Category Press releases

Transport Minister welcomed to Somerset

The M5, A303/A358 and improved strategic rail links were among the topics of conversation as the Leader of Somerset County Council welcomed the Secretary of State for Transport to Taunton today. Councillor David Fothergill hosted the event at Somerset County Cricket Club where MPs, council leaders and key members of the local business community had […]

Share your experiences of health visiting services in Somerset

Parents of young children in Somerset are being asked to share their views and experiences about the health visiting services they have received in the County, to help shape the service going forward. The county’s independent health and social care champion Healthwatch Somerset wants to find out about parents of under 5s experience of the […]

Somerset schools supporting Mental Health

Over 60 Somerset schools have signed up to the County Council’s approach to supporting young people’s wellbeing and mental health. This week is Children’s Mental Health Awareness week (4 – 10 February) and with 10 per cent of pupils known to have a clinically diagnosed mental health issue (DfE 2015), the Council recognises the importance […]

New Local Offer for Somerset Care leavers

  Somerset Care leavers can now benefit from even more advice, support and guidance to help give them the best start into adulthood. Somerset County Council has been working with care leavers, to develop a new Somerset ‘Local Offer’ website for young people at.www.somersetcareleavers.org.uk which will help care leavers from 16 to 25 years, understand […]

New Yeovil ‘throughabout’ opening next week

Somerset’s first ‘throughabout’ will be opening in Yeovil next week as the Western Corridor improvement scheme passes another key milestone. The Western Corridor scheme is a multi-million pound package of improvements by Somerset County Council to increase the capacity of several junctions, reduce congestion and upgrade links for pedestrians and cyclists. It aims to accommodate […]

Outing the Past

Come along and find out more about LGBT and its history in Somerset Libraries first ‘Outing the Past’ Festival taking place in Taunton Library on 2 February 2019. In celebration of the national LGBT History month, the Festival programme starts at 10.45am and covers a wide variety of topics and historical periods – attendees can […]

Investing millions to improve Somerset’s roads

Millions of pounds will be invested to repair and improve roads across Somerset during the first part of 2019. Somerset County Council is planning a number of major and minor maintenance schemes this quarter, thanks in part to the £9.98m one-off pot of money for road repairs announced by the Department for Transport late last […]

How to Stay Well This Winter

Getting your flu jab and self care are still the best way to stay well this winter, health professionals advise. If you are eligible for an NHS flu jab and haven’t had one yet, ask your GP surgery or Pharmacy. Winter is a particularly busy time for the NHS so to help alleviate pressure on […]

Road closure gates ready for use in case of flooding this winter

Emergency road closure gates on the Somerset Levels are ready to protect drivers from flood water if required this winter. Following the severe Somerset floods of 2014, permanent gates were installed at four locations at risk of flooding to help stop vehicles potentially getting stranded. The gates can be found at Cutts Road (East Lyng […]

Somerset Wood: Help plant the trees please

Volunteers looking for a healthy start to 2019 are being urged to join the first big tree-planting initiative for the Somerset Wood. The first batch of 1,200 broad-leaved trees will be delivered by The Woodland Trust in the first two weeks of 2019 and organisers want to get them in the ground before the end […]