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 […]

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 […]

Somerset County Council today signalled a new approach to help combat climate change, a major investment in 20mph zones outside schools and innovation in social care as it approved its key budget for next year. In the Leader’s speech, Cllr David Fothergill set out ambitious plans that would see over £1m made available next year […]

Works to tackle an ongoing flooding issue near Taunton Station are starting on Monday. The road and pavement near the pedestrian crossing on Clifton Terrace has been prone to flooding in recent times. Somerset County Council investigations identified a collapsed drain deep under the road which requires extensive repairs under a temporary road closure. This […]

Extra help is at hand to support families in Somerset meet and beat challenges before they develop into crises. Somerset County Council is setting aside £200,000 each year for the next three years towards funding community groups working with families with children aged 0-19 who need that extra helping hand. The County Council is working […]

A teen romance that blossomed in Somerset is all set for a happy ending thanks to Somerset County Council’s Registration Service. Laura Payne and Shaun Pilbrow made a spur of the moment decision to enter the Registration Service’s competition to win a wedding – and their answer to the question ‘Why do you want to […]

Everyone needs a bit of help sometimes – especially if you’re a parent of a child or young person with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND). Parents have told us that systems and processes can be confusing and complicated when they’re looking for help. If you do need support you need to know exactly […]

A major road improvement scheme to upgrade the busy Toneway Creech Castle junction in Taunton is on track to start this spring, following a decision taken today. Somerset County Council has developed a design over several years to reduce congestion and improve access to Taunton by increasing the capacity of the junction. The upgrade includes […]