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 […]


Local residents are being invited to drop-in events next week to find out more about two key flood protection schemes and their associated road closures. The events will be a chance for people to get more information and ask questions about the road-raising scheme in Muchelney and the project to install new culverts at Beer […]

Charity abseil crop

Nearly £25,000 has been raised for The Somerset Chairman’s Charity since its launch last September – almost half its target in just one year. Chairman of Somerset County Council, Cllr David Fothergill, was joined by celebrity Jane Asher to launch the Somerset Chairman’s Charity last September, which aimed to raise £50K over four years for […]

Museum of Somerset Great Hall

Visitors to the Museum of Somerset in Taunton can travel back in time next weekend at a themed day dedicated to the First World War. On Sunday 21 September, from 10.00 am–5.00 pm, visitors can take part in a range of family-friendly activities including object handling and living history. The day is part of Somerset […]

Pheobe Howes, 9, from Bridgwater with her new Mountain Bike

Parkour workshops and BMX displays will help residents celebrate the completion of improvements to Rhode Lane in Hamp by The Bridgwater Way’s DIY Streets Team. On Sunday 28 September at 2pm, Rhode Lane will be officially opened by the Mayor of Bridgwater, with festivities carrying on throughout the day until 7pm. The event will take […]


Somerset County Council has warmly welcomed investment of nearly £3m in infrastructure for Bridgwater and Taunton announced today (11.9.14). The Department for Transport (DfT) is providing £2.85m funding to the County Council for four schemes to upgrade transport links in the towns to support the planned development of Hinkley Point nuclear power station. £1.6 million […]

Somerset County Councillors want to hear from anyone with a community project idea that will help improve the health and wellbeing of people in their local patch. The Health and Wellbeing Budget Scheme is running for the third year. The application period is open from now until 30 November 2014. The fund provides each County […]

Sharon and Tracey with their awards

Three members of the Halcon One Team in Taunton have been given Pride Awards from the Police and Crime Commissioner for their outstanding service. Housing Estates Officer, Lucy Hawkins (Taunton Deane Borough Council); Early Help Officer, Sharon Collard (Somerset County Council);  Deputy Early Help Officer Tracey Harper (SCC) received their awards from Sue Mountstevens. Tracey and […]


A Somerset used car salesman, who pleaded guilty to an offence of supplying a car in a dangerous condition, received a £500 fine and ordered to pay costs and compensation totalling £2350.75 which includes a £500 compensation order for the victim. Peter James Thorner trading as PT Car Sales, Leighton Lane, Evercreech, was sentenced on […]

Young Adult Carers

Somerset County Council and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have joined forces to provide information and goodies for young people visiting family and friends in mental health inpatient wards across Somerset. ‘Listen to ME!’ is a joint project run by the Council’s Young Carers’ Project and Somerset Partnership’s Carers’ Service which engages with children and […]