Author Archives: Mark Ford

Allied Healthcare statement

Following today’s announcement by Allied Healthcare, Somerset County Council can confirm it has arrangements in place to make sure support continues uninterrupted. Allied provides support for around 500 residents in 16 Extra Care Housing schemes across West Somerset, Mendip and South Somerset. In light of concerns about its long-term viability, the Council has had contingency […]

Drop-in sessions for getset Service consultation

Drop-in sessions seeking views on proposals to change the some of the support available to children and families in Somerset are underway. Somerset County Council is consulting on a potential change to the support offered by its getset Service. The sessions are a chance to discuss the proposals and give feedback. The team has visited […]

County Hall goes red for Remembrance Day

County Hall in Taunton will be going poppy-red for the next three days as Somerset County Council gives its support to Remembrance Day commemorations. The Lest We Forget Flag has been flying at County Council HQ all week and the building will be lit red on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. On Sunday, Remembrance Day […]

Somerset Wood welcomes all this Friday

With Remembrance Day momentum building across the country, members of the public will be warmly welcomed at this week’s official dedication of the Somerset Wood. The ceremony will start at 3pm on Friday, 9 November at the site between Monkton Heathfield and the east of Nerrols Farm, near Taunton, and anyone with an interest is […]

Community leisure decision

Somerset County Council will end its role in community leisure services once its current contract expires, if published recommendations are approved. The Council’s ten-year contract with 1610 Limited to provide community leisure services on eight school sites across the county expires at the end of March 2019. The County Council has no statutory responsibility to […]

Consultation launched on proposed changes to services and support for Children and Families

Somerset County Council is seeking views on proposals to change the support it provides to some children and families. The proposals would stop the Council’s getset Service contribution to support for families needing a little extra help – usually short-term – to tackle a particular problem and get back on track. Support provided by other […]

Earth from Ypres for the Somerset Wood

Local schoolchildren will scatter soil from the battlefields of Belgium when the Somerset Wood is dedicated next month. The sample of earth has been provided by the Mayor of Ypres, Jan Durnez, to help Somerset remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War 1. It will be scattered by youngsters from West Monkton […]

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 […]