Author Archives: SCC Communications

Be a champion for your community

The clock is ticking down on the deadline for candidates to come forward if they want to stand for election in Somerset in May. There are around five weeks to go before nominations close for those interested in standing as one of Somerset’s community champions at county or local level. Candidates can also attend a […]

It’s never too early to apply for a postal or proxy vote

There are a number of ways to have your say in the elections on 5 May – you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, which is known as a proxy vote, and it is never too early to apply for a postal […]

New primary school marks a milestone

A new £7.3 million primary free school planned for Taunton will be sponsored by The Castle Partnership Trust following Government approval, marking an important milestone in the school’s journey. The eventual 420-place primary, with early years provision, is set to become Somerset’s first net zero carbon school, and only the third ‘passivhaus’ school in the […]

Work under way on £7m Chard school expansion

Work is well under way on a major £7m project to expand Holyrood Academy in Chard to accommodate more students and meet growing demand. Contractors BAM have started work on the site on the Academy campus, beginning with the safe demolition of the former Cresta swimming pool. The new building will be all-electric and fitted […]

Restart and Recovery Fund to the rescue

A dedicated wildlife rescue team in Somerset is looking forward to a brighter New Year thanks to a grant from Somerset County Council. Secret World Wildlife Rescue, based in Highbridge, was one of the successful bidders to a share of the Council’s £500,000 Somerset Business Restart and Recovery Programme launched in late summer 2021. The […]

Coronavirus Helpline’s 17,000th caller

A dedicated helpline set up to provide a single point of contact for Somerset residents at the start of the coronavirus pandemic has now taken more than 17,000 calls. Somerset’s Coronavirus Helpline was launched in April 2020 by the five Somerset councils (Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset County Council, Somerset West and Taunton […]

Downing Street invitation for SCC

Somerset County Council joined others from health and social care across the country for a 10 Downing Street reception hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to thank all who worked so hard during the Covid-19 pandemic. Anna Littlewood, Deputy Director for Adult Social Care, took the chance to highlight and praise the extraordinary work carried […]

Springboard the launch pad for skills boost

Small and medium size businesses in Somerset can boost their staff training for free thanks to a new £265,000 project being launched by Somerset County Council in partnership with the Dorset and Somerset Training Provider Network (DSTPN). Contracts have just been signed with four training providers – Aspire Training, Bridgwater and Taunton College, Hair Academy […]

Ground-breaking start for a ground-breaking project

  A ground-breaking ceremony has heralded the start of construction of a ground-breaking project for Somerset. The £11m Digital Innovation Centre, to be developed by Somerset County Council on Somerset West and Taunton Council’s Firepool regeneration site in Taunton, will build on local strengths in the digital sector and form a key part of plans […]

Somerset secures £3.6m for Community Renewal

Projects in Somerset are to benefit by more than £3.6m thanks to successful bids to the Government’s UK Community Renewal Fund. The Fund was launched in the March Budget to provide funding opportunities before the launch of the Shared Prosperity Fund. Somerset County Council, working with District Councils, submitted the funding bids on behalf of […]