Author Archives: Mark Ford

Discovery report highlights success and challenge

Employment success, staffing challenges and more inclusive venues for day services have been set-out in a report on one of Somerset County Council’s key care providers.   The report, which was considered by the Council’s Scrutiny Committee today (13 March), gives an update on the performance of Discovery, the social enterprise providing support for around […]

Double boost for Special Needs Education

Education for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) in Somerset received two major boosts this week. The Department for Education (DfE) has given it’s backing to the County Council’s free school bid for a new special school in South Somerset and the authority’s Cabinet has agreed to appoint a contractor to build the new special […]

Community Awards open for nominations

The search is on for more community heroes as the Chair of Somerset County Council calls for nominations for his annual Community Awards. Every year the Chair presents awards to deserving people who have made an outstanding contribution to their community and Councillor Nigel Taylor is asking the public to come forward with their suggestions. […]

Virtual reality stars for students at the Glass Box

Local students have been taking part in ground-breaking workshop at the Glass Box in County Council’s Taunton Library. More than 20 Students from Bishop Fox’s and The Castle School in Taunton participated in an inspirational session that showcased the latest in both Virtual and Augmented Reality Technology as part of the Somerset Digital Skills Talent […]

Festival of Flight takes off at Yeovil Library

The local aviation industry will be on board this weekend when the science and history of flight are celebrated at Yeovil Library. The Festival of Flight on Saturday, 16 March, takes place during British Science Week at the Somerset County Council library. The inspiring, free event will cover everything from the humble paper plane to […]

Future of Street Library

A new location for Street Library is on the cards as partners and Somerset County Council work hard to progress a Community Library Partnership (CLP). On 5 November 2018, Somerset County Council agreed to retain 19 of its existing libraries and seek help from communities to run 15 other library buildings as CLPs, including Street. […]

First Somerset Community Library Partnerships signed

Somerset County Council and Partners are delighted to announce six ‘Community Library Partnerships’ were signed this week, committing to deliver library services together in future. Existing library buildings will remain open, with community partners working together with Somerset County Council in the following six communities: Bruton, Nether Stowey, North Petherton, Somerton, Watchet and Wiveliscombe from […]

More first choices for families as secondary school admission figures published

More than 97 per cent of Somerset children were offered a secondary school place at one of their top three choices, the County Council’s latest school admission statistics show. The proportion of applicants receiving their first preference is up on last year, according to the figures released today (1 March), with 94.18 per cent receiving […]

1,600 trees and counting: Somerset Wood organisers say thank you

The first phase of Somerset Wood tree planting is now complete, with organisers thanking volunteers for their “extraordinary” response. More than 200 volunteers have given up their time to get involved in the project that will create a lasting, living memorial to the 11,281 Somerset residents who lost their lives in the First World War. […]

Budget proposals look to the long-term

Somerset County Councillors will next week consider budget plans to tackle its funding gap and lay the foundations for long-term sustainability. The financial plan being discussed by Full Council on Wednesday sets out a proposed net budget of £328m and total spending of £780m* on services in 2019/20, as well as £224m of investment in […]