With winter fast approaching, highways teams in Somerset are ready to grit 720 miles of road every time frost, ice or snow is predicted. Because of the huge financial pressures facing Somerset County Council due to falling Government funding combined with rising costs and demand for services, a decision to reduce the budget available for […]

The Somerset Libraries redesign report published earlier this week recommends Somerset County Council continues to run a library building in Shepton Mallet, but its exact location is still to be decided. The existing library building provides limited opportunities to improve the current library service (for example, increasing opening hours) and doesn’t represent good value for […]

The Chairman of Somerset County Council has presented four cave divers with the authority’s first ever awards for bravery. As part of his annual Chairman’s Awards, Councillor Nigel Taylor gave commemorative shields for valour to the local heroes involved in the dramatic Thai cave rescue earlier this year. Chris Jewel, Connor Roe, Josh Bratchley, and […]

Recommendations for the future of Somerset’s Libraries Service were unveiled today (16 October), with a final decision expected to be made next month (5 November). A detailed report was published online, which sets out how Somerset’s Libraries Service would continue to be delivered across the County. It recommends that 19 existing library buildings be retained […]

On Monday (15 October) the first of a number of county-wide events takes place to hear local people’s views on health and care in Somerset, and explore how it could change in future. Somerset CCG, the NHS acute hospital trusts, Somerset Partnership (mental and community health services), and Somerset County Council have jointly launched a […]

 Well-known literary figures, comedians, celebrities and local authors will descend on Somerset this month as the County Council’s library helps host the Yeovil’s Literary Festival. Yeovil Library has teamed up with The Octagon Theatre, Waterstones Yeovil and Yeovil Community Arts Association to host the sixth annual Yeovil Literary Festival. The 2018 festival takes place from […]

The Chilton Trinity Youth Club in Bridgwater has achieved Somerset County Council’s ‘Safe and Welcoming’ award. Chilton Trinity Youth Club is a popular new club, set in beautiful surroundings and supported by volunteers from the community.  The club provides a safe and relaxed environment for young people to socialise and unwind with their friends. The […]

  Libraries across Somerset are marking National Libraries this week (8-13 October) with a range of events and activities – with a particular focus on ‘wellbeing’.  Highlights include a joint story-time on Saturday 13th October at 11am with libraries reading Nick Sharratt’s ‘Shark in the Park’ together, and ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ to mark World Mental Health […]

Businesses, schools and communities in Bridgwater are being invited to sign-up to the next stage of an initiative to change the way people travel in and around the town. Phase two of The Bridgwater Way, run by Somerset County Council and funded by EDF Energy, aims to ease traffic congestion and make it easier for […]

Children from Selworthy School have been helping lay the first bricks of their new Hazelbrook Campus. The youngsters joined representatives from Somerset County Council to kick-off construction of the £9m building which will provide an extra 80-100 places for pupils with a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities(SEND), including autism. It’s purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities […]