Children Social Work Care

Key Somerset County Councillors heard of Ministerial praise of ‘significant’ and ‘tangible’ improvements in its Children’s Services. Cabinet members were updated on progress in the service, which included a letter from Edward Timpson, the Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families, to Leader of the council, John Osman. The letter follows four reviews by […]


Families in the South West are invited to “Be Food Smart” when Public Health England’s (PHE) Change4Life roadshow travels to towns and cities across the region. Recent reports show that childhood obesity in England has reached alarming rates. Currently, 21.9% of 4 to 5-year-olds are overweight or obese in the South West, increasing to 30.3% in […]


Somerset County Council Libraries are marking Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January) to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. All Somerset Libraries will have copies of the Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) booklet produced by the HMD Trust, and customers can pick up a booklist of appropriate titles to read. Holocaust […]


Fewer potholes, more work for local businesses and more satisfied communities are among the goals of a new multi-million pound highways contract for Somerset signed today. Somerset County Council and Skanska have agreed a deal for highways maintenance in the county which will run from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2024, with the option […]

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A vital scheme to repair and resurface the busy A38 through Taunton has been confirmed to start later this month. Somerset County Council will be carrying out essential maintenance on the stretch of road between Shuttern and Mansfield Road between Monday 30 January and Friday 10 February. In order to keep disruption to a minimum, the […]

top-ten-qualities for fostering

To kick off Somerset Fostering Week (23-29 January 2017) Somerset County Council and ‘Sparky’ the dragon are sharing the ‘Top Ten’ qualities people need to foster. In the first countywide awareness raising week of its kind, the County Council is urging people to consider if they have the right qualities to start a new and […]

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Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council has welcomed the findings in the Hendry review on tidal power as “a significant step forward.” Charles Hendry’s independent report into the technology’s viability said it would make a “strong contribution” to the UK’s energy supply. Hendry said it was cost effective and would bring “significant economic opportunity”. The UK […]

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A TEMPORARY one-way system will be introduced in Wylds Road, Bridgwater on January 23 to enable EDF Energy’s work to begin on improvements to two key road junctions in the town. It will allow EDF Energy to carry out a highway upgrade as part of the development consent order for Hinkley Point C. Improvements include […]

The Leader of Somerset County Council has criticised a proposed pay rise of more than 25 per cent for the head of a government-backed regional business partnership. Somerset County Council will be voting against the pay rise for the Chief Executive Officer of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, which is tasked […]


A safe walking and cycling route between North Petherton and Bridgwater is now available after major highways works. A new footpath and cycleway and signals at the Huntworth Roundabout have been installed in response to concerns about pedestrian safety. The works finished in December 2016 and a formal route assessment has now found the route […]