Construction has finished on Polden Bower School, a brand new £23m Somerset County Council-funded state-of-the-art school in Bridgwater catering for 160 students with complex needs. The project is part of a wider Somerset County Council programme to boost provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) in the county. The […]

A crucial scheme to resurface part of a key road between Taunton and Minehead is planned to take place next month. Somerset County Council’s Highways team will be resurfacing a stretch of the A358 near Combe Florey, between Williton Road and Coggins Lane, as the carriageway is in need of urgent repair. A temporary road […]

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Staff and leaders at Somerset County Council have spoken out about their own wide-ranging experiences during the pandemic this week in order to challenge the stigma surrounding mental health…

A select few of Somerset’s many unsung coronavirus heroes are unveiled today as the first ever winners of the Somerset Medal.  The Somerset Medal has been launched by Somerset County Council to say a heartfelt thank-you to the best of the best – with the winners announced as the county celebrates Somerset Day.  They include vaccination volunteers, food deliverers, PPE producers, pop-up shop keepers and a whole host of other good Samaritans who […]

More than 500 children in Somerset need foster homes – and carers who could help change their life stories. As Foster Care Fortnight gets under way (10-23 May), Somerset County Council is appealing for more people to come forward and share their homes and lives with children who desperately need a new beginning. Theo’s Story, […]

Dave Partlow, Somerset County Council Adult Social Care Strategic Manager, talks about the emotional rollercoaster of working in high stress frontline jobs, how he dealt with that pressure and his introduction to the Five Ways of Wellbeing – principles of support he was already unconsciously using in his life. Throughout the pandemic, Dave has supported […]

Somerset County Council’s gritting teams are standing down season after travelling the equivalent of nearly three times around the world this winter. The fleet of 23 gritters were needed on 66 occasions when freezing temperatures were forecast, treating around 900 miles of road each time to help prevent ice forming with 1842 route actions in […]

Somerset County Council will continue to provide help to families in need of food support over the May half-term period. At its Full Council meeting on Wednesday, May 5, the Council Leader Cllr David Fothergill confirmed plans to allocate a total of £250,000 of funding to schools in Somerset to fund food vouchers over the […]

A decision has been made to remove the temporary closure of Taunton’s East Street as part of a range of ongoing measures by Somerset County Council’s Highways team to address traffic congestion. Essential works by the developer of a new residential block in the Paul Street area of Taunton were the focus for significant delays […]

Tuesday 11th May is Somerset Day and Somerset County Council will be celebrating the day with the launch of the new Somerset Medal. While many events have been curtailed due to Covid-19 restrictions there is still a lot happening to mark the occasion. The Council is paying tribute to those who made superhuman efforts to […]