Author Archives: Mark Ford

Cavers, fund raisers and a unicyclist get Chairman’s thanks

The Chairman of Somerset County Council has presented four cave divers with the authority’s first ever awards for bravery. As part of his annual Chairman’s Awards, Councillor Nigel Taylor gave commemorative shields for valour to the local heroes involved in the dramatic Thai cave rescue earlier this year. Chris Jewel, Connor Roe, Josh Bratchley, and […]

Selworthy pupils put another brick in the Hazelbrook wall

Children from Selworthy School have been helping lay the first bricks of their new Hazelbrook Campus. The youngsters joined representatives from Somerset County Council to kick-off construction of the £9m building which will provide an extra 80-100 places for pupils with a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities(SEND), including autism. It’s purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities […]

Wood to commemorate the Fallen of WW1

A memorial wood is being created for future generations to enjoy in memory of the Fallen from Somerset who lost their lives in WW1. The “Somerset Wood” is being established through a joint partnership of Taunton Deane Borough Council, Somerset County Council, Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish Council and West Monkton Parish Council. It will cover 23 […]

Libraries next steps

Recommendations for the future for Somerset’s libraries service will be published this month. During the recent libraries service consultation, which ran from January to June, over 7,000 responses from across Somerset were received including nearly 13,000 comments. These have been carefully reviewed and analysed over the summer and a report detailing the consultation findings and […]

Cresta pool update

Somerset County Council has informed the Kingfisher Community Pool (KCP) group that it is, regrettably, unable to accept its business case for taking on the running of Cresta swimming pool in Chard. The authority recognises the ambition, efforts and intentions of the group and the enthusiasm shown by the local community. Before transferring any asset […]

School admissions – apply online and in time

With the school open day season underway, parents are being urged to make sure they apply for school places online and in time. Whether your child is starting school for the first time, or transferring to their next school, applications need to be made through the Somerset County Council’s website http://www.somerset.gov.uk/admissions With a 31 October […]

Young Carers decision deferred as Council makes “most difficult” savings decisions

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Committee today approved the “most difficult savings proposals it has had to consider” to help secure its long-term financial sustainability. Cabinet also agreed to defer a decision on proposed saving for its Young Carers Service. This is to allow time for discussions with carers, families and the voluntary sector about a […]

County Council sets out decisive savings plan

Somerset County Council has today published plans for savings across all its services in a decisive step to secure its long-term financial sustainability. More than 70 proposals will be considered for decision by the Council’s Cabinet when it meets later this month. If agreed they would save around £13m over the remainder of this financial […]

Cresta pool update

Somerset County Council will consider viable plans for a community-run Cresta pool in Chard, a decision taken yesterday sets out. The pool, which is owned by the Council, has outlived its planned lifespan by more than a decade and now needs more than £1m of investment to replace failing equipment and to bring it up […]

Back to school with a book bag, pencil case, school uniform … and MMR vaccine

As pupils across Somerset prepare to return to school next week, the County Council’s Public health team is asking parents to check if their children have had their two doses of MMR vaccine. The appeal comes after Bristol and other areas of the UK have seen a big rise of measles this year. Since January, […]