A popular Library storytelling session is set to move to a park in Taunton now that lockdown measures are further easing. James Denslow – AKA ‘Library Man’ – has created quite a buzz on social media in recent months with his quirky Facebook story-times. Now lockdown is further easing – and the summer holidays are […]

Social enterprises in Devon and Somerset have praised a partnership that has supported them during the Covid-19 pandemic – and now they are encouraging others to sign up. The Enhance Social Enterprise Network Devon & Somerset was created to support the development of social enterprises across Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset following funding from the […]

Somerset County Council has become the first council in the South West to sign up to UNISON’s ‘Stop the Spread’ pledge, a key initiative by the UK’s biggest trade union to support care workers in the fight against coronavirus. The pledge introduces a series of measures designed to protect care workers and reduce the spread […]

Leader of Somerset County Council David Fothergill today welcomed a new report making the case for unitary authorities based on county council boundaries. The report, Making Counties Count, is co-authored by Nick King, who was Chief of Staff to former Government Secretary of State Sajid Javid. He argues that county authorities are best placed to […]

With a hot weekend predicted, Somerset residents and visitors are being urged to follow the guidance to keep themselves, their family and friends and the county safe from coronavirus. Temperatures are predicted to peak on Saturday and Sunday – and into early next week – reaching the low 30s. And that could risk people forgetting […]

With hot weather forecast this weekend Somerset County Council is asking people to keep an eye out for themselves, vulnerable family and friends and neighbours – and follow COVID-19  (coronavirus) advice. Wearing face coverings and PPE in hot conditions can be uncomfortable but is no less important and must still be worn correctly.  Drink plenty […]

Key Somerset projects are a step closer after a government multi-million investment boost. A Digital Innovation Centre for Taunton, improved access to Firepool and Taunton railway station along with Bruton Enterprise Centre and iAero in Yeovil have all been selected to go through to the next stage to gain funding from a £900m government pot. […]

Emergency measures to support the reopening of high streets in Somerset were rolled out across the county in June to free up space in high streets as retail businesses reopened and shoppers returned. Holyrood Street, Chard was pedestrianised to support reopening of non-essential retail businesses. After reviewing footfall and listening to feedback from both shoppers […]

A new national report published this week highlights the importance Local Authorities play in driving forward growth post COVID-19 – and features Somerset as a key success story. The ‘Place-Based Recovery’ report, published by The County Council’s Network (CCN), highlights the importance local authorities have in driving forward investment, influence and action whilst supporting economic […]

Somerset’s Local Outbreak Management Plan, setting out how the County Council and partners, will prevent and react to local coronavirus outbreaks, has been formally endorsed. Somerset Local Outbreak Engagement Board held its first meeting on Friday 31 July when members considered and backed the plan and its approach. The Board heard that Somerset cases continue […]