Author Archives: John Strange

£100,000 boost for Flood Action Plan work

The 20 Year Flood Action Plan was celebrating a £100,000 boost for crucial work to encourage natural flood management on the Somerset Levels and Moors, following recent awards to two of its partner organisations from the Prince’s Countryside Fund. The Royal Bath & West Society (RB & W) was awarded £50,000 which will go hand […]

Next step for Parrett Barrier

Over the summer, an interim technical report has been drafted about the options for a Parrett Barrier and it has been published today (December 10th).  The report brings together – and updates – the wealth of information that has been gathered over the past eight years from various organisations such as the Environment Agency, Sedgemoor […]

Defra and local partners set up Somerset Rivers Authority

Local people in Somerset will be better able to manage flood risk after the Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss announced £1.9 million funding for the Somerset Rivers Authority today that will enable it to start work next year. The Authority will receive £2.7 million in total from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), […]

District meetings to give flooding reassurance

Districts around Somerset are to host meetings over the coming weeks to reassure communities and provide information on flooding as the winter approaches. The meetings were agreed as a joint action by the District Councils and other partners of the 20 Year Flood Action Plan – with the first being held this Monday (November 24) […]

Listening. Learning. Changing

Like all local authorities, our income is falling while demand for our services is rising. We estimate we need to make around £30m of savings if we are to balance our budget next year and live within our means. This means making difficult decisions. When making those decisions we want to know what’s important to […]

Charity Abseil Down County Hall

Take part in a charity abseil down one of Taunton’s tallest buildings on Thursday 3 or Friday 4 April* and raise vital funds for three great charities. Somerset County Council has joined forces with FLAG (Flood Action Group) and Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service to organise a charity abseil down County Hall’s C-Block. […]

Community update – Somerset Levels Flooding

Produced on behalf of the multiple agencies supporting those affected by the floods. For latest weather forecasts, visit the Met Office For flood warnings, visit or call 0345 988 1188. Latest news Opening of Monks Leaze Clyce and use of pumps at Beer Wall Due to reducing water levels in the local rivers, the Environment Agency […]

New centre for flooding donations

Thanks to the hard work of all the organisers and volunteers, a more suitable place has been secured and set up for the donations and collections for flood victims. The new centre is located at The Old Somerfield distribution centre, Huntworth Business Park, Junction 24 Bridgwater TA6 6PS Bridgwater MOTO motorway services is off junction 24, […]

Community update – Somerset Levels Flooding

Thursday 13th February 2014 Produced on behalf of the multiple agencies supporting those affected by the floods. For latest weather forecasts, visit the Met Office For flood warnings, visit Environment Agency or call (0345 988 1188). Latest news You said – we did At the public meeting in Huntworth yesterday evening, you told us you were […]

Useful contacts for help and support

If you prefer you can read a text only version You can also download a poster of this information.