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Yeovil Town Football club and Fostering in Somerset joined forces on Saturday 11th February, for an afternoon of family fun and awareness-raising. Sparky the cuddly fostering dragon and The Glovers’ mascot Jolly Green Giant had a warm up with youth players, greeted enthusiastic young fans in the crowd and gave the Glovers a big welcome […]

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A challenging engineering scheme to resurface one of the steepest hills in the country is due to start next month. The A39 at Porlock Hill is reportedly the steepest A road in England and has a gradient of 1 in 4 (25 per cent) in places. As part of Somerset County Council’s planned maintenance programme, […]

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County Council Leader John Osman lobbied hard for Somerset residents during a visit from a key Government minister today (Thursday). Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for local government, was in Wells as part of a whistle-stop visit and in a ‘positive’ meeting Councillor Osman was able to press him on key issues facing the […]

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  Work to improve an historic shopping street in Taunton has been completed – nearly two weeks ahead of schedule. Somerset County Council teamed up with Taunton Deane Borough Council and local traders to replace the tired old paving slabs which were frequently coming loose and requiring temporary repairs. The scheme was planned to take […]

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Somerset County Council’s services for vulnerable children and young people are improving, according to the latest feedback from Ofsted. The letter from inspectors follows a ‘monitoring visit’ last month which looked at how the authority works with children and young people in need of help and protection. It identifies areas of strength and areas where […]

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Somerset will benefit from around £24m of Government funding for five key projects to boost employment and economic growth. Today’s Growth Deal funding announcement from Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy allocated £43.5m to the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP), in which Somerset County Council is a key partner. It […]

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We urgently need people who can offer a safe home to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children arriving from the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe. Somerset County Council has accepted more than 17 unaccompanied children already and more are expected. Most of the children arriving in Somerset are aged 15 or older, travelling from countries including Afghanistan, […]

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Somerset County Council has received £290,000 of funding from the Department for Transport to support technology to cut congestion, speed up journeys and clean up the environment. The funding will enable EDF Energy’s HGVs and park-and-ride buses to use innovative on board technology that will communicate with traffic lights to provide advance phase and timing […]

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Plans for an exciting, new Enterprise Centre in Wiveliscombe were given the go ahead this month. The new, purpose built facility, located on the old Karro Food Group site on Sandy Moor in Wiveliscombe, will provide modern, accessible space for small and growing businesses. Once built, the centre will provide 260 square metres of flexible […]

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A partnership of South West local authorities led by Somerset County Council has successfully bid for Government funding to train a further 49 children’s social workers. The Government’s Step Up to Social Work programme encourages graduates with experience of working with children and young people to train for social work. Student social workers are placed […]

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A key junction where the busy A39 meets the A361 near Ashcott is in line for essential improvements next month. The A39 will be fully resurfaced from the Normans Lane junction to just past the Pipers Inn car park, including the junction with the A361. A specialist high friction road surface and improved road markings […]