Author Archives: Jess Bushell

Six places to visit in Somerset this summer

From bustling towns offering delicious dishes for all to enjoy, to peaceful countryside hiding historical treasures, Somerset is the perfect place to visit this summer – and by staying local, the local economy will have a much-needed boost too. Somerset County Council is working in partnership with Visit Somerset and Visit Exmoor to encourage people […]

Discover Somerset and support the local economy this summer

Make the most of Somerset and Exmoor this summer and give our local economy a much-needed boost – that’s the message from Somerset County Council in partnership with Visit Somerset and Visit Exmoor. Somerset is a large and varied county with many exciting things to do along the coast and beautiful countryside inland – fun […]

New Leader and Executive confirmed at Somerset County Council

A new Leader and Executive have been announced at Somerset County Council’s Annual General Meeting – the first since May’s elections. Liberal Democrat Councillor Bill Revans was confirmed as Leader of the Council and announced that Cllr Liz Leyshon will take on the role of Deputy Leader. Cllr Mike Best was elected to the post […]

Celebrations for Somerset Care Leaver, Elias, presented with Gold Award at Buckingham Palace 

An inspirational Somerset care leaver spent the day at Buckingham Palace last Friday (20 May) to receive the prestigious Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.    Elias, who spent 3 years in a Somerset foster home before recently moving on to live independently, is believed to be the first Somerset care leaver to achieve a Gold Duke […]

How to access support if you’re sponsoring a Ukrainian refugee

A new webpage has been set up to provide information and support for Somerset households who have volunteered to sponsor Ukrainian refugees.

National action needed to address phosphates issue

Councils in Somerset are a step closer to minimising delay and uncertainty around planning applications which could contribute to unacceptable amounts of phosphates in the Somerset Levels and Moors.

Plans to generate clean energy from old landfill site

A former landfill site near Bridgwater could be used to generate clean energy and save hundreds of tonnes of carbon a year under plans outlined by Somerset County Council this week.

Somerset’s support for Ukrainian refugees

Somerset County Council has today committed £250,000 to support refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine as part of a county-wide response to the humanitarian crisis.

Somerset SEND improvements noted by advisors

Somerset is continuing to deliver real and significant results for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) – as confirmed by a recent monitoring visit by the Department for Education (DfE) and NHS England advisers. The visit highlighted both Somerset County Council’s (SCC) and Somerset NHS Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) commitment […]

Plans to expand Holyrood Academy underway

Plans are underway for a major £6.2m project to expand Holyrood Academy in Chard to increase student numbers and meet growing demand. Chard’s population is growing and in order to meet projected student numbers and demand for school places, Somerset County Council and its partner Futures for Somerset have drawn up plans to increase Holyrood’s […]