The £9 million expansion of a Taunton special school took a major step forward today after Somerset County Council’s Cabinet agreed a contractor. Last month, a planning application was submitted for an expansion to Selworthy School, which currently caters for both primary and secondary school pupils with special educational needs/disabilities (SEND). The new Selworthy School […]

Leaders from across the Heart of the South West (HotSW) are set to agree a strategy to double productivity across the region when they meet next month. The first ever HotSW Joint Committee meeting will be held on Friday, 2 March at Plymouth County Council. It is open to the public and will be live […]

Two valued bus services in West Somerset are continuing to run thanks to the joint efforts of parish councils, Somerset County Council and local operators. New operators Atwest and Ridlers Coaches are picking up the number 10 Porlock to Minehead and 11 Minehead town service after Buses of Somerset recently announced that it would be […]

Money

Somerset’s Full County Council today approved a budget that protects key services and includes the largest investment programme in generations. Councillors agreed spending of £316m on services, supported by a 2.99 per cent increase in the County Council’s element of Council Tax and a 3 per cent precept to support vital Adult Social Care services […]

Vital maintenance on the A359 at Strutters Hill near Pitcombe is due to take place later this month. The section of road has embankments on each side with nets in place to catch any loose material which may otherwise fall into the road. Contractors will be removing vegetation, clearing debris from the nets, and replacing […]

Somerset parents, grandparents and carers are advised to take steps to keep babies safe from harm every time they go to sleep. The advice is offered as part of the annual ‘Safer Sleep Week’, organised by the Lullaby Trust (12th-18th March 2018).  The awareness week aims to make sure people know the importance of safer […]

A major joint roadworks scheme in Yeovil is making good progress with the second phase now underway – three weeks ahead of schedule. Thorne Lane has been closed since 8 January while Wessex Water replaces a water main. A developer scheme to connect a new roundabout has been taking place at the same time. This […]

Children and young people in West Somerset are being granted extra help to get involved in extra-curricular activities. Individuals and groups can apply for grants in an initiative which is part of the Government-funded and Somerset County Council-backed West Somerset Opportunity Area (WSOA). Sport, performance classes, music, gym membership or a visit to the skate […]

Councillors today gave the green light to plans for a new Family Support Service in Somerset. The County Council’s Cabinet approved two recommendations that pave the way for a new service that aims to make support for families and children as accessible as possible for those who need it most. The decisions follow public consultation […]

Drivers are advised to plan their journeys carefully when a busy road on the outskirts of Taunton is closed for essential maintenance later this month. A 1.7-mile section of the A361 near Durston between Walford Cross and the Sedgemoor border is showing signs of deterioration and will be fully resurfaced. Due to the narrow width […]