell us your job at all! Goodbye and please take care driving as it is tough out there.[/p][/quote]You say you are employed as a Legal Highway Consultant, well I for one wouldn't.t employ you as your condescending attitude stinks but that's probably a requirement for the position and could be a major reason the roads are in such a mess. Well done you imbecile.[/p][/quote]Well to be honest and that is where i have to come from in the legal profession, if someone has a 'pop' at anyone for which I factually know is wrong I feel an obligation to point out their errors and mistakes and try and assist them by informing them of FACTS. The original post was basically having a go at the local authorities, who I work with and against a lot of the time in courts. The person was completely and factually incorrect and rather than 'council' bashing which is something nationally done now (led mainly by central government) I felt a need to defend a financially underfunded 'minority' organisation. With regards to Wessex Water well I have no real feelings at all for them, but we all know how high the water rates are now and to my mind privatising an organisation that is as essential as water supply was at best ill conceived. Gizmo17
  • Score: 2

4:05pm Thu 19 Jun 14

RightToAnOpinion says...

Gizmo17 wrote:
RightToAnOpinion wrote:
Gizmo17 wrote:
heather147 wrote:
CosApp wrote:
Gizmo17 wrote:
For your information clever clogs, the local authority have no powers to stop statutory undertakers (i.e. Wessex Water) from working on the highway in fact Wessex Water can dig up wherever and whenever they want and only have to retrospectively inform the authority of such works. Secondly when these works were planned and agreed there was never an intention for Lord Rod and his travelling circus to arrive here for a concert. Thirdly the works on Wessex Water are not overrunning they are in fact ahead of schedule (check the county council website to check on dates before you start spurting on about overruns). Next the works on the Third way were delayed by Central Governments intervention and then they demanded that the works had to be complete by next spring or monies would be withdrawn. With the amount of work that is required to be carried out for this scheme including the building of three new bridges they are trying their best to minimise disruption for this very much needed relief road. A road that if it was in now (as the local authority had planned before central government intervention) this would certainly help with the 'Traffic Chaos' you refer to. These roads need to be built and do cause disruption, they don't magically appear overnight you know! and when built it will certainly ease the congestion in the town centre. Lastly, it would be best to ask the Police why the roads have been shut at that time as they would ultimately make this decision which the local authority would have to abide by.
I hope this has answered your gripes Mr Meldrew!
........ and for your information 'even more clever clogs than I am', until recently I regularly checked the Wessex Water Taunton road closures website before I 'spurted on about overruns' AND at that time they STATED on their map that the stretch between Cann Street and The Crescent would be one-way until 6th June. Well 12 days later it is still one-way. Hide the map, hide the overrun - good idea. Just one question Gizmo, are you a mere God or are you higher than that and work in local council?
There is a sign at the top of Paul Street stating "The A38 eastbound will be closed from 02/06/2014 for 8 weeks". It is still closed eastbound all the way from Cann Street. This means that the work will not be completed until early August at the earliest. Why they need to take 8 weeks to do such a short stretch of road is beyond me, but that's Wessex Water for you.
Well please click the following link to find out the true details regarding Wessex Works: -

http://www1.somerset



.gov.uk/roads/works.



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I check these details regularly as part of my commute around the south west area and the dates stated of completion by July 29th under the Wessex Water sections have never been changed.

maybe you need to go to the correct website next time or maybe just Specsavers

Oh and by the way I am a legal highways consultant, which is none of your business anyway.

I suspect you wont tell us your job at all!

