Author Archives: Blake Jones

Utility firm fined for breaching signage rules

A water supply company has received a significant fine after pleading guilty to a roadworks offence which took place earlier this year. Somerset County Council is responsible for managing the road network and prosecuted Wessex Water Services Ltd as part of its commitment to minimising disruption and keeping the public safe. The case, heard at […]

Slamming the brakes on abuse of road workers

Physical and verbal abuse of road workers must stop now, says Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport. The Council is backing a petition to Parliament to make it a specific criminal offence to assault highway workers giving those working on the roads the same protection as emergency workers. Tougher sentences can be […]

Highways team tackles key jobs during half-term

Somerset County Council’s highways teams are going to be taking advantage of the upcoming half-term to carry out important work at two sites in Taunton. A new road gully is being constructed on the corner of Station Road/Belvedere Road in Taunton; the area suffers from persistent flooding and ahead of the middle of winter the […]

Essential resurfacing scheme on key road in Prestleigh

A major scheme to repair a stretch of one of Somerset’s important transport arteries is due to start next week. Somerset County Council is resurfacing the A371 along Prestleigh Hill, as it is showing signs of deterioration with numerous cracks and potholes on the carriageway. The work will begin on Monday 12 October on week […]

Essential resurfacing on key road in Bridgwater

A major scheme to resurface a key road in Bridgwater is planned to take place next week. Somerset County Council will be resurfacing A39 Wembdon Road/North Street as it is showing signs of deterioration with numerous cracks and potholes on the carriageway. The scheme will be carried out under an evening road closure to minimise […]

Resurfacing programme for 2020 completed ahead of schedule

A multi-million pound programme to improve 140 miles of road across Somerset is now complete, weeks earlier than planned. Somerset County Council works with contractors across the county to implement surface dressing; a highly effective maintenance technique for sealing a road, improving skid resistance and making road surfaces watertight. This is vital, as it helps […]

Somerset Libraries launch new personal shopper service as doors begin to reopen

As part of the phased reopening of library buildings later this month, a new ‘personal shopper’ service is being introduced. Somerset County Council will launch the service in Taunton Library on 6 July. Subject to a review, it will then be introduced in Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead and Yeovil on 13 July. It is hoped all remaining […]

Make a difference and feel better with our Rights of Way team!

Somerset’s Rights of Way volunteer community is back active and working with a few adjustments as lockdown continues to ease – and there are plenty of opportunities available to be part of it. Somerset County Council has five volunteering roles in the Rights of Way team, and all can be flexibly adapted to suit your […]

Some Libraries planning to re-open soon!

Somerset Libraries are planning the phased re-opening of library buildings with the aim to start welcoming people back as early as possible in July. It won’t be business as usual straight away, however, and Somerset County Council’s library buildings will look and feel quite different, as some processes temporarily change. Social distancing measures will be […]

Get Digitally Silly This Summer!

This year sees the return of the ever-popular Summer Reading Challenge with a slight twist; a new digital platform called the “Silly Squad” will offer lots of fun and exciting adventures to keep children between 4 and 11 years old entertained. Whilst the Summer Reading Challenge will only be available online in 2020, it still […]