Author Archives: D Porter

Severe weather: Icy roads & school closures

Freezing temperatures are expected again overnight with a @metoffice warning in place for ice and hazardous driving conditions expected. We’re treating the network now and will continue to patrol through the night. Schools: We expect most, if not all schools, to open as usual tomorrow, though that is a decision for the individual schools to make. Schools […]

More chance to have your say on Somerset libraries

Somerset residents will have an extra seven weeks to share their views on the County Council’s proposals for its libraries. The closing date for the consultation has been extended from Sunday 22 April to Wednesday 13 June after listening to feedback from the public, partners, Councillors and communities. Councillor David Hall, Cabinet Member for Resources […]

Cash grants help West Somerset young people

Children and young people in West Somerset are being granted extra help to get involved in extra-curricular activities. Individuals and groups can apply for grants in an initiative which is part of the Government-funded and Somerset County Council-backed West Somerset Opportunity Area (WSOA). Sport, performance classes, music, gym membership or a visit to the skate […]

Contractor agreed for school expansion

The £9 million expansion of a Taunton special school took a major step forward today after Somerset County Council’s Cabinet agreed a contractor. Last month, a planning application was submitted for an expansion to Selworthy School, which currently caters for both primary and secondary school pupils with special educational needs/disabilities (SEND). The new Selworthy School […]

Cabinet gives Family Support Service the green light

Councillors today gave the green light to plans for a new Family Support Service in Somerset. The County Council’s Cabinet approved two recommendations that pave the way for a new service that aims to make support for families and children as accessible as possible for those who need it most. The decisions follow public consultation […]

Have your say on Somerset Libraries’ services

A 12 week consultation got underway today (Monday 29 January) inviting members of the public, businesses and organisations to have their say on the future delivery of Somerset library services. Nine library area summaries are available to view online at http://www.somerset.gov.uk/librariesconsultation showing proposed options for each of Somerset’s 34 libraries. The summaries give detail of […]

Library Services Consultation Announced

A consultation on the future of how Somerset County Council library services could be delivered across Somerset is due to start at the end of this month. A formal decision was taken today to consult on a set of proposals that seek to put the service on a sustainable footing for the long-term, at a […]

EDFs temporary HGV request approved

EDF’s request to temporarily increase HGV movements from 500 to 750 per day until their jetty is fully operational was approved today by the Transport Review Group, subject to completion of a legal agreement. The Transport Review Group, made up of representatives from Somerset County Council, West Somerset Council, Sedgemoor District Council and Highways England, […]

Temporary increase in road deliveries to HPC to be considered later this month

EDF Energy has proposed a temporary increase in the number of road deliveries made to Hinkley Point C, before the completion of the jetty which will allow deliveries by sea. The request to increase the number of HGV movements by up to 250 a day while work continues on the project’s jetty has been made […]

Wreath laid in remembrance

A wreath was laid in Shire Hall today in remembrance of Somerset County Council officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the Great War. This morning Leader of Somerset County Council, Cllr David Fothergill, was joined by Somerset County Council Director, Trudi Grant, and Chairman Cllr William Wallace to lay a wreath in remembrance of […]