Two major local government bodies have applauded Somerset for helping bring national attention to the pressures on social care. An audience of millions is expected when the first of two Panorama films is broadcast on Wednesday, 29 May. The film crew spent ten months filming the County Council’s Adult Social Care teams, shining a light […]

Libraries across the County are hosting pyjama parties from 3 to 7 June – and distributing books to celebrate BookTrust’s ‘Pyjamarama’ event aimed at getting more children reading. Families are encouraged to wear pyjamas and/or bring in teddy bears to join in with the fun at Pyjamarama themed Toddler Rhyme Times and other activities taking […]

Volunteers are needed this summer to pass their love of reading to Somerset children during this year’s Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge, taking place across all Somerset Libraries. Last year, over 7,400 children took part in the challenge in Somerset and this couldn’t have been achieved without the help of volunteers. Volunteers need to be […]

Somerset local food and drink producers have been put to the test, as part of a programme of annual food sample tests. Trading Standards officers from Somerset, Devon and Torbay have been carrying out the programme in line with Food Law code of practice, to ensure that food is properly described, compliant with required labelling, […]

Kebab shops in Somerset, Devon and Torbay are being warned they must do more to give allergen information to customers. Inspections by Somerset, Devon and Torbay Trading Standards Service found over 40% of kebab takeaways failed to comply with Food Information laws, designed to keep consumers safe from allergens. Between May 2018 and March 2019, […]

The Yeovil Western Corridor improvement scheme is nearing completion with the switch-on of the next two junctions this week. The Western Corridor scheme is a multi-million pound package of improvements by Somerset County Council to increase the capacity of several junctions, reduce congestion and upgrade links for pedestrians and cyclists. It aims to accommodate projected […]

Celebrations took place last week (Friday 17 May) after Priorswood Library’s long-term future was confirmed with the signing of a Community Library Partnership. Library friends, partners, school and nursery children and staff joined together at the library to celebrate the signing of the agreement between The Friends of Taunton Library and Somerset County Council. Last […]

A long-awaited scheme to provide better access to Bridgwater Station and improve the forecourt is due to start next week. The £1.2m project will be delivered by Great Western Railway and funded by Somerset County Council and Sedgemoor District Council using money secured from the Department for Transport and the developers of the Hinkley Point […]

With seasonal growth now appearing on paths across Somerset, volunteers are invited to help protect and maintain the county’s public rights of way. Anyone can help get involved when they are out and about on their favourite Public Footpaths, Bridleways, Restricted Byways and Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATs). All you need to do is […]

Grass-cutting season is here and Somerset County Council will again be cutting more than 9,400km of roadside verge to help keep drivers safe – that’s the distance from Taunton to Sao Paulo. Somerset County Council cuts roadside verges for safety purposes – to preserve visibility, provide space for pedestrians where there is no pavement, and […]