Author Archives: Andrew Doyle

#MakeLockdownCountSomerset

Our fantastic key workers in Somerset are leading a campaign to deliver a vital message for everyone – let’s all make the last week of lockdown count and keep coronavirus infection rates down. Doctors, nurses, critical care teams, police, ambulance crews, firefighters and staff from Somerset County Council as well as Royal Navy personnel are […]

Secondary age pupils required to wear face coverings on school transport

Somerset County Council now requires all secondary age pupils to wear face coverings on dedicated school transport with immediate effect, unless they are exempt.   Pupils are already required to wear face coverings in communal areas in secondary schools and this approach is being extended to all vehicles operating home to school transport.   These […]

Councils assess impact on town centres

The impact of the new lockdown on town centres in Somerset and what that means for schemes designed to aid social distancing and encourage walking and cycling is being assessed. Several temporary measures currently remain in place such as one-way systems in Bridgwater and Glastonbury, and pedestrianisation in Taunton, Yeovil, and Wells. Somerset’s Active Travel […]

Oscar Mayer, Chard: Joint Statement by Leaders of Somerset County Council and South Somerset District Council

“We were saddened to hear the news of the potential loss of Oscar Mayer and 860 jobs from their factories in Chard. This is a blow to the economy and the community of Chard at what is already a challenging time. We are committed to working together to support all those at risk of losing […]

Temporary one-way system for Glastonbury High Street

A one-way system is to be introduced temporarily to Glastonbury High Street to support social distancing and the control of coronavirus. The measure will start on 26 October during half term and will last for a number of weeks with an end date yet to be confirmed. Key details:• The one-way system on High Street […]

Key works at busy Yeovil junction

Important surface repair works to a busy Yeovil junction begin later this month. The essential repairs work on the A30 Sherborne Road centres on the junction with Lyde Road and is scheduled to run from Monday 26 October to Friday 6 November 2020. The work involves minor patch repairs and manhole repairs. All efforts have […]

A metre and half is the safe way to pass

Overtaking too closely endangers the lives of cyclists and horse riders – that’s the key message behind a major new campaign this October, backed by Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team, Avon and Somerset Police, and Taunton Area Cycle Campaign. Operation Close Pass involves taking action against motorists who endanger cyclists and horse riders by […]

Somerset highway schemes scoop more top awards

Two Somerset County Council highway projects have been recognised with prestigious awards at regional and national level. The scheme to build the Colley Lane Southern Access Road – or Squibbers Way – in Bridgwater, delivered in partnership with Whitemountain and AECOM, has landed two more awards at the ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards – […]

Know what to do if your child starts to display Coronavirus symptoms

  A new ‘Somerset Covid Checker’ launches this week to support parents in knowing what actions to take if their child starts to display Coronavirus symptoms. Somerset’s Coronavirus Engagement Board launched the new ‘Covid Checker’ to help parents know what to do if their child starts to display Coronavirus symptoms, tests positive, someone in their […]

Message of support to pupils and staff after difficult exam confusion

The achievements of young people in Somerset should not be forgotten in the confusion of the past week, says Somerset County Council’s Education Cabinet Member. On GCSE results day Councillor Faye Purbrick has sent a personal message of support on behalf of the Council to all students and staff after a rollercoaster two weeks during […]