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South Somerset is a local government district in Somerset, England.

The South Somerset district covers and area of 370 square miles (958 km2) ranging from the borders with Devon and Dorset to the edge of the Somerset Levels. It has a population of approximately 158,000. The administrative centre of the district is Yeovil.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, and was originally known as Yeovil, adopting its present name in 1985. It was formed by the merger of the municipal boroughs of Chard, Yeovil, along with Crewkerne and Ilminster urban districts and the Chard Rural District, Langport Rural District, Wincanton Rural District and Yeovil Rural District.

The Council covers the whole of the Yeovil constituency, and part of Somerton and Frome.

It is currently Liberal Democrat controlled, and has Beacon Council status.

Towns



Its main towns include:

  • Bruton
  • i>Castle Cary
  • Chard
  • Crewkerne
  • Ilminster
  • Langport
  • Milborne Port
  • Somerton
  • Wincanton
  • Yeovil

Wards



The electoral wards include: Camelot and Wessex.

Parishes



Major roads



  • A30
  • A37
  • A303

Rail stations



  • Bruton railway station (Heart of Wessex Line), First Great Western
  • Castle Cary railway station (Heart of Wessex Line/Great Western Main Line), First Great Western
  • Crewkerne railway station (West of England Main Line), South West Trains
  • Templecombe railway station (West of England Main Line), South West Trains
  • Yeovil Junction railway station (West of England Main Line), South West Trains
  • Yeovil Pen Mill railway station (Heart of Wessex Line/Great Western Main Line), First Great Western

Heritage Railways



  • Chard Branch Line, former Great Western Railway line between Chard and Taunton
  • Yeovil Railway Centre

Education



County schools (those which are not independent) in the five non-metropolitan districts of the county are operated by Somerset County Council.

For a full list of schools see: List of schools in Somerset

See also



  • Grade I listed buildings in South Somerset

References



External links



  • South Somerset District Council


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