Author Archives: Mark Ford

Coronavirus – have a plan for your pets

Animal owners are being urged to think ahead about protecting their pets should they fall ill during the Coronavirus crisis. Whether furry, feathered or scaly; having a plan for how animals will be looked after if their owner become unwell makes life easier if it does happen. It will also mean the animal’s welfare won’t […]

Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline launched

A single phone number is now available for anyone in Somerset who needs Coronavirus-related support from their councils. The Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline number, 0300 790 6275, is now live and will make it easier for people access any local authority help they may need, including emotional support, in the current crisis. It links together […]

Stay home and save lives this Easter

Residents and would-be tourists are being urged to stay away from Somerset’s beauty spots and visitor attractions this Easter. With fine weather forecast and the Easter holidays about to start, it’s essential that the public is not tempted to travel to take advantage of the beautiful Somerset outdoors. Somerset’s local authorities oversee Areas of Outstanding […]

Somerset schools plug in to robot support

Dozens of schools and colleges across Somerset are already plugging in to the County Council’s trail-blazing use of robot technology to help children back into the classroom. Since it was launched last month, 25 schools and colleges have requested one of the AV1 robots in the biggest Local Authority initiative of its kind in the […]

Climate Emergency Summit is a big hit with businesses

Representatives from more than 100 businesses came together this week to discuss how Somerset’s business community can help tackle climate change. The Climate Emergency Business Summit was part of the cross-council work to develop a Climate Emergency Strategy, aiming to identify ways for Somerset to work towards being carbon neutral by 2030 and adapt to […]

Climate Emergency events off to a flying start

Hundreds of people have taken part in the first Climate Emergency event to help shape a strategy for the county – and there are plenty more opportunities to have your say. The drop-in event in the Glass Box at Taunton Library is the first of four in districts across Somerset, with the events taking place […]

Cut waste, boost frontline spending, says report

Tens of millions of pounds more could be spent on frontline services like bus routes, new schools and climate change work if Somerset changes the way its councils operate, an independent report says. The report was commissioned from external consultants by all four district councils and Somerset County Council as part of discussions over the […]

Have your say on tackling Somerset’s Climate Emergency

Online surveys are giving Somerset residents the chance to comment on and help shape a Climate Emergency Strategy for the county. Launched today (6 Jan), one survey closes on 25 February 2020 and can be accessed here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Somerset-Climate-Change-Survey-2019 In addition, an survey for 11 to 18-year-olds can be completed by going to http://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Somerset-Climate-Change-Survey-2019-Young-People and is […]

Shepton Mallet Library set to stay put

Shepton Mallet library is set to keep its town centre location and be developed as a community hub, thanks to lots of hard work and generous community contributions. Somerset County Council expects to enter into a new lease on the current site and continue to work with the local Library Friends Group, the Town Council […]

Robot revolution in Somerset classrooms

We’re investing in robot technology that helps poorly children stay in touch with school work and friends when they have to be out of the classroom.