Author Archives: Peter Elliott

New report suggests ONE clear winner in unitary debate 

An independent report out today highlights the benefits of creating a new single council for Somerset – but also warns of the dangers and costs of dividing the county into multiple unitary authorities. Somerset County Council has asked the Government to consider replacing the five existing councils in Somerset with a simple, single unitary council to end […]

U-turn paves way for unitary talks

In a shock announcement tonight, Somerset’s district councils have performed a major U-turn and have agreed to work towards a plan to abolish themselves and create two new unitary authorities across Somerset. It comes after two years of district councils arguing that unitary authorities were not the best option for Somerset. The news was delivered […]

A clear case for One Somerset – why one council is better than five

A new single council for Somerset would put an end to confusion for residents, give greater powers to local communities and free up millions of pounds that can be reinvested in frontline services – that’s according to a new report out today. The business case for One Somerset, published today by Somerset County Council, highlights […]

Measures to support reopening of Somerset’s high streets  

Emergency measures to support the reopening of high streets in Somerset are being rolled out across the county. From Monday 15 June, lockdown restrictions are being relaxed with many non-essential retail businesses allowed to reopen. The Government advises the public to avoid using public transport where possible and instead opt for walking and cycling instead. […]

One Somerset engagement underway

Surveys of residents and businesses across the county will take place from this week as Somerset County Council gathers views towards disbanding all five councils and setting up a new single Unitary Authority. It follows a decision in February that Somerset County Council will look to reduce duplication and waste across the five councils and […]

Somerset’s joint inspection of SEND services by Ofsted and CQC – report published

A report into how well Somerset meets the needs of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families has been published today by Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) and Care Quality Commission (CQC ). Inspectors visited and undertook a joint inspection of SEND Services in the local area […]

Sign up today for coronavirus updates delivered to your inbox

Members of the public can now sign up for regular email newsletters about Somerset’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Somerset County Council is currently providing daily email bulletins on all things coronavirus related to councillors and stakeholders – and these are now available to anyone. The updates include information on affected council services, details of […]

Coronavirus – Somerset County Council update

Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill is urging Somerset residents to do their bit to help slow the spread of Coronavirus, following the latest measures imposed by the Government. Last night, every citizen was directed by the Prime Minister to stay at home, except for very limited purposes. Non-essential shops and community spaces will be […]

Coronavirus – Somerset County Council update

Vital work to maintain essential public services in Somerset is continuing during in what is an unprecedented time for our county and the country as a whole. Somerset County Council is now in business continuity mode and is continuing to follow key advice from Government – we will keep you updated on a regular basis. […]

Start date confirmed for Toneway Creech Castle upgrade

A major road improvement scheme to upgrade the busy Toneway Creech Castle junction in Taunton will start next month. Somerset County Council has developed a design to reduce congestion and improve access to Taunton by increasing the capacity of the junction. The upgrade includes significantly enhanced facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, and is critical to […]