Goodbye and please take care driving as it is tough out there.
You say you are employed as a Legal Highway Consultant, well I for one wouldn't.t employ you as your condescending attitude stinks but that's probably a requirement for the position and could be a major reason the roads are in such a mess. Well done you imbecile.
Well to be honest and that is where i have to come from in the legal profession, if someone has a 'pop' at anyone for which I factually know is wrong I feel an obligation to point out their errors and mistakes and try and assist them by informing them of FACTS. The original post was basically having a go at the local authorities, who I work with and against a lot of the time in courts. The person was completely and factually incorrect and rather than 'council' bashing which is something nationally done now (led mainly by central government) I felt a need to defend a financially underfunded 'minority' organisation. With regards to Wessex Water well I have no real feelings at all for them, but we all know how high the water rates are now and to my mind privatising an organisation that is as essential as water supply was at best ill conceived.
Well you came across a lot better in this comment, thankyou.
[quote][p][bold]Gizmo17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RightToAnOpinion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gizmo17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]heather147[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CosApp[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gizmo17[/bold] wrote: For your information clever clogs, the local authority have no powers to stop statutory undertakers (i.e. Wessex Water) from working on the highway in fact Wessex Water can dig up wherever and whenever they want and only have to retrospectively inform the authority of such works. Secondly when these works were planned and agreed there was never an intention for Lord Rod and his travelling circus to arrive here for a concert. Thirdly the works on Wessex Water are not overrunning they are in fact ahead of schedule (check the county council website to check on dates before you start spurting on about overruns). Next the works on the Third way were delayed by Central Governments intervention and then they demanded that the works had to be complete by next spring or monies would be withdrawn. With the amount of work that is required to be carried out for this scheme including the building of three new bridges they are trying their best to minimise disruption for this very much needed relief road. A road that if it was in now (as the local authority had planned before central government intervention) this would certainly help with the 'Traffic Chaos' you refer to. These roads need to be built and do cause disruption, they don't magically appear overnight you know! and when built it will certainly ease the congestion in the town centre. Lastly, it would be best to ask the Police why the roads have been shut at that time as they would ultimately make this decision which the local authority would have to abide by. I hope this has answered your gripes Mr Meldrew![/p][/quote]........ and for your information 'even more clever clogs than I am', until recently I regularly checked the Wessex Water Taunton road closures website before I 'spurted on about overruns' AND at that time they STATED on their map that the stretch between Cann Street and The Crescent would be one-way until 6th June. Well 12 days later it is still one-way. Hide the map, hide the overrun - good idea. Just one question Gizmo, are you a mere God or are you higher than that and work in local council?[/p][/quote]There is a sign at the top of Paul Street stating "The A38 eastbound will be closed from 02/06/2014 for 8 weeks". It is still closed eastbound all the way from Cann Street. This means that the work will not be completed until early August at the earliest. Why they need to take 8 weeks to do such a short stretch of road is beyond me, but that's Wessex Water for you.[/p][/quote]Well please click the following link to find out the true details regarding Wessex Works: - http://www1.somerset .gov.uk/roads/works. asp?Town=Taunton& ; ; ;Typ e=%25&Contractor =%25 &Search=Search I check these details regularly as part of my commute around the south west area and the dates stated of completion by July 29th under the Wessex Water sections have never been changed. maybe you need to go to the correct website next time or maybe just Specsavers Oh and by the way I am a legal highways consultant, which is none of your business anyway. I suspect you wont tell us your job at all! Goodbye and please take care driving as it is tough out there.[/p][/quote]You say you are employed as a Legal Highway Consultant, well I for one wouldn't.t employ you as your condescending attitude stinks but that's probably a requirement for the position and could be a major reason the roads are in such a mess. Well done you imbecile.[/p][/quote]Well to be honest and that is where i have to come from in the legal profession, if someone has a 'pop' at anyone for which I factually know is wrong I feel an obligation to point out their errors and mistakes and try and assist them by informing them of FACTS. The original post was basically having a go at the local authorities, who I work with and against a lot of the time in courts. The person was completely and factually incorrect and rather than 'council' bashing which is something nationally done now (led mainly by central government) I felt a need to defend a financially underfunded 'minority' organisation. With regards to Wessex Water well I have no real feelings at all for them, but we all know how high the water rates are now and to my mind privatising an organisation that is as essential as water supply was at best ill conceived.[/p][/quote]Well you came across a lot better in this comment, thankyou. RightToAnOpinion
  • Score: 0

4:19pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Gizmo17 says...

RightToAnOpinion wrote:
Gizmo17 wrote:
For your information clever clogs, the local authority have no powers to stop statutory undertakers (i.e. Wessex Water) from working on the highway in fact Wessex Water can dig up wherever and whenever they want and only have to retrospectively inform the authority of such works. Secondly when these works were planned and agreed there was never an intention for Lord Rod and his travelling circus to arrive here for a concert. Thirdly the works on Wessex Water are not overrunning they are in fact ahead of schedule (check the county council website to check on dates before you start spurting on about overruns). Next the works on the Third way were delayed by Central Governments intervention and then they demanded that the works had to be complete by next spring or monies would be withdrawn. With the amount of work that is required to be carried out for this scheme including the building of three new bridges they are trying their best to minimise disruption for this very much needed relief road. A road that if it was in now (as the local authority had planned before central government intervention) this would certainly help with the 'Traffic Chaos' you refer to. These roads need to be built and do cause disruption, they don't magically appear overnight you know! and when built it will certainly ease the congestion in the town centre. Lastly, it would be best to ask the Police why the roads have been shut at that time as they would ultimately make this decision which the local authority would have to abide by.
I hope this has answered your gripes Mr Meldrew!
By the looks of your comments and the way you are ranting on you must work for SCC and as such you should be telling us who you are so we can all aim our rightly barbed opinions at someone. Perhaps as you seem to know so much you could use some of that knowledge to schedule things a little better or get your backside down to Priory Bridge Rd and put that ranting to good use by getting the lazy oafs down there to work faster.
For such a misguided individual it isn't really worthy of a response.
[quote][p][bold]RightToAnOpinion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gizmo17[/bold] wrote: For your information clever clogs, the local authority have no powers to stop statutory undertakers (i.e. Wessex Water) from working on the highway in fact Wessex Water can dig up wherever and whenever they want and only have to retrospectively inform the authority of such works. Secondly when these works were planned and agreed there was never an intention for Lord Rod and his travelling circus to arrive here for a concert. Thirdly the works on Wessex Water are not overrunning they are in fact ahead of schedule (check the county council website to check on dates before you start spurting on about overruns). Next the works on the Third way were delayed by Central Governments intervention and then they demanded that the works had to be complete by next spring or monies would be withdrawn. With the amount of work that is required to be carried out for this scheme including the building of three new bridges they are trying their best to minimise disruption for this very much needed relief road. A road that if it was in now (as the local authority had planned before central government intervention) this would certainly help with the 'Traffic Chaos' you refer to. These roads need to be built and do cause disruption, they don't magically appear overnight you know! and when built it will certainly ease the congestion in the town centre. Lastly, it would be best to ask the Police why the roads have been shut at that time as they would ultimately make this decision which the local authority would have to abide by. I hope this has answered your gripes Mr Meldrew![/p][/quote]By the looks of your comments and the way you are ranting on you must work for SCC and as such you should be telling us who you are so we can all aim our rightly barbed opinions at someone. Perhaps as you seem to know so much you could use some of that knowledge to schedule things a little better or get your backside down to Priory Bridge Rd and put that ranting to good use by getting the lazy oafs down there to work faster.[/p][/quote]For such a misguided individual it isn't really worthy of a response. Gizmo17
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