Category climate change

Work starts on vital A39 active travel corridor in West Somerset

Work commenced this week on a major piece of infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians travelling between Dunster and Minehead. Somerset County Council’s Highways Team is improving and widening an existing cycleway and footway running along the A39 between the two towns to ensure residents and visitors can travel safely by bike or foot. The £1 […]

Council steps in to save crucial bus services

Somerset County Council is funding vital replacement services on two key routes in the county due to be withdrawn by the operator. First West of England announced in the summer it was discontinuing the 126 service from Wells to Weston-super-Mare and evening services on Monday to Friday on the D2 between Bath and Frome from […]

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 […]

Insight and collaboration at Somerset Climate Business Summit 2022

More than 60 local businesses joined the Somerset Business Climate Summit 2022 held at Queens College in Taunton on Wednesday 21 September. The event opened with a surprise flash mob choir performance from Year 4 & 5 students from Queen’s College, who performed an inspiring and poignant rendition of Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World’. […]

County Council urges Government to accelerate action on phosphates

Somerset County Council is calling on the Government to urgently bring forward plans for water companies to upgrade their treatment plants to improve the removal of phosphates from sewage in rural areas – the so called “nutrient neutrality” policy. Councillor Ros Wyke, Somerset County Council’s Lead Member for Development and Assets has written to Greg […]

Climate Summit to help Somerset businesses increase sustainability

Somerset businesses are being urged to play their part in combating the climate emergency – with a conference offering insight into practical steps they can take to become more sustainable. The Somerset Business Climate Summit 2022 will take place at Queens College in Taunton on Wednesday 21st September between 10am and 1pm. The Summit will […]

Pledge to protect natural habitats as Council declares Ecological Emergency

Somerset County Council today voted to put additional focus into protecting Somerset’s natural environment and biodiversity by declaring an Ecological Emergency. At today’s Full Council meeting (Wednesday, 20 July) at County Hall, members backed a motion put forward to declare an Ecological Emergency proposed by Executive Lead Member for the Environment and Climate Change Cllr […]

Government climate change advisers on fact-finding trip to Somerset

Experts who advise the Government on emission targets have visited Somerset to find out more about the local challenges of tackling climate change. Somerset has set ambitious targets to become carbon neutral by 2030 – but as a large rural county faces a very different challenge to urban areas. The Climate Change Committee (CCC), the […]

Growing businesses and cutting carbon with £1.5m investment

Somerset businesses have the chance to benefit from a new £1.5m to drive economic recovery from the impacts of the Covid pandemic, and benefit the environment at the same time. Somerset County Council is launching the Growth Accelerator Fund, where successful businesses will be awarded grants to help boost their prospects in ways that also […]

Building for the future with the Somerset Climate Emergency Community Fund

Children in Stogumber have been learning about things we can do to combat the impacts of climate change in the village’s new outdoor nature shelter. The new outdoor learning space is one of 43 community projects that have been funded through Somerset County Council’s £1.5m Climate Emergency Community Fund to help make the county more […]