Author Archives: Mark Ford

Have your say on ‘Improving Lives’

A nine week consultation launched today inviting residents, organisations and communities to have their say on health and wellbeing priorities in the County. The results from the consultation, which ends on 17 August,  will inform a joint ‘Improving Lives’ strategy which sets out how all members of the Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board will work […]

Libraries look at men’s mental health for Men’s Health Week

Somerset Libraries and Public Health have partnered up to help improve men’s mental health in Somerset as part of Men’s Health Week (11-17 June). The Men’s Wellbeing Collection is an innovative collection of books and resources that aims to get more men thinking and talking about their mental health. The collection is currently in Yeovil, […]

Leader looks to explore unitary options

A bold decision to explore options for changing the way local government is organised in Somerset has been taken by the Leader of the County Council. In a move to protect frontline services at a time of unprecedented financial pressures for all local councils, Councillor David Fothergill has asked for work to begin to look […]

County gears up for Somerset Day

Somerset County Council will be helping celebrate the county’s show-stopping talent as part of this year’s Somerset Day celebrations. Council Chairman William Wallace is helping host ‘A Celebration of Somerset Talent’ event taking place in Cedars Hall in Wells on 12 May in aid of the Somerset Hospice Movement. A concert featuring the Drystones Folk […]

Primary pupils leave their mark on the SEIC

Primary school pupils from Bridgwater have today (25 April) been leaving their mark on the landmark Somerset Energy Innovation Centre (SEIC). The SEIC has been created to support businesses in the nuclear and low carbon energy supply chain and construction of its £6.5m second phase is well underway. Today children from the Eco Team at […]

A39 road closures in West Somerset

Please be aware that the A39 is closed tonight (Wednesday 18 April) at Billbrook in West Somerset from 18.30 until 23.30. The road was due to be open tonight after the completion of essential resurfacing work, but this was delayed due to the weather. A planned closure affecting the A39 at Carhampton has been delayed […]

Park & Ride ticket extensions

In recognition of the disruption caused by last week’s three-day closure of the Gateway Park & Ride near Taunton, weekly and monthly Park & Ride ticket holders can have their tickets extended by Buses of Somerset for three days. Any weekly tickets which expire up to and including 12 April (the last date that an […]

CDS expands broadband network to thousands more homes and businesses

Nearly 300,000 homes and businesses in rural areas now have access to superfast broadband thanks to Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS). That includes 118,000 in Somerset, according to new analysis which has found that the total number of homes and businesses with access to CDS-provided superfast has risen to 298,900 – with a further 38,000 […]

Joint Committee puts productivity first

Representatives from 23 organisations across Devon and Somerset today agreed steps to drive up productivity at the first meeting of the Heart of the South West (HotSW) Joint Committee. The inaugural meeting of the Joint Committee unanimously endorsed the Productivity Strategy that has been taking shape over the last two years and aims to double […]

Pupils get civilised in the Glass Box

Pupils from two Taunton schools have been getting to grips with ancient artefacts and state of the art technology in Taunton Library’s Glass Box. Somerset County Council’s Library Service teamed up with South West Heritage to run sessions for children from Bishop Fox’s school and St George’s RC Primary School as part of the BBC […]