Category Bridgwater

Innovation Zone proposal could put Somerset “at the heart of the Green energy revolution” says council leader

Councillor Bill Revans, Leader of Somerset County Council has welcomed the Chancellors announcement that the Gravity site, just north of Bridgwater, could be part of one of the first of the Government’s new Investment Zones. Cllr Revans said: “We need to see the detail of how a new Investment Zone will work, but I am […]

Major roundabout improvement plan moves forward with contract award

A £5.2 million plan to improve the busy Dunball Roundabout near Bridgwater is a step closer following the appointment of a contractor. Somerset County Council will be working closely with its partner, infrastructure group Balfour Beatty, to develop a design for a signalised roundabout. The Dunball roundabout links to Junction 23 of the M5, and […]

Multi-million pound transport schemes net Government funding

Major improvements to the A38 northern corridor heading into Bridgwater are a step closer today after Government approved a £10 million funding bid.   Money from the Treasury’s Levelling Up fund will help pay for more than £3.4 million worth of cycling and walking infrastructure along the entire corridor as well as a remodelled Dunball […]

Walk to School Month

Walk for the World this October

October is International Walk to School month and Somerset County Council is putting the call out to all pupils to get involved if they can. Walking instead of driving where possible is better for your physical and mental wellbeing; and it’s better for the environment and for traffic congestion – especially at those school gates. […]

Pupils rise to the latest active travel challenge

Primary schools across Bridgwater are competing to see who’s the best when it comes to getting to school on foot, bike or scooter.   The Bridgwater Schools Challenge is kicking off the next phase of Somerset County Council’s Bridgwater Way initiative. The three-week inter-school event which started this week will see primary schools taking on […]

Willowdown Primary School branches out

A new £2.5m extension to a primary school near Bridgwater that expands its capacity by more than 200 pupil places was officially opened last week. Willowdown Primary School was originally opened on the Kings Down development seven years ago with space for 210 children and has seen demand for places grow. It is an academy […]

Handover completed on new £23m special school in Bridgwater

Construction has finished on Polden Bower School, a brand new £23m Somerset County Council-funded state-of-the-art school in Bridgwater catering for 160 students with complex needs. The project is part of a wider Somerset County Council programme to boost provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) in the county. The […]

Freeport aims to bring innovation and jobs to Somerset

Somerset has a key role to play in the bid to develop a new Great Western Freeport – a project which could create thousands of jobs and boost the region’s reputation as a leader in high-value design and innovation. A freeport is a space for businesses to import goods and materials, add value to them […]

New town centre schemes are unveiled

Press release on behalf of the five Somerset Councils New schemes to support walking and cycling in three Somerset towns have been unveiled following the recent confirmation of approximately £450k of Government funding. Projects in Frome, Yeovil and Bridgwater have each been allocated Active Travel funding, along with an ongoing scheme in Taunton’s East Street, […]

New walk-through coronavirus testing site opening

A brand new walk-through coronavirus testing facility is set to open in Bridgwater this Sunday, as Somerset County Council makes testing more widely available and accessible. Achieved with the co-operation of Bridgwater Town Council, Serco and Deloitte, the walk-through site at Bridgwater Town Hall will be the first of its kind in the County and […]