Category Press releases

Blueprint to improve the lives of children and young people in Somerset

Children and young people today helped launch a document that will shape the way Somerset County Council and its partners support them over the next three years. The voices of children and young people have been central to the creation of the Children and Young People’s plan for 2019-22 which outlines the challenges and dangers […]

Sense-ational pop-up shop opens in Yeovil and is awards finalist!

Last year a sen.se Sational shop run by young people with stock created by pupils from special schools across Somerset opened in Taunton— now it’s happening in Yeovil. The brain child of an organisation called sen.se, which represents Somerset’s special schools, the shop was a big success in Taunton and well received by the public, […]

Gateway Park & Ride Site Reopens Tomorrow

Normal business will resume with commuters able to return to the Gateway Park & Ride site tomorrow (Tuesday) after illegally camped travellers left the site this afternoon. Gateway Park & Ride was closed today (Monday) on safety and security grounds after a number of travellers illegally entered the site late Friday afternoon. A legal notice […]

Gateway Park & Ride closed tomorrow

Please note that Gateway Park & Ride site is closed tomorrow (Monday) on the grounds of safety and security after travellers illegally set up camp at the site late on Friday. Gateway buses will continue to operate between the Town Centre and Blackbrook Park as normal and alternative facilities are available at Silk Mills Park […]

Sign up for Junction 25 newsletters

You can now stay up to date with progress on the multi-million pound M5 Junction 25 improvement scheme in Taunton by registering for newsletters. Somerset County Council is currently upgrading Junction 25 to improve traffic flow, ease peak hour congestion and unlock land for employment to the east of the M5. The scheme is expected […]

Make today the day to quit smoking

Support is available across Somerset to give up smoking, and there’s no better time to make ‘today the day’ with national No Smoking Day this week. Taking place on Wednesday 13 March, the campaign’s focus is ‘today is the day’, highlighting the variety of reasons and benefits people give up smoking. These include improving lifestyle, […]

Stay strong and steady to help prevent a fall

Research confirms that anyone wanting to reduce their risk of having a fall will benefit from attending local Stay Strong Stay Steady classes to improve strength and balance. The classes, a joint venture between Age UK Somerset and Somerset County Council, provide an opportunity to meet others whilst building and maintaining strength, balance and confidence […]

New Monthly Social Group for Adults with Learning Disabilities

Make new friends, have your say and have fun are the key aims of a new Taunton monthly peer support group for adults with learning disabilities launching this month. Taking place in Taunton Library, the first meeting is due to take place on 15 March from 11am to 12.30pm and is free to attend. As […]

Essential resurfacing schemes in Taunton

Drivers are reminded of two key road resurfacing schemes coming up in Taunton later this month. Essential works to resurface the A358 Hankridge Roundabout and Admiralty Way / Creechbarrow Way were announced earlier this year as part of a major package of investment in Somerset’s roads. Works at the Hankridge Roundabout require phased road closures […]

Flying the Flag for LGBT Fostering

Somerset County Council flew the rainbow flag at County Hall this week, to mark LGBT Fostering week. Somerset County Council joined forces with other local authorities also flying LGBT flags, offering a symbol of support for those in the LGBT community, who want to make a difference to children’s lives. Caroline and her partner Liz […]