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Like all local authorities, our income is falling while demand for our services is rising. We estimate we need to make around £30m of savings if we are to balance our budget next year and live within our means. This means making difficult decisions. When making those decisions we want to know what’s important to […]

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Youngsters and staff at Somerset County Council’s Highbridge Children’s Centre nursery are celebrating after being awarded a ‘Good’ rating in their latest Ofsted inspection. The nursery was awarded ‘good’ across the board, after making significant improvements to the quality of its service. Ofsted’s inspectors have complimented the nursery team on their work, with the manager […]

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Work has started on two key flood protection schemes on the Somerset Levels and Moors. The schemes on the A372 at Beer Wall and in Muchelney are being carried out as part of the 20 Year Flood Action Plan and should reduce the likelihood of flooding and minimise the impacts of any flooding that does […]

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Essential maintenance work to repair and improve the A358 near Taunton is due to take place next month. Somerset County Council’s highways team will be rebuilding and resurfacing the carriageway between Henlade and Thornfalcon over a seven-week period starting on 13 October. Most of the work will take place at night to minimise disruption, but […]

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Somerset County Council today announced it was taking decisive action to start the process of closing two of its children’s homes due to poor management, sub-standard care and concerns over safeguarding. Staff and residents at the two homes – West End Cottage at Chedzoy and Appledore near West Pennard – were told of the closures […]

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Teachers and pupils are welcoming a boost in the number of Somerset’s primary and secondary schools being rated ‘good or better’ by Ofsted inspectors. Figures discussed at Somerset County Council’s Scrutiny Committee today show the county now has a higher ranking among England’s 150 local authorities for both high-performing primary and secondary schools. 87% of […]

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Residents of the Frome North division have elected Conservative candidate Linda Oliver as their new Somerset County Councillor. Some 2,388 people made their way to polling stations between 7am and 10pm on Thursday to vote – a turn-out of 33% of the local electorate. Counting began at 10pm last night after polling booths closed. The […]

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Polling stations open tomorrow (Thursday 25 September) for residents to cast their vote to elect a new Somerset County Councillor for the Frome North division. The candidates standing in the by-election are as follows: Adrian Dobinson – Independent Catherine Richardson – Labour Party Damon John Hooton – Liberal Democrats Les Spalding – Green Party Linda […]

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Proposals to relocate and expand West Monkton Primary School will be available to members of the public at a special drop-in event next month. The expansion is needed because the current school building in School Road does not have the capacity to cope with the expected demand from nearby developments which will bring around 1,000 […]

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Important historical sites across Somerset will be cared for by the Somerset Heritage Service, soon to become part of the South West Heritage Trust. Eight heritage sites owned by Somerset County Council will be leased to the newly-formed trust, who will take responsibility for managing the sites. The sites contain important archaeological remains ranging in […]