All Somerset’s libraries are inviting children to become Mischief Makers in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, celebrating the 80th anniversary of The Beano. Starting in Somerset libraries from tomorrow (Saturday 14 July), all children have to do is visit their local library and sign up to read six books throughout the summer. As they read each […]

More volunteers and community groups are being urged to get involved with a ground-breaking project to restore historic signposts in Somerset. In response to stretched finances, the Somerset Fingerpost Restoration Project was set up by Somerset County Council and the Southwest Heritage Trust in 2016 to help preserve and protect the signs by harnessing the […]

Somerset County Council’s Customer Service team has been crowned the best customer contact centre of its size in the region. Triumphing over tough opposition from across the public and private sectors, Somerset Direct netted the South West Contact Centre of the Year Award. As well as being crowned the best in the South West, Somerset […]

The second ever Somerset Moto Fest will take place in September, a free event for everyone with a passion for motors be they four-wheeled or two. Organised by Somerset County Council’s road safety team, the event will be held on 15 and 16 September at the world-famous Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovil. There will […]

Visitors to Taunton Library’s Glass Box will be able to bag themselves self-branded t-shirts and bags this month. They can try out some of its digital technology and ‘maker space’ equipment in the digital skills hub at the library on 18 July, from 2.30-4.30pm. The Glass Box aims to give schools, colleges, businesses and other […]

After 30 years of service, Somerset County Council is intending to take a decision to close Cresta swimming pool in Chard at the end of the summer in the face of £1m repair and refurbishment costs. A recent survey has estimated what needs to be spent to replace failing pumps and other essential equipment, as […]


  Financial sustainability is the top priority, key councillors at Somerset County Council heard this week. On Monday a meeting of the authority’s Cabinet received an update on finances and projected budget pressures for the rest of the financial year. Leader of the Council, Councillor David Fothergill, made it clear that while there are big […]

People who travel around Taunton are invited to have their say on a new transport strategy for the town. As a growing town with aspirations to deliver new homes and jobs, it is vital that changes to Taunton’s transport networks are guided by a long term strategy. Taunton – Connecting our Garden Town has been […]

Over 7,000 Somerset residents and organisations took part in a 19-week library service redesign consultation, Somerset County Council’s Scrutiny Committee heard today. A presentation on the top-level consultation results was delivered to Scrutiny Committee Members showing that 7,015 responses were in total received from a wide section of communities across Somerset. Survey respondents were asked […]

Somerset County Council is promoting career opportunities in the early years and childcare sector. People who work with our youngest children, supporting and inspiring them have some of the most important jobs in the world. Somerset needs more people to work in the early years and childcare sector so we can provide more places and […]