Tens of millions of pounds more could be spent on frontline services like bus routes, new schools and climate change work if Somerset changes the way its councils operate, an independent report says. The report was commissioned from external consultants by all four district councils and Somerset County Council as part of discussions over the […]

Nearly 7,000 people benefitted from free health checks for the over 40s last year thanks to the service delivered for Somerset County Council and the NHS. And the checks will continue this year, giving anyone over 40 with the chance to have a free check-up every five years, helping identify those at higher risk of […]

Fizz Free February is coming to Somerset for the first time with the County Council encouraging children, families, organisations and businesses to make the pledge to #gofizzfree for the month. Saturday 1 February marks the start of Fizz Free February meaning it’s time to ditch sugary drinks for 29 days.  It is part of the […]

Improvements to the drainage system in Bruton town centre are taking place next week. Works on the High Street are scheduled to run from Monday 27 January to Friday 31 January and include reconstruction of three gullies and repairs to the underground pipework. Due to the need for deep excavations under the road it will […]

Somerset must seize every chance to improve the lives of its residents – and being on the front foot is essential. That’s the message from Somerset’s Director of Public Health, Trudi Grant, in her annual report considered by Somerset County Council’s Cabinet at its meeting today (Wed). The report cites a wide range of examples […]

Major improvements on a busy road in Wells city centre are being planned to take place next month. The B3139 The Liberty and Tor Street are showing signs of deterioration and have been subject to an increasing number of minor repairs in recent months. The planned scheme will involve removal of the old road surface, […]

The curtain will be going up at Taunton Library and The Brewhouse theatre next month for a special collaboration over the February half-term. Teenagers aged 13-18 can join in ‘Word Play’ – two masterclasses celebrating the spoken word through poetry, story-telling, performances and workshops. Taking place on Wednesday 19 February from 10am-5pm at both Taunton […]

Hundreds of people have taken part in the first Climate Emergency event to help shape a strategy for the county – and there are plenty more opportunities to have your say. The drop-in event in the Glass Box at Taunton Library is the first of four in districts across Somerset, with the events taking place […]

A busy road in Huish Episcopi will be closed for essential resurfacing works next month. The A372 at Ducks Hill is showing signs of deterioration and Somerset County Council is planning extensive repairs along the key route. The scheme is split into phases with prep works, including drainage works, taking place from Monday 3 February […]

Somerset County Council is encouraging schools, families, businesses and individuals in the county to get SUGAR SMART and cut down on the amount of sugar consumed by making simple changes. The Somerset SUGAR SMART campaign launched at Minerva Primary School in Taunton as part of a wider, national drive to reduce sugar consumption by adults […]

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards has launched a new information pack giving farmers all the information they need to help safeguard their herd from Bovine TB. The packs provide information on the regulations surrounding Bovine TB and how to access support from organisations like the National Farmers Union (NFU) and Farming Community Network. The […]