Category Press releases

Have Fun At FREE Family Fun Day

Have fun, get information and meet others at a FREE family fun day for children and young people with a disability or additional need taking place in Street in July. Organised by Somerset County Council and taking place on Saturday 1 July from 10am to 2pm at Brookside Academy in Street, children and young people […]

Next phase of road improvements for Monkton Heathfield

The next phase of major development in Monkton Heathfield is due to start next month with the installation of a new bus gate. Plans for new homes, a new local centre and the relocation of West Monkton Primary School were approved by the Planning Inspector back in 2008 and included a legal agreement for the […]

Improvements to parking services now a ‘virtual’ reality

Improvements to parking services at Somerset County Council will see the introduction of ‘virtual’ permits and a new online payment system. Residents will now be able to apply and pay for resident permits for their own vehicles and their visitors, including annual and daily scratch cards, in one online transaction. Currently applications must be made […]

Gearing up for the Glastonbury Festival

One of the world’s biggest music festivals comes to Somerset next week – and Somerset County Council will be doing its bit to help keep the county moving. The Glastonbury Festival starts next Wednesday and sees around 200,000 music fans and thousands of cars descend on the very rural area around Pilton. Roads will be […]

Investing in better roads at 150 sites across Somerset

A multi-million pound programme to improve 150 sites covering more than 200 miles of Somerset’s roads is due to start next week. Surface dressing is a nationally-recognised maintenance technique for sealing a road, improving skid resistance and preventing water getting under the surface. This is crucial to help stop potholes forming. It works by coating […]

Some baby sleep bags may not be up to standard

Parents are urged to follow the advice issued by the Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service when purchasing baby sleep bags after some brands failed quality tests. Baby sleep bags are full length fabric bags with a neck opening and armholes but without sleeves or a hood. They are designed to keep the baby […]

Mums wanted as Volunteer Breastfeeding Champions

Mums are urged to step forward to become new volunteer Breastfeeding Champions in a bid to encourage other mums to breastfeed, continue breastfeeding and help support Infant Feeding Groups across Somerset The new volunteer role launched this week by Somerset County Council is in direct response to mums saying they wanted more breastfeeding support from […]

Over 1000 Children Dance In Festival

More than 1,000 Somerset primary school children will be celebrating the annual Folk Dance Festival on Wells Cathedral Green this weekend. Now in its 43rd year, the Somerset Schools’ Folk Dance Festival is being held on Saturday 17 June, with 53 schools participating. The schools meet at St Cuthbert’s Church yard, travel up the High […]

Celebrating Foster Carers Awards Event

The incredible hard work and dedication of local foster carers has been recognised at a special awards event this month. Over 70 foster carers attended the awards ceremony, held on Friday 9 June, having collectively given over 205 years to help improve the lives of children and young people in Somerset. Jane and Roy Bollen […]

Resurfacing of main road in Shepton Mallet

One of the main routes through Shepton Mallet is set for essential highway maintenance works next month. Somerset County Council will be improving and resurfacing the A361 Fosse Lane as part of its long-term highway maintenance programme. This involves repairing the drainage system, removing the old road surface and reconstructing the carriageway using specialist equipment. […]