The results of yesterday’s Somerset County Council elections are as follows: Conservative                        35 Liberal Democrat                  12 Independent                         3 Labour                                   3 Green Party                           2 The Liberal Party                  0 UK Independence Party     0 Full details of the results for individual divisions and candidates can be found on the elections results page on the authority’s website […]

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service are reminding tobacco retailers that the time is up for old stocks of branded products. When the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 came into force last year – introducing  “plain packaging” for cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco – retailers were given 12 months to sell old stock. […]

Plans for a major engineering scheme in Yeovil are taking shape with teams set to work 24 hours a day to keep disruption to a minimum. The A30 Sherborne Road is showing significant signs of deterioration and it was announced last year that drainage improvement works were needed. Drainage work involves deep excavations under the […]

Volunteers are needed to help support young people or vulnerable adult detainees who enter police custody. Somerset County Council’s Youth Offending Team is appealing for more volunteers to act as ‘Appropriate Adults’ helping young people or vulnerable adults understand what is happening to them whilst in police custody and why. Appropriate adults support and ensure […]

Children in 216 Somerset primary schools are taking part in the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) this year. A full 100 per cent of the County’s primary schools have chosen to take part in the nationwide initiative which aims to help reduce childhood obesity. Parents of Reception and Year 6 children will receive letters about […]

Cooking together, first holidays and going to the seaside are all some of the first special memories foster carers and a former foster child have shared in a heart-warming video marking Foster Care Fortnight. Tommy Wardle, expressed his gratitude to his Foster Carers who he now calls Mum and Dad, for all the special moments […]

One of the main routes through Chard town centre is set for essential maintenance works later this month. Somerset County Council will be resurfacing and improving the A358 Furnham Road as part of its long-term maintenance programme. This involves removing the old surface of the road to an average depth of 50mm before laying a […]

Somerset County Council is encouraging parents and carers to protect children from the harmful effects of the sun at home or abroad this summer. Exposing children to too much sun may significantly increase their risk of skin cancer later in life. Covering up, staying in the shade and using sunscreen are the best ways to […]

A popular collection of books which focus on dementia is expanding to appear in a further five libraries across Somerset. Launching during Dementia Awareness Week (14th to 20th May), the increased collection makes the books and the accompanying ‘Books on Prescription for Dementia’ series even more accessible to Somerset residents. There will now be ten […]

The A358 at Bishops Lydeard will be closed to traffic overnight next week while the final work on the new roundabout is completed. The roundabout is being delivered by contractor SWH Civils on behalf of Taylor Wimpey as part of a legal agreement linked to the construction of new homes in the village. The A358 […]

Somerset County Council’s Youth Equipment Store (YES) has relocated from Hestercombe Gardens, its home for the past 10 years, to Hollies Children’s Centre in South Street, Taunton. The store offers equipment for hire to children and young people’s groups at affordable prices. There is a wide range of equipment available, from camping and hiking tools […]