Category Press releases

Last call for would-be councillors

Would-be County Councillors have just one week left to put themselves forward for Somerset County Council elections in May. The deadline for nominations is 4pm on Tuesday, 4 April and there are 55 seats available to be filled when the county goes to the ballot box on 4 May. Each seat is a chance to […]

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 […]

Choices for life – careers and options fair for young people with additional needs

A careers and options fair ‘Choices for life’ is being held this week to help young people with additional needs to make choices about their future. The ‘Choices for Life’ event takes place on Friday 24 March from 10am to 7pm at Yeovil College, Ilchester Road, Yeovil, BA21 4DR. Young people aged 14 to 25 […]

‘Lean on Me’ sing Somerset foster carers

Today (18 March) Somerset foster carers and Somerset County Council staff took part in a ‘flash mob’ in the heart of Taunton to raise awareness of the need for more foster carers in the county. Joined by Taunton community choir ‘Company of Voices’, the group sang Bill Withers’ classic song ‘Lean on Me’ to highlight […]

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 […]

Taunton’s J25 Boost Welcomed

Somerset County Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council welcome today’s Highways England funding boost ensuring improvements to J25 of the M5 are given the green light. Funding to the tune of £4million from Highways England’s Growth and Housing Fund will enable improvements to take place at the busy motorway junction, improving traffic flow whilst creating […]

County Council endorses Wells City of Culture bid

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet today gave its backing to the Wells bid to become the City of Culture in 2021. Representatives from Visit Somerset told councillors that the recently announced bid has already created a lot of interest and excitement and would benefit tourism in the city and beyond. Cabinet agreed to formally support for […]

England’s steepest A road reopens

The A39 at Porlock Hill has reopened, after an engineering scheme to resurface one of the steepest hills in England was successfully completed. The hill is reportedly the steepest A road in England and has a gradient of 1 in 4 (25 per cent) in places. Somerset County Council has improved the road by laying […]

Torbay joins Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service

The joint Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service has now welcomed Torbay to the mix. This will be the first time three English Trading Standards services have merged into a single shared service. The plan gives all three councils ‘greater clout’ at a time of significant financial pressure, regulatory change and increasing demand. Devon County […]