Category Cllr David Hall

Pioneering website helps Somerset plan for climate change

A new web-based app is giving people the opportunity to explore the impacts of climate change on the Somerset Levels. The app has been created as part of the Adapting the Levels project to help local people turn individual ideas into plans for collective action, focusing particularly on the challenges of flooding and drought. Adapting […]

Empathy Day inspires kids to walk, read and learn

Empathy Day returns on 10 June 2021 with a new theme calling for children and young people across the county to walk through their neighbourhood, see it through others eyes and consider how they can make a positive impact. The awareness day, which is supported by Somerset County Council, is spearheaded by EmpathyLab- an organisation […]

Minehead Library – a new carbon efficient chapter

Plans are under way to refurbish Minehead Library, which will see the ageing building transformed into a modern flexible space for all the community. As part of the modernisation, a series of energy saving measures will be implemented to optimise the energy consumption of the building, supporting the Council’s on-going commitment to the Climate Emergency […]

Progress update on CDS full fibre network rollout

Preparations are well under way for the roll-out of the full fibre network through the recently awarded contracts from the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme. Around 56,000 homes and businesses will be provided with access to Gigabit capable broadband by internet providers Airband, Truespeed and Wessex Internet. While most of the construction is expected […]

Libraries reopen and launch ‘Reading Friends’ service

Somerset Libraries are delighted to announce that from Monday 8th March, almost all libraries will be reopening, offering a limited service as lockdown measures start to ease.  A new ‘Reading Friends’ befriending service will also be launched for those who may feel lonely or isolated in these continuing times. Libraries will initially be open in […]

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 […]

Work begins to link major site to road network

A major development set to bring thousands of jobs and huge investment to the heart of Somerset has reached an important milestone.   Work is progressing apace on one of the UK’s largest commercial smart campuses – Gravity at Bridgwater’s M5, Junction 23, and next month the focus shifts to connecting the low-carbon 635-acre site […]

A303 dualling a ‘massive economic boost’

Somerset County Council has welcomed the Government’s decision to give the go-ahead to a multi-million scheme to upgrade one of the county’s vital transport arteries. The Council has worked hard to press Government on the need to invest in long-awaited major upgrade of the A303. It is crucial to support the growth of the economy […]

Bright Future for Bruton Enterprise Centre

Business in Bruton is set for a boost with work beginning on a new £2.7m Enterprise Centre at Coombe Hill. The Bruton site will be Somerset’s eighth Enterprise Centre and is expected to open this Winter. The centre will be home to 10 new offices, two meeting rooms and seven 50 square metre industrial units. […]

Shepton Mallet Library set for a new start in 2021

Longer opening hours, increased staff resource and a new ‘look’ are all part of exciting plans for Shepton Mallet library in Spring 2021. Plans have been agreed for Shepton Mallet library to receive a substantial makeover and serve as a hub for the local community. Somerset County Council’s Libraries Service team has been in discussions […]