Category Press releases

Trading Standards introduces Bovine TB information packs for farmers

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards has launched a new information pack giving farmers all the information they need to help safeguard their herd from Bovine TB. The packs provide information on the regulations surrounding Bovine TB and how to access support from organisations like the National Farmers Union (NFU) and Farming Community Network. The […]

Somerset awarded Bronze recognition for its support of the Armed Forces

Somerset County Council has been awarded the Bronze level of Ministry of Defence recognition for its support for the Armed Forces community. The award is part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS) that encourages employers to support Defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme recognises organisations who pledge, demonstrate or advocate […]

Road signs and grit bins targeted in rural vandalism spree

Historic fingerpost signs recently restored by volunteers are among the victims of recent rural vandalism in Somerset. A number of other road signs, traffic cones and grit bins have also been targeted. With the cost of repairs ultimately falling on taxpayers, Somerset County Council is urging anyone with information about the crimes to report it […]

Council apprentices in the running for national award

Talent from across Somerset County Council is to be showcased at this year’s PPMA Apprentice of the Year awards next week, with four of the authority’s apprentices shortlisted. Hopefuls attending the forthcoming ceremony come from roles in a number of council services: Melanie Houghton, teaching assistant apprentice, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Primary School […]

Standing together for Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

Somerset County Council is supporting a Holocaust Memorial Day event to commemorate victims of the Holocaust and other genocides. The commemoration event will take place at St John the Evangelist Church in Taunton on Monday 27 January, between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. A wreath will be laid during the event, along with music and readings and […]

Stoke Road closure for vital repairs

Important work to repair a key road on the Somerset Levels is planned to take place later this month. Stoke Road, which runs between Stoke St Gregory and North Curry, will be closed for surface dressing prep works. This involves filling potholes and localised patch repairs ready for the road to be fully surface dressed […]

Overnight works required at Quantock Road Roundabout Bridgwater

The next phase of the Quantock Road Roundabout improvements is due to start next week, with overnight works preparing for the introduction of pedestrian crossings. Starting on Sunday (12 January), temporary traffic lights will be used on Quantock Road and Homberg Way from 6.30pm to 6.00am for ten nights (excluding Fridays and Saturdays) while underground […]

Key resurfacing in Taunton

*UPDATE 17 January 2020* Please note, due to adverse weather affecting works elsewhere, this scheme has been revised slightly. Resurfacing will still start on Monday 20 January continuing each evening until Friday 24 January (6.30pm to 11.30pm). An additional shift will take place on Sunday 26 January after 4pm. Access arrangements and the final shift […]

£200k to support creative dementia projects

Somerset County Council has now invested more than £200,000 in creative and imaginative grass roots dementia projects. New projects receiving backing from the authority include one that offers gardening and hedge-laying activities, and another that focusses on music to  support people with dementia and their carers. The authority is looking to invest more than half […]

Essential resurfacing on key Bridgwater route

A vital engineering scheme to repair and resurface the A38 Taunton Road in Bridgwater is taking place early next year. The scheme will involve planing off the old road surface to a depth of up to 100mm and replacing with new materials. Due to the width of the road it will be necessary to close […]