‘National Adoption Week’ launches on 16 October to raise awareness of the number of children waiting to be adopted. Somerset County Council has launched a ‘have a heart’ campaign to encourage people to either consider adopting a child or to help spread the word about the urgent need for more adopters. Many people in Somerset […]

A consultation on potential changes the way support is provided to families in Somerset, including the role of Sure Start Children’s Centres, launches today. Anyone with an interest is encouraged to give their views on the Family Support Service proposals which aim to make support as accessible as possible for those who need it most. […]

A major engineering scheme to upgrade drainage on a busy road near Bradford-on-Tone starts next week. The section of Oake Road from the Tone Green junction to the old canal bridge has been prone to flooding in the past. This scheme will replace a very old drainage system which regularly blocks with bigger pipes and […]

The next phase of essential drainage improvements on a key road in West Somerset is due to take place early next month. The A39 at Dragon Cross near Bilbrook has historically been affected by flooding with emergency closures in 2011/12 causing widespread problems and leaving some drivers stranded. Work to improve the pipework under the […]

Top authors will descend on Somerset next week as the County Council’s library helps host the town’s fifth Yeovil Literary Festival. The 2017 Festival takes place from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 October with a packed programme of great authors, comedians, entertainers and broadcasters. Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Resources and […]

Over 200 young carers regularly receive help and support from Somerset County Council – but it is keen to reach others. Young carers are unpaid carers under 18 who give their time to provide regular care for a disabled or unwell relative, whilst also attending school and managing the usual changes of growing up. Somerset […]

The public is being invited to have its say on proposed changes to the Somerset County Council’s Education Travel Policy. The Council currently spends around £11.5m a year transporting roughly 9,500 pupils to schools across the county. The policy sets out the criteria for when children are eligible for financial assistance for their transport to […]

Countryside lovers are being invited to step forward and help protect and maintain Somerset’s public rights of way which is in excess of 6000km (3,728 miles) through the ‘Adopt a Path’ scheme. Walkers, cyclists and horse riders can help support Somerset County Council’s Rights of Way team when they are out and about on their […]

Business, organisations and residents are being asked for their views on plans to drive up productivity in Somerset and across the Heart of the South West area. All councils in Somerset and Devon, along with the Local Enterprise Partnership, the two National Park Authorities and the three Clinical Commissioning Groups, are working in partnership to […]

Part of Main Road, Cannington, will close from Monday 23 to Friday 27 October in order to safely carry out work to widen three pedestrian islands around the Cannington south roundabout for cyclists. The closure will take place between Cannington village and the Main Road Roundabout in order to carry out essential works for a […]

Somerset County Council is supporting the Public Health England and NHS joint Stay Well This Winter campaign which launches in Somerset today with the national flu programme now available to all eligible people. The Stay Well This Winter campaign will help the most vulnerable people in Somerset prepare for winter and avoid having to visit […]