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 […]

Diversion sign roadworks highways

Essential drainage works to help protect properties in Chard from the risk of future flooding are due to start next week. Work to upgrade the existing pipework and install additional gullies on the A358 Old Town and Church Street is due to start on Monday 7 September, and is programmed to take around eight weeks. […]

End of roadworks highways

The main A371 near Bratton Seymour has now reopened after drainage improvements were completed a week ahead of schedule. The scheme, which should help reduce the risk of future flooding by upgrading drains and gullies, was due to take four weeks and started on Monday 10 August. Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member […]

Listening Learning Changing

Somerset County Council’s public engagement roadshow is heading for five more towns in September. During September, the Listening Learning Changing events will be in Bridgwater (4 Sept), Wellington (5 Sept), Wiveliscombe (6 Sept), Yeovil (11 Sept) and Frome (12 Sept), asking people for their views on the Council’s priorities and other key issues. Anyone attending […]

Crop siblings

Somerset County Council is seeking foster carers in Somerset’s main towns for brothers and sisters of all ages. The Fostering Team’s next information session is at Taunton’s Holiday Inn Express on Saturday 12 September between 10am and 12noon. Anyone thinking about fostering is encouraged to come along to find out more, and meet current foster […]


The Somerset UK Youth Parliament has launched its manifesto for the 2015-2017 term of office. Nationally, the UK Youth Parliament has 600 elected MYPs (Members of Youth Parliament) aged 11-18. It provides opportunities for young people to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change. This includes producing a national manifesto that […]

Youth Club Children

Over a dozen Somerset youth clubs have been boosted with grant funding from Somerset County Council. 14 youth clubs from across the County will receive a share of £35,000 to help run popular sessions for young people. The County Council grants are matched by over £81,000 in locally raised funding and hundreds of hours in […]

Johnson and Johnson drive laying 260815

Father and son, Thomas Johnson, 57, and Tommy Johnson, 29, of Birtley Road, Guildford in Surrey, have pleaded guilty at Exeter Crown Court to a series of offences under the Fraud Act 2006, following an investigation by Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service. The court heard that the Johnsons travelled down to the South West […]

Diversion sign roadworks highways

A major programme to improve transport links along the Eastern Corridor in Yeovil is due to begin on Tuesday (1 September). The first phase of work will see an upgrade of the Horsey Roundabout, improving facilities for pedestrians and cyclists to help prevent unnecessary delays to traffic and increase the capacity of the junction. The […]

green light, traffic light

In response to recent feedback from commuters and local businesses, important changes have been made to the way the traffic is being managed at the roadworks on the A38/North Petherton at weekends. Somerset County Council has listened to feedback that the works were causing weekend delays and have come up with a solution that means […]