The county of Somerset carries two principal arterial routes – the M5 and the A303. Although these roads do not converge, there is a link from the A303 to the M5 at junction 25, which serves Taunton. In addition, Taunton benefits from being on the main London to Exeter rail route: the fastest journey time is one hour 40 minutes.Major property developments are focused on, or close to, these roads and within Taunton. The towns of Bridgwater and Yeovil have also benefited from being close to arterial routes. Frome, the other major town in the north-east of the county, tends to look towards Bath and Bristol for its core business.Retail Somerset has enjoyed increased activity in the past 12 months. Taunton Town Centre, in particular, has seen good results from its enhancement scheme.Marks & Spencer’s recently established presence has affected trading patterns in the town. There has been more activity in the stretch of East Street surrounding Marks & Spencer and opposite, which has led to a dramatic rise in Zone A rents. Nearly 10 years ago, these peaked at just under £100 before falling to £70-£75. The latest letting at 8 East Street shows a Zone A rent of over £100. It will be interesting to see whether this level is supported by further transactions.Taunton is a town which has grown substantially. This factor, along with the tight geography of the town centre, has led to high Zone A levels. It is expected that they will spill over to secondary areas in due course.OfficesThe office market in most Somerset towns tends to be dominated by professionals. With increased business activity, demand for professionals has risen steadily in the past decade and there is no sign of this halting. Several professional firms have outgrown their premises and others are looking to improve their office working environments. So the search is on for better quality buildings. Developers have found it difficult to bring forward schemes to satisfy this demand, which generally does not provide enough single large enquiries to trigger projects. This pressure will continue and it is likely that demand will lead to a development taking place eventually.Industrial and distribution The south-west is not a region which attracts heavy industry. The manufacturing base consists mainly of large numbers of small businesses, and this is set to continue.The location of Taunton, Bridgwater and Wellington has attracted distribution centres such as Argos, with 27,870 sq m (300,000 sq ft) at Bridgwater and Leo, with 16,720 sq m (180,000 sq ft) at Wellington.Recent schemes in Taunton have attracted motor dealers such as Alpha Romeo/Fiat into a new build property and Toyota and Mercedes into existing buildings. There is a new build for Nissan at Chelston and other dealers are seeking sites.The A303 is often overlooked as a commercial artery but at Wincanton, there is a thriving light industrial base. Further land has been allocated for employment development in the draft local plan. There have been a lot of enquiries about this location and it is likely that development will proceed before too long.The south-west will continue to attract light industry and the professional office base will keep growing. The structure plan is seeking to place 50,000 new homes in Somerset before 2011, and prospects for business and retailing look positive.
North Decatur High School Girls Varsity Volleyball beat Rushville Consolidated High School 3-0. 25-18, 26-24, 25-23.The Lady Chargers top Rushville in 3 sets! We came out with a lot of intensity tonight and it was great to see the girls play as a team! We minimized unforced errors in regards to missed serves and passed the ball well. Chargers Scoring: Kara Muckerheide set 97/100 with 32 assists, 3 kills, 5 blocks & 5 digs; Olivia Bohman adder 8 kills, 3 aces & 10 digs; Erika Kramer tallied 12 kills & 9 digs; Madelyn Bohman 11 digs, 7 kills & 4 blocks; Olivia O’Dell 7 digs & Anna Burkhart 5 digs. The JV team won in 2: 25-17 & 25-14. Abby Hartman & Erin Schwering each had 5 kills. Sami Luttel adder 12 assists & Brittany Krieger totaled 12 digs.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Ashley Gauck.North Decatur Girls 7th Grade Volleyball beat Edinburgh Schools 2-0. 25-13, 25-20.7th Grade North Decatur girls Volleyball defeated Edinburgh in 2 games in their first game of the season. 25-13, 25-20.Hannah Gorrell and Claire Kinker led the team in serves with 15 pts and 9 pts. Sydney Rohls and Ally Witaker led the team with 7 perfect passes each. Kelsey Haley had a strong night of setting to assist Hannah Gorrell for 6 Kills.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Molly Waechter.
Capitals’ Tom Wilson will not be disciplined for blindside hit on Devils’ Brett Seney Capitals winger Tom Wilson exited Tuesday’s matchup with the Golden Knights after taking a big hit from Ryan Reaves, who received a five minute game misconduct and was ejected for the play.A trainer helped Wilson off the ice after the hit in the second period and the Capitals later ruled him out for the rest of the game with an upper-body injury. Wilson recently returned from a 14-game suspension he received due to an illegal hit he delivered in the preseason. The suspension was originally supposed to be 20 games but an arbitrator reduced the punishment in mid-November.Wilson has committed his fair share of questionable hits in his six-year NHL career. No player has accrued more penalties than Wilson since he entered the league in 2013 and he has been suspended by the league multiple times for his conduct on the ice. Related News Capitals’ Tom Wilson ejected for illegal check to the head on Devils’ Brett Seney The severity of Wilson’s injury is unclear.