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Balanced Budget Approved

Full Council today approved a budget worth over £310m to fund vital services – with a further £107m planned for investment in schools, roads and key infrastructure projects. Councillors also agreed a Council Tax increase of 1.99 per cent, along with a further 2 per cent ring-fenced for Adult Social Care, meaning Somerset’s residents face […]

Town and Parish partnership saves local bus routes

A pioneering partnership between parish and town councils, Somerset County Council and a local bus operator has saved two key West Somerset routes. This week Minehead Town Council and the Parish Councils for Porlock, Selworthy and Minehead without, and Luccombe signed a contract with the County Council pledging their financial support for the 10 and […]

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Prime Minister gives support for A303 dualling

Somerset needs the A303 dualled as an important step to boost the local economy – that’s the message from Somerset County Council Leader, John Osman today in support of Yeovil MP, Marcus Fysh. The MP – also a county councillor – spoke this afternoon at Prime Minister’s Questions calling for further investment in projects that […]

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Injunction order now in place at Taunton Park and Ride

Somerset County Council has taken High Court action to stop illegal encampments disrupting its park and ride service for Taunton. The authority has obtained a High Court injunction that will mean it can react far quicker to unauthorised encampments at the Gateway Park and Ride in Ruishton. The park and ride has been subject to […]

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Banish school holiday boredom at your local library

Somerset County Council’s Performing Arts library at Yeovil have a host of events planned this August to keep children and young people busy during the summer holidays. Working in co-ordination with the Summer Reading Challenge, the Performing Arts Library (on the second floor of Yeovil library in King George St) will be hosting a series […]

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Somerset County Council receive national accolade for employing people with learning disabilities

Somerset County Council is celebrating this week after being recognised at a national awards ceremony for the employment support it provides to people with learning disabilities. The Council was awarded runner up in the ‘Employer of People with Disability’ award category at the National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards. Somerset County Council was recognised for […]

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Important bus service information

Please be aware of some small alterations to the temporary bus services introduced after the Council were informed by Webberbus that it would cease trading earlier this month. These changes will take effect from Wednesday, 25 May. In most cases there is no real change apart from some additional journeys. However the the 37/375 service […]

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Devon & Somerset Trading Standards urges residents to say NO to doorstep crime this spring

Devon and Somerset residents are being warned against rogue doorstep traders offering home maintenance services this spring. In 2015 87 complaints were received by the service in relation to doorstep crime, with an estimate loss of over £101,000. In March this year six complaints were made and in February an estimated £3,000 was lost by […]

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Police enquiry desk to open in library

Somerset County Council, which manages the Library Service, is pleased to announce the opening of a new police enquiry desk within Frome Library. Due to open on 4 April, 2016, the new facility will deliver many of the services of the former Frome police station front desk, which closed in January 2015 due to low […]

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Somerset County Council welcomes the launch of the new England Coast Path for Somerset

A new 90km section of the England Coast Path was opened today in Somerset (15 March 2016), by Somerset County Council Cabinet Member David Fothergill, just in time for the Easter holidays. There will now be a continuous Coast Path along most of the Somerset Coast from Brean Down to Minehead, via Bridgwater, along both […]