Author Archives: Mark Ford

Primary pupils leave their mark on the SEIC

Primary school pupils from Bridgwater have today (25 April) been leaving their mark on the landmark Somerset Energy Innovation Centre (SEIC). The SEIC has been created to support businesses in the nuclear and low carbon energy supply chain and construction of its £6.5m second phase is well underway. Today children from the Eco Team at […]

A39 road closures in West Somerset

Please be aware that the A39 is closed tonight (Wednesday 18 April) at Billbrook in West Somerset from 18.30 until 23.30. The road was due to be open tonight after the completion of essential resurfacing work, but this was delayed due to the weather. A planned closure affecting the A39 at Carhampton has been delayed […]

Park & Ride ticket extensions

In recognition of the disruption caused by last week’s three-day closure of the Gateway Park & Ride near Taunton, weekly and monthly Park & Ride ticket holders can have their tickets extended by Buses of Somerset for three days. Any weekly tickets which expire up to and including 12 April (the last date that an […]

CDS expands broadband network to thousands more homes and businesses

Nearly 300,000 homes and businesses in rural areas now have access to superfast broadband thanks to Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS). That includes 118,000 in Somerset, according to new analysis which has found that the total number of homes and businesses with access to CDS-provided superfast has risen to 298,900 – with a further 38,000 […]

Joint Committee puts productivity first

Representatives from 23 organisations across Devon and Somerset today agreed steps to drive up productivity at the first meeting of the Heart of the South West (HotSW) Joint Committee. The inaugural meeting of the Joint Committee unanimously endorsed the Productivity Strategy that has been taking shape over the last two years and aims to double […]

Pupils get civilised in the Glass Box

Pupils from two Taunton schools have been getting to grips with ancient artefacts and state of the art technology in Taunton Library’s Glass Box. Somerset County Council’s Library Service teamed up with South West Heritage to run sessions for children from Bishop Fox’s school and St George’s RC Primary School as part of the BBC […]

New names on the cards for four Electoral Divisions

The public’s views are being sought on potential new names for four of Somerset’s Electoral Divisions. There are 54 Divisions in the county and Somerset County Council is proposing to change the name of four of them so that they better describe the area they cover. Anyone with an interest can take part in a […]

Money

Council welcomes watchdog’s report on Local Government funding

Somerset County Council has welcomed a National Audit Office report highlighting the massive strains on local government funding. In the report published today the Government spending watch dog identifies a 49 per cent real-term reduction in government funding for local authorities in the last six years and calls for a long-term plan to address current […]

Heroic effort ensures couples get ‘White Weddings’

Somerset may have looked more like frozen Siberia over the last couple of days, but there were plenty of heart-warming scenes for happy couples enjoying a ‘white wedding’ at the county’s registration offices. Despite the Arctic conditions, six of the nine wedding services planned on Friday, (March 2) went ahead thanks to the hard work […]

Severe weather: Schools and libraries reopen

Monday 5 March Schools: We have not been made aware of any schools closed today due to adverse weather. School transport: We are not aware of any cancelled school transport routes. Park and Ride: Both sites serving Taunton are running normally.  Highways: While most main roads in our region are now passable with care, we still have […]