Author Archives: Mark Ford

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.

Leader hails ‘remarkable’ financial turnaround

Cllr Fothergill welcomes the three-year financial strategy that confirms the council’s improved position.

Top marks for education support team

Somerset’s Support Services for Education have bagged a top industry award for their advice, support and training.

New dates for Climate Emergency drop-ins

Rescheduled public events to discuss the creation of Somerset’s first Climate Emergency Strategy have been confirmed. The ‘Have your say’ drop-ins will take place in each District Council area in January and February, being run by the Somerset Climate Action Network (SCAN) on behalf of Somerset’s four District Councils and the County Council. Earlier this […]