Balancing Act crop

Somerset County Council’s public engagement events are on the road again this month as the authority faces up to the challenge of rising demand and falling funding. This is the third year the Council has run its ‘Listening, Learning, Changing’ roadshows, asking people to try their hand at balancing its budget with an over-sized set […]

Michael's panel film

Somerset foster carer Michael, from Wincanton, has shared his Foster Panel experience on film in a bid to show people that it is not as scary as they might think. The Foster Panel is made up of a group of people who consider whether a person is suitable to be approved to foster. The Panel […]

Diversion sign roadworks highways

Highways work to reduce the risk of flooding on the main A371 near Bratton Seymour is due to begin next month. The upgrade to drainage, starting on Monday 3 August, will take around four weeks and will require a full road closure so the work can be completed safely and as quickly as possible. A […]

Line of Bikes

The long-awaited walking and cycling route from North Petherton to Bridgwater gets underway next week. Currently, no footway or only a narrow footway exists for much of the way. Responding to the needs of residents, the route will be widened to incorporate an effective link for walkers and cyclists between North Petherton and Bridgwater. Once […]

phoebe the dog

A Bridgwater man has been convicted after pleading guilty to selling illegal tobacco from his shops in Bridgwater and Taunton, following an investigation by Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service. 44-year-old Abdullah Ulgut of Eastover, Bridgwater was charged with selling, having available to supply and keeping smuggled tobacco which did not have the legally required […]

Andrew Rose for web

A male childminder from Somerset is encouraging others interested in making a difference to a child’s Early Years development to follow in his footsteps. Somerset County Council is calling for individuals to consider childminding as a rewarding career with many benefits. These include working from home, and having a positive impact on children’s learning and […]

Commitment to carers event

Carers in Somerset have been given a voice to shape future plans for the support they will receive. The County’s first Carers Commitment is being developed by carers, Somerset County Council, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local carers support providers. It will include a set of priorities and plans for the support that carers […]


Somerset County Council’s public engagement roadshow will be calling in at four more towns this month. Shepton Mallet (24 July), Chard (25 July), Castle Cary (28 July) and Minehead (31 July) will all play host to ‘Listening Learning Changing’ events, seeking the public’s thoughts on the Council’s priorities and other key issues. This is the […]

Virtual footway CreechSM

Two rural communities in Somerset now have the county’s first ‘virtual footways’ as part of a pilot to improve road safety by Somerset County Council. A virtual footway is a scheme to make it safer for pedestrians in rural areas where the road is too narrow for a pavement. The work includes coloured surfacing to […]

New culverts a Beer Wall

Somerset County Council and partners today toasted the formal finishing of the second stage of major flood protection works at Beer Wall. The four culverts, measuring 2 metres tall by 3 metres wide, installed under the A372 will allow water to pass under the road at times of severe flooding, as well as paving the […]