The latest national figures confirm that 20 million people across the country have now been offered the COVID jab. Locally, the NHS vaccination programme in Somerset has also reached a new milestone, with over 200,000 vaccinations given to people in the highest priority groups. Health and care teams have continued to work extremely hard to […]

A free Somerset County Council Taunton town centre shuttle service has been launched to get people straight to their vital vaccination slot. The Covid vaccination shuttle bus service starts today, Monday 1 March, following feedback, and will run every 30 minutes from Castle Way in Taunton town centre to Taunton Racecourse – one of Somerset’s […]

The tragic consequences of coronavirus on care staff and residents has been laid bare in a powerful account by a Somerset care home…

Hundreds of dead and dying trees bordering a busy road have been cleared by Somerset County Council’s Highways Team and partner agencies.   The operation on Plummer’s Lane (B3135) near Cheddar targeted 250 trees affected by ash dieback, (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus), a fungus that will kill or seriously effect over 95 per cent of our ash […]

Somerset Libraries are delighted to announce that from Monday 8th March, almost all libraries will be reopening, offering a limited service as lockdown measures start to ease.  A new ‘Reading Friends’ befriending service will also be launched for those who may feel lonely or isolated in these continuing times. Libraries will initially be open in […]

A series of experts’ reports have been published today analysing Stronger Somerset – a proposal to replace Somerset’s existing five councils with two new unitary authorities and a separate children’s services alternative delivery vehicle, shared services company, and a combined authority for the area. The Government is currently considering changing the way local councils work […]

Somerset County Council has reaffirmed its commitment to care workers today promising them full pay for Covid-related absences – on top of committing to an additional £10m for adult social care services next year. The announcement comes following negotiations between UNISON and the Council, and means that if care workers are required to self-isolate they […]

A record number of Somerset young people waking up today (1 March) will discover which secondary school they’ll attend from this September – with 98 per cent offered a place at one of their top three choices. Despite the largest number of secondary school applications ever received (4654 this year compared to 4512 in 2020), […]

Press release on behalf of the five Somerset Councils Somerset’s four districts councils and the county council have been working hard to minimise delay and uncertainty around planning applications following recent guidance over unacceptable amounts of phosphates in the Somerset Levels and Moors Ramsar site. The local authorities are working in partnership to develop a […]

Somerset has a key role to play in the bid to develop a new Great Western Freeport – a project which could create thousands of jobs and boost the region’s reputation as a leader in high-value design and innovation. A freeport is a space for businesses to import goods and materials, add value to them […]

Somerset’s Director of Public Health has urged people to be ‘cautious and sensible’ after the government’s roadmap out of lockdown has been revealed. Trudi Grant has warned that if people act irresponsibly, the risk of virus rates rising sharply again is very real. Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled his plan earlier this week.  The first […]