Author Archives: Jess Bushell

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 […]

Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

View all the content created and shared for HMD2021 below: Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, Annie Maw’s message for us all on this Holocaust Memorial Day. The lighting of the candles Leonard Daniels on the Anne Frank Awards A video collage created by Year 9 students at Castle school, Taunton. Superintendent Andy Benett on hate crime Somerset […]

Only book a Coronavirus test if you have symptoms

‘Only book a Coronavirus test if you have symptoms’, says Chair of Somerset’s Local Coronavirus Engagement Board as demand for tests surge nationally. Local Coronavirus testing sites are up and running across Somerset, but demand for slots is increasing with 7000 people tested in Somerset last week alone. Test sites are commissioned by the Department […]