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Public invited to help shape local democracy in Somerset, as consultation launched

A public consultation on the development of Local Community Networks (LCNs) has been launched. People are encouraged to have their say on plans to develop LCNs across the county, to support decision-making at its most local level. You’ll find the link to the consultation HERE. Opinions are being sought on a range of aspects, from […]

Specialists appointed to take Somerset arts and culture strategy forward

Specialist partners have been appointed to help develop a five-year cultural strategy for the new Somerset Council that comes into being in April 2023. Arts Council England, in partnership with Somerset’s five councils – Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset West and Taunton, and South Somerset district councils, plus Somerset County Council – have committed to invest in […]

Arts front and centre thanks to funding award

Arts and culture across Somerset are set to benefit from the creation of a Somerset Cultural Strategy following a £30,000 grant awarded by Arts Council England. Over the next year, the aim is to produce a five-year cultural strategy for the new unitary Somerset Council which comes into being in April 2023. Community priorities will […]

Somerset plants almost 20,000 trees under the Queen’s Green Canopy

Almost 20,000 trees have been planted in Somerset by more than 200 individuals and organisations as part of the Queens Green Canopy initiative. On the last day of the official tree planting season, which ran from October to March, Her Majesty The Queen sent the following thank-you message to all those people in the United […]

Election results:

The results of yesterday’s Somerset County Council elections are as follows: Liberal Democrat: 61                  Conservative: 36 Green Party: 5                           Labour: 5 Independent: 3                              Full details of the results for individual divisions and candidates can be found on the elections results page on the authority’s website  The results mean that Liberal Democrats take overall control of […]

#SomersetVotes tomorrow

Thousands of Somerset residents will be making their way to the ballot box for the County Council elections tomorrow (5 May 2022). Some 434,000-plus residents are eligible to vote for two of the 337 prospective councillors vying for their support today with 110 seats available across the county as Somerset prepares for the biggest change in […]

Polls open in just one week

Voters in Somerset will be heading for the polls in just a week’s time – and will be able to cast their vote for two candidates in the County Council election on 5 May. This year’s election is different as 110 councillors will be elected – two in each of the 55 divisions – as […]

Make sure you’re ready to vote on 5 May

With just under two weeks before people in Somerset go to the polls voters are being urged to get ready for the forthcoming local elections. Voters will already have a poll card informing them where they should go to cast their vote. Voters will be allocated to a polling station based on their home address. […]

Time ticking down for postal votes

Somerset residents planning to vote by post in the 5 May local elections have just a week left to submit their application. Voters must complete the form and make sure it is received by the electoral services team in their local district council – Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset West and Taunton, or South Somerset – by […]

Poll cards arriving

Polling cards for the election for the new Somerset Council, town and parish councils on Thursday 5 May are arriving on doormats across the county.  Somerset residents are being advised to check their poll card to make sure that they know which polling station they need to use on 5 May as some locations have […]