Author Archives: Blake Jones

Staplegrove Road resurfacing works to begin shortly

An essential resurfacing scheme on Staplegrove Road in Taunton is planned to take place next month. Highways maintenance teams will be resurfacing 300 metres of road from just southeast of Westerkirk Gate, covering the Manor Road and Showell Park junctions, before finishing northwest of the Showell Park junction on the A358. The works start on […]

Awards double for Squibbers Way project

Construction of the Squibbers Way link road in Bridgwater has landed another prestigious award for its positive impact on the town. Somerset County Council, in partnership with main contractor Whitemountain and AECOM, won the Infrastructure South West Award at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Social Impact Awards 2020. The winners were unveiled last […]

Be kind to yourself and others with Somerset Libraries

Somerset Libraries will be marking Mental Health Awareness Week (18–24 May), with a wide range of helpful videos, resources and activities to join in with over the course of the week. This year’s theme from the Mental Health Foundation is ‘kindness’ in celebration of the amazing demonstrations of kindness we have seen in our communities […]

Public Rights of Way remain open ahead of vegetation cut

Somerset County Council is continuing to ensure that any path safety issues are investigated and resolved as soon as possible during the coronavirus emergency. Public rights of way within Somerset have remained open during the lockdown, with path users advised to follow the Countryside Code and Public Health England guidance regarding social distancing. The 2020 […]

Have fun at home with Somerset libraries

Hundreds of Somerset families are getting involved in a brand-new library offer – run entirely through social media! Library staff are continuing to provide a fun-filled events and activities programme using digital platforms whilst library buildings are temporarily closed. Video story times are attracting thousands of viewers and there are activities to suit all ages, […]

Thank you, Somerset!

Thousands of volunteers, community organisations, charities and all five local authorities have been tirelessly helping people in Somerset get the support they need during the Coronavirus pandemic. Somerset’s five local authorities and the Clinical Commissioning Group are working together with groups and volunteers to support Somerset’s response to Coronavirus. It’s being coordinated via a network […]

Somerset’s councils and healthcare teams are getting in touch with people to check on their welfare

Thousands of people will be contacted by phone or letter over the coming days as all five local authorities in Somerset and the NHS launch a new approach to help and support through the Coronavirus outbreak. Around 70,000 residents will receive a letter which encourages them to  first seek non-medical help and support amongst their […]

Vote now for Squibbers Way as the People’s Choice

The award-winning Squibbers Way in Bridgwater has been shortlisted for another prestigious accolade – and this time you can help pick the winner. Squibbers Way was the name chosen by the people of Bridgwater for the Colley Lane Southern Access Road which opened in December last year with a spectacular squibbing display by Bridgwater Carnival. […]

England Coast Path closed due to a landslip

The England Coast Path (ECP) has been closed between Watchet and Blue Anchor due to a landslip. Somerset County Council is responsible for maintaining the ECP within the county boundaries and closed the path at the weekend in the interest of public safety. An inland diversion is available, and the details for this can be […]

Road deaths decrease in Somerset

The number of deaths on Somerset’s roads decreased from 26 to 22 over the 2019 calendar year. This figure is lower than the targets set by Somerset County Council, and forms part of its long-term goal of casualty reduction. The Council’s road safety team receives police reports following injury collisions and carries out research to […]