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£2.4 billion lagoon dream

HUGELY ambitious plans for a tidal energy and regeneration boosting lagoon stretching from Minehead to West Quantoxhead were unveiled this week. The project, estimated to cost a massive £2.4 billion and being driven by a consortium of local business... read on

A CONTROVERSIAL decision to close Minehead Hospital’s minor injuries unit overnight has been overturned - just a month after it was implemented without warning and in the wake of a massive public outcry. read on...
TWO West Somerset bus routes threatened by the loss of public subsidies have been saved after the operator agreed to keep them on the road. read on...
WILLITON businessman David Gliddon put his plans for a new supermarket in the village back on the table this week. read on...
MINEHEAD’S rich heritage has been given a permanent home with the opening of the town’s new museum. read on...

Sport

WEST Somerset-based racehorse trainer Philip Hobbs has praised “tough” ten-year-old Balthazar King after his career-best second place in the Crabbie’s Grand National.
The 14/1 shot was beaten by just five lengths by Pineau De Re, while Bilbrook stablemate Chance Du Roy came sixth.
Balthazar King only managed 15th in last year’s national but this year was a very different story.
Jockey Richard Johnson held off Tony McCoy and Double Seven, who came third a length and a quarter behind.
“This is enormous for the horse and he is a superstar," said Philip.
“He is so consistent, tough and he tries so hard. I have enormous pride in him.”
He said the horse had jumped well and everything had gone according to plan but, with three fences to go, he thought he would only finish fifth or sixth.
“He ran on really well and it’s fantastic.”... read on

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