Author Archives: Mark Ford

A378 reopens early after essential flood prevention work

The A378 Langport Road reopened this evening (22 August) more than a week ahead of schedule. Work on the section of road between Wrantage and Fivehead, known locally as Mile Hill, has been closed since 31 July for essential flood prevention works. A five-week closure was expected with an end date of 1 September, but […]

Northgate memorial dedicated

A new memorial reflecting the history of the Northgate site was dedicated to the people of Bridgwater this weekend. A seating area has been created close to the nearly completed primary school, built in part from bricks recovered from the hospital that used to stand on the Northgate site. Before becoming a hospital in the […]

Collaboration counts as 67 service continues

A key bus service between Wells and Burnham-on-Sea will continue until at least March next year thanks to a second pioneering partnership. The 67 service was due to end today (21 July) but after months of meetings and discussions between Somerset County Council and eight parishes, an agreement has been reached that will see the […]


Update on £18m savings plans

Somerset County Council is on track to deliver £7m of back office savings with more to come as it works to balance its budget, councillors heard today. (19 July). Leader of the Council, Councillor David Fothergill, updated Full Council this morning on progress towards finding the £18m of savings required this financial year. This follows […]

Sherborne Road to close for major drainage work

Teams will be working night and day to upgrade drainage on a key road into Yeovil later this month. The A30 Sherborne Road will be closed from around 3am on Tuesday 25 July for seven days for the installation of new pipes and gullies under the highway. Due to the need for deep excavations in […]

Somerset joins the Proud to Care chorus

Somerset County Council is today (Monday 17 July) joining authorities across the South West in a campaign to champion careers in care. The Proud to Care initiative will be raising the profile of care and the positive role of care workers across the county in a drive to encourage recruitment in the sector. Care providers […]

Second exit for Tesco in Yeovil now open

A new junction to help ease congestion and improve journey times in Yeovil town centre is now open. Somerset County Council has created a second exit from Tesco onto Clarence Street. This means cars that have previously had to loop around Horsey roundabout to travel north or east can now simply drive onto Clarence Street […]

Big boost for small business

Businesses across Somerset are being urged to sign-up for free support as part of a new growth initiative. The Heart of the South West Growth Support Programme offers a range of business support services to small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) in Somerset, Devon, Plymouth, and Torbay. More than 4,000 businesses across the area will […]

Work poised to start on energy centre expansion

Work on the £6.5m second stage of the Somerset Energy Innovation centre is due to start next month, councillors were informed today (10 July). Cabinet members approved the appointment of a contractor to build phase two of the Somerset Energy Innovation Centre (SEIC) and construction should start in August. Opened in February 2016, the first […]

Somerset backs call for care funding plan

Somerset County Council is backing a nationwide call for a sustainable solution to funding for social care. A report published today by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) highlights the continuing shortfall in funding for social care across the country, despite the extra £2bn of funding announced in the Government’s spring budget. Somerset’s […]