Author Archives: Andrew Doyle

Climate Change and school speeding drivers targeted in big Council initiatives

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 […]

Need some extra help?

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 […]

Budget plans set out thriving and ambitious future for Council

New schools, investment in roads, a boost to local jobs and a dramatically improved financial outlook on a year ago were outlined by Somerset county councillors today. As well as the investment in services, there was a repeated commitment to no further frontline job cuts at the Council’s Cabinet meeting. Monday’s (10 February), Cabinet agreed […]

Have your say on enterprise centre proposal

You can have your say on a proposal to bring an enterprise centre to Chard at a public drop-in event next week. Somerset County Council is considering investing in and creating the  centre to support local businesses and to promote business growth. The Council is looking at the potential demand in the town and Chard […]

£15m of school expansions another landmark in ambitious programme

Work to create nearly 600 new secondary places in Somerset is progressing apace with this January seeing the completion of the first of two major projects. Later this month the first pupils will be welcomed into a new Somerset County Council-funded £8 million expansion of Bridgwater College Academy. The project has been managed by Futures […]

Cliff-top B3191 Cleeve Hill re-opens

We’re pleased to confirm the B3191 West Street, Cleeve Hill near Watchet has now been re-opened to traffic. The road was closed due to alerts from sensors placed on the cliff face. Following a detailed survey of the cliff face, and examination of the data information from the site, it has been concluded the road […]

Pop into Bridgwater shop and support young people’s valuable work experience

  There’s an opportunity to pick up some unique gifts and support a valuable initiative in the run-up to Christmas. A highly successful retail project, and involving pupils from special schools across the county is providing vital work experience for young people and next week it came to Bridgwater. Finding proper work experience when you’re […]

OT Week 2019 – Somerset’s Small Change Big Impact Stories

It’s Occupational Therapy Week (4-10 November), and we’re celebrating the small changes occupational therapists make that have a big impact on the people they support. Here are some of our OT stories from Somerset about the impactful changes they make every day… Bob What was the challenge? Bob was living on his own with a […]

Your spare room could change a teenager’s life

Somerset County Council is highlighting the urgent need to recruit more ‘Stepping Stones’ carers to support young teens as they enter adult life this National Care Leavers’ Week (28 October – 3 November). Stepping Stones carers support young people leaving care, helping them make the step into independent adulthood and gain crucial life skills and […]

Pupils and staff at village school toast £300k upgrade

Children and staff have been celebrating the completion of a new £300,000 extension and IT upgrade at their Somerset school. Thanks to a Somerset County Council-funded project, Milborne Port School has seen its roll increase from 180 to 210, with pupils now able to enjoy a state-of-the-art learning space. At the same time, the school, […]