Author Archives: Mark Ford

Consultation on education travel policy

The public is being invited to have its say on proposed changes to the Somerset County Council’s Education Travel Policy. The Council currently spends around £11.5m a year transporting roughly 9,500 pupils to schools across the county. The policy sets out the criteria for when children are eligible for financial assistance for their transport to […]

Consultation open for Heart of the South West Productivity Strategy

Business, organisations and residents are being asked for their views on plans to drive up productivity in Somerset and across the Heart of the South West area. All councils in Somerset and Devon, along with the Local Enterprise Partnership, the two National Park Authorities and the three Clinical Commissioning Groups, are working in partnership to […]

Opportunity knocks in West Somerset

Plans and extra funding to help West Somerset’s young people fulfil their potential have been outlined as part of major Government investment confirmed yesterday. West Somerset is one of 12 Opportunity Areas across the country receiving the Government funding to improve social mobility and make sure children get the best start in life, whatever their […]

Care quality on the rise in Somerset

Not a single Somerset care provider is rated inadequate and nearly 90 per cent are good or outstanding, the County Council can reveal today. On the day when the Care Quality Commission (CQC) publishes its annual State of Care report, Somerset can boast a care sector in which 87 per cent of providers are rated […]

Council steps in with back-up school transport

Somerset County Council has stepped in to organise alternative school transport after a local bus company ceased to operate. The Council was notified by Coombs Travel today that it will be ceasing to operate from tomorrow (4 Oct). Coombs Travel runs eight school bus contracts for the authority. With the support of other operators, council […]

Family Support Services – have your say

A consultation on potential changes the way support is provided to families in Somerset, including the role of Sure Start Children’s Centres, launches today. Anyone with an interest is encouraged to give their views on the Family Support Service proposals which aim to make support as accessible as possible for those who need it most. […]

Replacement school transport arranged

Parents at ten schools in Somerset have been informed of new arrangements after Somerset County Council ended a school transport contract today. Alternative transport arrangements have been put in place to transport 437 students to and from the schools from tomorrow morning. This afternoon the council terminated its contract with Avalon Coaches due to performance […]

Drainage upgrade on A37 finishes early

A major engineering scheme to upgrade drainage on the A37 at Oakhill has been completed early. The work to replace more than 1km of pipe has finished ahead of schedule and the road has been reopened this afternoon (22 September). The road was due to reopen on Sunday, to be followed by around a week […]

County Council Leader to meet the Skills Minister

County Council Leader David Fothergill will meet the skills Minister next week to lobby against a major funding cut to Somerset’s biggest adults training provider. SS&L, formerly known as Somerset Skills and Learning, announced this week that it faces a financial shortfall of around £3m due to a dramatic drop in funding from the Education […]

Red Ensign flies at County Hall

The Red Ensign is flying at County Hall today in recognition of Merchant Navy Day this weekend. Somerset County Council is joining local authorities across the country in flying the flag, raising awareness of the UK’s on-going dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers and remembering the wartime sacrifices they made. The Second World War broke out […]