Author Archives: Jess Bushell

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 […]

Essential drainage and resurfacing work on A361 at Bere Lane

A major scheme to repair drains and resurface a key route in Glastonbury is planned to take place in August. The A361 at Bere Lane is showing signs of deterioration with numerous cracks and potholes on the carriageway. The scheme combines drainage work and resurfacing to reduce the frequency of closures in the area and […]

Toneway Creech Castle upgrade set to be postponed to support economic recovery

A major road improvement scheme to upgrade the busy Toneway Creech Castle junction in Taunton is set to be postponed until next year to support the economy as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. Somerset County Council originally planned to begin work in April 2020 but this was temporarily paused due to the start of […]

Two resurfacing schemes brought forward to take advantage of quieter roads

Highways workers are taking advantage of the quieter roads across the county by bringing forward two essential resurfacing schemes in the next two weeks. Due to high levels of traffic on busy roads, it can be difficult to plan works that require a road closure. However, with traffic levels still reduced, Somerset County Council has […]

Essential maintenance to take place on main road near Bridgwater

Vital maintenance work is due to take place on the A39 Bath Road at Bawdrip near Bridgwater next month. Due to the importance of this route, and keeping in line with the Government’s new guidance identifying highways maintenance workers as essential, Somerset County Council will be resurfacing Bath Road to restore its profile, protect the […]

Keeping Somerset’s roads safe during the coronavirus emergency

Highways maintenance teams across Somerset will be stepping up works to keep highways safe for the NHS, emergency services, delivery vehicles and other essential workers travelling across the county. Somerset County Council, like most local authorities, scaled back some routine highways maintenance, except emergency works, following the introduction of social distancing measures in response to […]

Vital maintenance to take place on main Bridgwater road

Essential maintenance work is due to take place on the A38 Bristol Road, Dunball in Bridgwater next week. Somerset County Council will be resurfacing Bristol Road to restore its profile, protect the foundations and improve skid conditions. The road will need to be closed while these works take place to ensure the safety of the […]