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Board urges people to follow government guidelines as Mendip sees increase in positive coronavirus cases

The Somerset Local Outbreak Engagement Board is urging people in the Mendip area to stay vigilant after a significant rise in positive coronavirus cases. Although the rates of infection remain low in Somerset as a whole, there is an increase in numbers in the county with more cases emerging in Mendip. Of the 59 new […]

Cycling and walking improvements near busy Creech Castle junction to start next month

Advance works to improve cycling and walking facilities near the busy Creech Castle junction in Taunton are due to start early next month. Somerset County Council originally planned to start work on a major improvement scheme on the Toneway Creech Castle junction in April 2020 but this was postponed until 2021 to support the local […]

Areas identified for further improvements to support Cycling and Walking in Somerset

More permanent measures are planned across Somerset to install further, more permanent schemes to cement cycling and walking habits. In a bid to secure the second tranche of funding from The Department for Transport’s £250m emergency active travel fund*, The Active Travel Group has worked together and taken onboard community feedback to identify opportunities for […]

Help further improve Somerset’s Streets

Members of the public are urged to have their say on temporary walking and cycling measures in Somerset. A number of temporary measures, including pedestrianised high streets, introduced to encourage social distancing and positively support the safe movement of pedestrians and cyclists, have now been in operation for around 4 weeks.  Feedback and information on […]

Somerset’s Public Health advise Burnham on Sea’s Businesses at Chamber meeting

Public health officials have been working with businesses in Burnham-on-Sea to give advice on how to react to a positive or suspected Covid-19 case at their premises. This comes as a second positive case has recently been identified in the town. These cases are not thought at this time to be linked. Somerset’s Public Health […]

£120k for temporary measures to encourage walking and cycling

Somerset has been allocated £120,000 in emergency funding for temporary measures to encourage walking and cycling. The Department for Transport has now confirmed details of the first £45m from its £250m emergency active travel fund*. The five Local Authorities in Somerset have been working with the police and other partners to identify a list of […]

Coronavirus Public Health Messages – on the Road

Vital public health messages are going mobile in Somerset as Somerset County Council uses its fleet of highways vehicles to spread the word about some of the best ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19. From this week, around 29 Council vans will be seen around the Yeovil, Taunton, Minehead, Glastonbury and Bridgwater areas sporting […]

Remain ‘Alert’ to keep Somerset’s COVID-19 rates low

Somerset residents are urged to continue to follow Public Health guidance after new COVID-19 data released shows the infection rate in the County remains low compared to other areas. As of 27 May 2020, the Office of National Statistics show there were 672 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Somerset with 147 individuals sadly losing their […]

Winner announced for children’s “Healthy, Happy and Safe” Logo Competition

Children in Somerset were asked to get creative and take part in a campaign to design a logo for a new ‘Healthy, Happy and Safe’ campaign aimed at countering the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. The competition called for local children, including those currently in schools, to design an eye-catching logo to accompany the campaign. […]

Children asked to help with new Somerset “Healthy, Happy and Safe” Campaign

Children in Somerset are being encouraged to take part in a campaign to design a logo for a new ‘Healthy, Happy and Safe’ campaign aimed at countering the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Healthy Somerset website – run by Somerset County Council’s Public Health team, has been updated to provide key information on dealing […]