Author Archives: Mark Ford

Rockets pre-school expansion takes off in Rockwell Green

More working families in and around Rockwell Green will be able to benefit from funded childcare places with the expansion of the Rockets pre-school. The new Rockets building at Rockwell Green Primary is the first of six Somerset County Council projects that will boost the number of childcare spaces available in the county. Creating nearly […]

Primrose pupils are blossoming

Excited pupils in Yeovil are putting down roots in Somerset’s newest primary school. Primrose Lane Primary opened its doors after the half-term break, following the recent completion of the £4.2m, eight-classroom project – including a nursey – built to meet the town’s growing demand for school places. There are 13 children at the school and […]

Raising The Flag For Our Armed Forces

Somerset County Council joined other Government buildings and famous landmarks across the country today in raising a flag to show support for our Armed Forces. Raised by Cllr Rod Williams, newly elected Chairman of Somerset’s Armed Forces Covenant, the Armed Forces flag will be on display at County Hall for the remainder of the week […]

Somerset stands ready to help

The Leader of Somerset County Council has written to his London counterpart offering assistance following the Grenfell tower block fire. Cllr David Fothergill sent his letter to the Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council, Nicholas Paget-Brown, yesterday after a meeting of Somerset’s Cabinet meeting. That meeting opened with a recognition of […]

Children’s services improvement is ‘energetic yet realistic’

Work to improve Somerset’s services for children is ‘energetic yet realistic’, according to the latest feedback from Ofsted. Inspectors visited for two days during May to look at the quality of social work practice. The resulting report discussed today by the Council’s Cabinet highlighted many positives, concluding that the pace of change is adequate but […]

Council to discuss its response to A358 plans

Councillors will next week discuss Somerset County Council’s response to the consultation on the dualling of the A358. The draft response, which will be considered by the Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday, is calling for more information from Highways England (HE) before it can reach any firm conclusions on its preferred option and details of the […]

A new Leader and other key appointments at the County Council

A new Leader and Chairman of Somerset County Council have been appointed. Councillor David Fothergill was elected Leader at the Annual General Meeting of the Council this morning and announced that Cllr David Hall is to continue in the role of Deputy Leader. Cllr William Wallace was elected to the post of Chairman of the […]

County Council election results

The results of yesterday’s Somerset County Council elections are as follows: Conservative                        35 Liberal Democrat                  12 Independent                         3 Labour                                   3 Green Party                           2 The Liberal Party                  0 UK Independence Party     0 Full details of the results for individual divisions and candidates can be found on the elections results page on the authority’s website […]

Innovative approach on the cards to boost voter registration

Councils across Somerset are targeting properties with no registered voters in a bid to boost turn out for County Council elections on 4 May. In an innovative initiative, mock poll cards are being sent to almost 30,000 properties reminding the occupiers that they are not yet registered to vote. The cards, which are being distributed […]

Have your say on plans to upgrade the A358

Somerset residents are being urged to have their say on plans to upgrade the A358 between Ilminster and Taunton. Highways England announced today launched a public consultation on proposals to improve the route from the Southfields Roundabout to the M5 at Taunton. A spokesperson for Somerset County Council said: “The A358 is one of our […]