If you would like to add your name to my petition, my team of volunteers and I will be in the Market Place near the post office tomorrow between 11.30am and 1.00pm.
Alternatively you can sign online.
5th February 2016
Tessa attended the unveiling of a pair of new cash machines which have been installed on Glastonbury Highstreet.
The town was set to lose all of its cash points when Lloyds, which will be the last bank left in the town, closes in April.
However a company called Cardtronic has now installed two ATMs in the High Street, both hosted by Co-op.
Neil Smith, store manager of Radstock Co-operative Society's Glastonbury store, said: "We are delighted that Cardtronics UK have agreed to the installation of the ATM machines following our approach to them shortly after we heard the news about the bank closures.
"With the new service, we are able to offer our customers the vital convenience of shopping where they can also access their money easily.
"We are sure this won't just be an added plus for our own business, but it will strengthen footfall and spend for the entire high street of Glastonbury."
One of the cash points will be inside the store and the second ATM will face the street through the shop front. Both will be free.
“I am absolutely delighted by this initiative. I have been a member and supporter of the co-operative for years and would like to thank Cardtronics for offering the people of Glastonbury free access to their cash.
Glastonbury is a completely unique highstreet and the loss of the banks imperils our local businesses.”
5th February 2016
I campaigned vociferously against pylons on the Somerset Levels & Moors before I was elected, throughout my time in Parliament and have not changed my view since the election last May.
Local people were brilliant in presenting the arguments against the pylons over the years that this process dragged out. So I share their dismay and disappointment that the Conservative Government decided to approve these monstrous pylons. I am left baffled by our new MP’s inaction, failing to even bring his colleague, Minister and friend Amber Rudd to Somerset to see exactly what impact her plans would have before she signed them off.
A 15 minute end-of-day debate simply doesn’t cut the mustard when it comes to challenging the real damage which will be caused to our beautiful landscape, precious environment - and our tourism industry, which relies on both.
Of course, the elephant in the room is that the new pylons will be needed to connect the new Hinkley C nuclear reactor on the Somerset coast to the rest of the electricity grid.
My long-held objections to this dirty, risky, outdated and hugely expensive nuclear reactor are well documented. It seems that others - members of the public, journalists and some politicians - are realising that nuclear power, which is utterly dependent on foreign control through investment, is not the solution. And Hinkley C represents exceptional risks, as even financial analysts have pointed out.
Today, EDF's board should have made a final investment decision on Hinkley C but the extent of internal concern at the risks - that it might bankrupt the company - meant that this was postponed indefinitely.
Renewable energy is the only viable solution. It is better for the environment, the economy, and for the long-term - our grandchildren won’t curse us for it. And it doesn’t come with the risk of a nuclear meltdown.