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Somerset County Council’s highways team had their busiest weekend since the 2014 floods as storms caused problems on many roads across the county. On Saturday there were more than 100 weather related callouts with 40 reports of flooding in the south Somerset area alone. There were hundreds of further callouts yesterday and last night with […]

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The Somerset Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) is today launching new guidance for professionals and managers to make sure help is available for children, young people and families as soon as it’s needed. The guidance aims to further establish the principles of Early Help for all those who support children, young people and their families in […]

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A Somerset couple who went on to adopt the baby they were fostering want to do it a second time. Jayne* and David* were the first to embrace Somerset County Council’s vital Fostering to Adopt initiative, and now live happily with their adopted son Ben*. Fostering to Adopt gives young children who come into care […]

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A Somerset mum of one year old triplets is supporting the new hard hitting regional stop smoking campaign launching this week across the South West. She wants to show that 1 in 2 smokers will die early from smoking, missing out on precious moments in life with their loved ones The campaign highlights those key […]

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Somerset County Council’s highways team responded to around 30 reports of fallen trees on Monday as Storm Imogen raged across the county. This followed the service’s busiest weekend since the 2014 floods with around 200 out of hours emergency callouts between Friday night and Monday morning. Highways have been helping remove fallen trees across the […]

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Somerset County Councillors today heard the scale of the future funding the challenge facing the authority. A meeting of the Council’s Cabinet agreed budget proposals for 2016/17, and were told of the projected shortfalls over the following four years as funding from central Government continues to decline. Between 2017/18 and 2020/21 the authority is facing […]

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Work to upgrade a busy junction in Frome is due to start later this month. Somerset County Council is planning improvements at the traffic light controlled junction of Berkley Road and Rodden Road. The upgrade will include safer facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, and new traffic lights using extra low voltage equipment and LED lights […]

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Investment of around £76m in highways, schools and economic growth will be considered by Somerset County Council’s Cabinet next week. The authority’s Capital Investment Programme for the next financial year includes over £20m for maintenance of the County’s 4,000 miles of roads and almost £17m for school buildings, expansions and repairs that will provide in […]

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Essential work to resurface the carriageway and rebuild kerbs on the A39 Bath Road in Bridgwater is due to take place later this month. Somerset County Council will be carrying out most of the work using temporary traffic lights to minimise disruption. These will be in place from Monday 22 February to Thursday 25 February […]