An ambitious drive to transform local government in Somerset and save tens of millions of pounds for improved frontline services is now officially underway. Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill has today written to Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, kickstarting the case for One Somerset – A Unitary […]

Offenders taking part in a Community Payback scheme have completed 1,500 hours of work on low-priority highway maintenance activities in Somerset. Somerset County Council has been working in partnership with the Probation Service to trial using offenders to help tidy up the streets. The scheme identifies appropriate highway maintenance jobs – like removing weeds and […]

Pupils and staff celebrated the opening of a stunning new multi-million pound teaching block this week at their Somerset school. The Chevalley building at Bridgwater College Academy, the latest addition in Somerset County Council’s ambitious school builds and expansion programme, was completed last month and boasts state-of-the-art science, humanities and languages teaching spaces which will […]

  A multi-million pound project to upgrade M5 Junction 25 at Taunton reached a key milestone today with the lifting of the beams for a new 15.5m span bridge with a total width of 34m. The Blackbrook Bridge will provide a new arm onto the Junction 25 roundabout, helping ease congestion by increasing the capacity […]

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A digital helping hand is about to be trialled in Somerset to provide tailored support for people with mental health issues or learning disabilities. The County Council is working with Brain in Hand, a personalised app that links the user with their carers and support teams. It provides people with their own specific ways to […]

Somerset County Council is deploying two new teams to boost children’s mental health as part of its programme of support for children and schools available in the county. The initiative has been developed after the County Council and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group won £400,000 in Government trailblazer funding through the Fit for my Future partnership. […]

Vital repair and resurfacing works on the A39 North Street in Bridgwater are due to take place next month. The road is to be resurfaced to restore its profile, protect the foundations and improve skid resistance. Due to the width of the road, and to keep the workforce and travelling public safe, the road will […]

Extra funding to tackle rural isolation by improving public transport links across Somerset has been agreed by councillors. Somerset County Council has today committed investment of £2m over the next three years to provide better access to bus services for residents living in rural areas. The additional money will fund three new Slinky buses and […]

A massive £1m climate change fund has been created by Somerset County Council – thought to be the biggest single investment of its kind in the country. The £1m pot will be available for parish and town councils to bid for green initiatives in their own patch as SCC acts on its decision to sign […]

Ambitious plans to keep children safe by installing an advisory 20mph zone outside every school in Somerset were announced today. Somerset County Council has today committed £1.5m to tackle speeding by rolling out a programme of advisory 20mph zones across the county. Councillor David Fothergill, Leader of Somerset County Council, said: “Every year I know […]