Mark Formosa Reports

Somerset County Gazette: Mark Formosa

Defending our Green Fields Cries of ‘shame’ came from many people who joined me in attending last week’s Deane council planning committee meeting to argue against inappropriate housing development on 19 acres of green fields at Bishops Hull.

Mark Formosa Reports

Somerset County Gazette: Mark Formosa

11:57am Friday 20th November 2009

As I predicted, the Deane council have rubber stamped plans to force elderly and vulnerable tenants out of their homes to make way for intensive new housing development.

Mark Formosa Reports

Somerset County Gazette: Mark Formosa

Only a fortnight ago I again called for more police officers to be employed in the communities of Taunton Deane rather than being posted to Bristol.

Mark Formosa Reports

Somerset County Gazette: Mark Formosa

11:06am Friday 23rd October 2009

I was delighted to see that Taunton’s successful Energize scheme has become one of the first projects awarded funding as a result of the police being able to seize cash from criminals.

Mark Formosa Reports

Somerset County Gazette: Mark Formosa

11:27am Monday 12th October 2009

I sympathise with Parmin Close residents who are being forced out of their homes to allow Taunton Deane Council to demolish their bungalows to make way for a new housing scheme.

Mark Formosa Reports

Somerset County Gazette: Mark Formosa

5:59pm Wednesday 30th September 2009

The traffic congestion on Taunton’s roads is one of the chief concerns of local people when I listen to them while out in my mobile surgery or when they come to see me at one of the three local advice surgeries I hold every week. It can sometimes take 20 minutes or more just to get from one side of Taunton to another.

Mark Formosa Reports

Somerset County Gazette: Mark Formosa

10:00am Monday 14th September 2009

I had a lesson last week in how Taunton Deane Council planners treat the people they represent - that’s us, the council taxpayers. We were particularly upset in North Curry last year to see our local pub demolished. The developers didn’t even tell the council, as they were supposed to, that they were going to do it.

Mark Fomosa Reports

Somerset County Gazette: Mark Formosa

11:17am Friday 4th September 2009

My campaign against excessive car park charges at Musgrove Park Hospital has brought some ‘fan mail’ from Patrick Troy, the chief executive of the British Parking Association.

Mark Formosa Reports

Somerset County Gazette: Mark Formosa

8:01pm Saturday 15th August 2009

I was recently a guest at the annual meeting of Advocacy in Somerset, which helps mentally ill people by ensuring their voice can be heard. I quickly learned that even in this day and age, there is still a stigma to suffering a mental illness or previously having one. There continues to be a lack of understanding that having a mental illness is much like having a ‘regular’ illness, and, just as with other health issues, they very often can be cured or treated.

Mark Formosa Reports

Somerset County Gazette: Mark Formosa

11:27am Friday 31st July 2009

With all the media frenzy that has surrounded the MPs expenses scandal in recent weeks, another scandal which hits people in the pocket seems to have gone almost unnoticed.

Mark Formosa Reports

Somerset County Gazette: Mark Formosa

12:44pm Thursday 16th July 2009

Local services, and, importantly, the local people who make them tick, are the lifeblood of rural communities. A good education is among the most important, as people can then improve themselves and society as a whole.

Mark Formosa Reports

Somerset County Gazette: Mark Formosa

4:52pm Tuesday 7th July 2009

I was pleased to read in the Gazette that PC Andy Beake is returning to North Taunton to police the area in which he grew up.

Now for change

Somerset County Gazette: Mark Formosa

10:59am Thursday 4th June 2009

300 million reasons to vote Conservative It is polling day today in the County Council elections and also for the European Parliament.

Mark Formosa Reports

Somerset County Gazette: Mark Formosa

2:26pm Friday 29th May 2009

More than three years ago I made a promise to the people of Taunton Deane: When elected as their new MP, I will not claim a penny of the Parliamentary pension until ‘ordinary’ people have the same pension rights as MPs.

Mark Formosa, Tony McMahon & Mike Harvey Report

5:27pm Monday 30th March 2009

TIME for change is well and truly upon us, no more so than in Wiveliscombe and the Ten Parishes, where residents will shortly have the opportunity to make three big changes in the way their lives are governed.

Mark Formosa Reports

Somerset County Gazette: Mark Formosa

5:50pm Friday 13th March 2009

Past Conservative party chairman, Caroline Spelman, has just launched a policy to help our small shops and businesses survive the recession by cutting their taxes and paperwork. She also promised a David Cameron Government would automatically apply business rates relief to small enterprises instead of making them have to claim it themselves.

Mark Formosa Reports

Somerset County Gazette: Mark Formosa

6:39pm Thursday 26th February 2009

Are you tired of the negative portrayal of young people in the media today? Not a week seems to pass without reference to acts of mindless assault, damage, or other criminal activity across Taunton Deane.

Mark Formosa Reports

Somerset County Gazette: Mark Formosa

5:47pm Monday 16th February 2009

The heavy snow has served to heighten awareness of how vulnerable most of us become in extreme weather conditions.

Mark Formosa Reports

Somerset County Gazette: Mark Formosa

9:00am Thursday 29th January 2009

Many Gazette readers may be forgiven for wondering what has happened to the plastic and cardboard recycling service we were promised by the Deane council.

Mark Formosa Reports

Somerset County Gazette: Mark Formosa

4:47pm Thursday 22nd January 2009

During the recent Arctic weather conditions, a survey* was carried out in the Westcountry which showed that almost half of people aged 50 years and older were worried about paying their winter fuel bills.






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