Category Press releases

Key milestone as new Junction 25 bridge beams lifted into place

  A multi-million pound project to upgrade M5 Junction 25 at Taunton reached a key milestone today with the lifting of the beams for a new 15.5m span bridge with a total width of 34m. The Blackbrook Bridge will provide a new arm onto the Junction 25 roundabout, helping ease congestion by increasing the capacity […]

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Brain in Hand

A digital helping hand is about to be trialled in Somerset to provide tailored support for people with mental health issues or learning disabilities. The County Council is working with Brain in Hand, a personalised app that links the user with their carers and support teams. It provides people with their own specific ways to […]

More support for children’s mental health

Somerset County Council is deploying two new teams to boost children’s mental health as part of its programme of support for children and schools available in the county. The initiative has been developed after the County Council and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group won £400,000 in Government trailblazer funding through the Fit for my Future partnership. […]

Essential resurfacing to take place on key Bridgwater road

Vital repair and resurfacing works on the A39 North Street in Bridgwater are due to take place next month. The road is to be resurfaced to restore its profile, protect the foundations and improve skid resistance. Due to the width of the road, and to keep the workforce and travelling public safe, the road will […]

One letter for One Somerset – Council Leader kickstarts drive for Unitary

An ambitious drive to transform local government in Somerset and save tens of millions of pounds for improved frontline services is now officially underway. Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill has today written to Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, kickstarting the case for One Somerset – A Unitary […]

Drainage scheme to tackle flooding near Taunton Station

Works to tackle an ongoing flooding issue near Taunton Station are starting on Monday. The road and pavement near the pedestrian crossing on Clifton Terrace has been prone to flooding in recent times. Somerset County Council investigations identified a collapsed drain deep under the road which requires extensive repairs under a temporary road closure. This […]

Early help to support families

Extra help is at hand to support families in Somerset meet and beat challenges before they develop into crises. Somerset County Council is setting aside £200,000 each year for the next three years towards funding community groups working with families with children aged 0-19 who need that extra helping hand. The County Council is working […]

Shaun and Laura will #SayIDoin Somerset

A teen romance that blossomed in Somerset is all set for a happy ending thanks to Somerset County Council’s Registration Service. Laura Payne and Shaun Pilbrow made a spur of the moment decision to enter the Registration Service’s competition to win a wedding – and their answer to the question ‘Why do you want to […]

Toneway Creech Castle upgrade moves step closer

A major road improvement scheme to upgrade the busy Toneway Creech Castle junction in Taunton is on track to start this spring, following a decision taken today. Somerset County Council has developed a design over several years to reduce congestion and improve access to Taunton by increasing the capacity of the junction. The upgrade includes […]

Building improved bridges across Somerset

A number of footbridges on public rights of way across South Somerset have now been replaced by Somerset County Council. Three bridges, specifically over the River Ding near the village of Broadway, over the River Cary just outside the village of Charlton Mackrell and over the River Cale near Wincanton were deteriorating and in need […]