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Changes to Contact Centre opening hours

From Saturday 1 April Somerset County Council’s Customer Contact Centre (Somerset Direct) will no longer operate a non-emergency telephone service on a Saturday. With more people taking advantage of the authority’s online facilities, which are available all day every day, calls on Saturdays have fallen to account for just one per cent of all contact. […]

Stronger Links Forged in South Somerset

Two schemes forging stronger links in two military communities in South Somerset are set to benefit after receiving over £27,000 from the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Covenant Fund (AFC). Based at the Balsam Centre, ‘Hub2’ will receive £19,860 to initially benefit residents living on the Deansley Way Estate, Wincanton, where 40 per cent of […]

Somerset’s Lucy Visits Downing Street

Somerset County Council’s Lucy Wilkins inspired the next generation of apprentices during the tenth anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week, before ending the week with a visit to Number Ten Downing Street. Lucy, who was registered deaf from birth and is also losing her sight due to a condition known as Usher Syndrome, first became a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]