Category Press releases

Yeovil Western Corridor scheme progressing well with Lysander junction next for switch-on

Another key section of the Yeovil Western Corridor improvement scheme is due for completion before Christmas – months earlier than previously advertised. 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 takes […]

Time to change the question – report highlights the challenge of self-harm

Somerset’s young people need more help to deal with stress in healthy ways, the county’s Public Health lead says in a report published this week. Trudi Grant, the Somerset Director of Public Health, has used her annual report to highlight the importance of emotional resilience amongst young people as a way of tackling rising levels […]

Extra time to have your say on plans to upgrade Taunton’s Creech Castle junction

A consultation on plans to upgrade the busy Creech Castle junction in Taunton has been extended – with an extra public drop-in event arranged so people can see the designs. Somerset County Council has secured external funding and is developing a junction improvement scheme to ensure Taunton’s transport network can cope with planned future development. […]

A Christmas Card to help children in Somerset

Somerset County Council is launching a Christmas card design competition across Schools in Somerset to help the search for more foster carers.  Christmas is a particularly difficult time for children in care. Great foster carers can make their lives a little easier and help them towards a brighter future. Pupils are being encouraged to think […]

Day services update

Work to modernise learning disability support is being brought forward with the closure of the Six Acres Day Centre in Taunton next year. Somerset County Council and the Discovery social enterprise are committed to a more inclusive, creative approach to Day Services. The nine Day Centres across the county are being reviewed with the aim […]

Another Bumper Summer for Somerset Libraries

Somerset Libraries and Somerset County Council have once again enjoyed a summer full of enthusiastic young readers as part of their Summer Reading Challenge. 7,482 children signed up to take part in this year’s challenge, which was themed ‘Mischief Makers’ in celebration of 80 years of The Beano. Busy staff went on to give out […]

One stop shop for independence

A one-stop shop for equipment, home improvements and advice that will help people live independently at home for longer will open next week near Wellington. The Somerset Independence Plus service will be officially launched on Thursday, 8 November, during national Occupational Therapy Week (5-11 November). There’s an open invitation to the public to look around […]

Key milestone as new bridge beams lifted into place

A multi-million pound project to build a much-needed link road in Bridgwater reached a key milestone today with the lifting of the beams for a new 52-metre steel bridge. The Somerset Bridge will carry the new Colley Lane Southern Access Road over the River Parrett and will be the longest single-span bridge in Somerset – […]

Your spare room could change a teenager’s life

Somerset Young Care Leavers are releasing a series of ‘Get to Know Us’ videos as part of National Care Leavers’ Week ((24 October – 31 October), in a bid to break down stereotypes and encourage people to consider using their spare room to help a vulnerable teenager. Young Care Leavers and Somerset County Council are […]

Shepton Mallet Library Location Decision Deferred

The Somerset Libraries redesign report published earlier this week recommends Somerset County Council continues to run a library building in Shepton Mallet, but its exact location is still to be decided. The existing library building provides limited opportunities to improve the current library service (for example, increasing opening hours) and doesn’t represent good value for […]