Author Archives: SCC Communications

Volunteering in Somerset during Coronavirus outbreak

Would-be volunteers are reminded they can still help communities and those most in need during the Coronavirus (COVID 19) Pandemic. The five councils in Somerset – Somerset County Council, Mendip District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, South Somerset District Council and Sedgemoor District Council – are working together to coordinate a countywide network of […]

Respect our Rights of Way and keep your distance

Somerset’s public Rights of Way network remains open during the Coronavirus emergency. The County Council is asking everyone to follow the rules on social distancing and use their local routes rather than travelling out into the countryside unnecessarily. We are very fortunate here in Somerset that we have many beautiful places where we can get […]

Council to consider emergency measures via Skype

The special Full Council meeting of Somerset County Council on Friday (March 27) will not go ahead as planned in light of the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. This meeting was scheduled to consider delegating democratic and decision-making arrangements during the pandemic. Cancelling the meeting will avoid elected members having to meet in person and is […]

Residents warned to be vigilant against COVID-19 scams

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service has issued a warning to local residents and businesses to be aware of fraudsters who are trying to exploit fear and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. The outbreak of coronavirus has seen an increase in scams that include counterfeit medical kits that claim to prevent or cure the disease and […]

Don’t suffer in silence – help is at hand

Support continues to be available for Somerset residents affected by domestic abuse with the County Council working closely with partners to make sure services continue during the current health emergency. It is vital that people stay at home or self-isolate to help tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic but that can put strains on relationships. The […]

Funding goes to the grassroots

More than £100,000 of grassroots funding is being awarded across Somerset for community projects that improve lives thanks to a new County Council scheme. The Improving Lives Grants Scheme was created to kick-start and support voluntary and grass-roots initiatives that bring people together and help communities stay connected and thrive. Each of Somerset’s 55 County […]

Young people pioneer groundbreaking initiative

Eleven inspirational projects for young people across Somerset are benefiting from a £50,000 partnership fund aimed at improving lives in the county. Members of Somerset Youth Parliament were trained to decide on competing funding bids, pioneering a move to put young people at the heart of the project. Leader of Somerset County Council David Fothergill […]

Follow the golden rules for safer sleeping

Parents, carers and families in Somerset are being urged to remember the golden rules to promote safer sleep for every baby. Safer Sleep Week starts today (March 9) and aims to make those caring for babies aware of the dos and don’ts of naps and night-time sleeps. Tragically, about four babies die each week in […]

Steel signing marks a milestone

Somerset’s commitment to the vital aerospace industry is set in steel after a milestone was reached in construction of the cutting-edge aerospace innovation centre in Yeovil. Partners in the iAero Centre initiative visited the construction site and signed a steel column at a special ceremony on Thursday (5 March) as work on the construction of […]

Nine in 10 children offered first secondary school choice

More than 98 per cent of Somerset children were offered a secondary school place at one of their top three choices, the County Council’s latest school admission statistics show. Figures just released show that 93.56 per cent received their first choice compared to 94.18 per cent in 2019. Overall, the figures show 98.19 per cent […]