Category Press releases

Could you lend a hand to help restore Somerset’s iconic fingerposts?

More volunteers and community groups are being urged to get involved with a ground-breaking project to restore historic signposts in Somerset. In response to stretched finances, the Somerset Fingerpost Restoration Project was set up by Somerset County Council and the Southwest Heritage Trust in 2016 to help preserve and protect the signs by harnessing the […]

Make your mark at Taunton’s Glass Box

Visitors to Taunton Library’s Glass Box will be able to bag themselves self-branded t-shirts and bags this month. They can try out some of its digital technology and ‘maker space’ equipment in the digital skills hub at the library on 18 July, from 2.30-4.30pm. The Glass Box aims to give schools, colleges, businesses and other […]

Update on Chard’s Cresta pool

After 30 years of service, Somerset County Council is intending to take a decision to close Cresta swimming pool in Chard at the end of the summer in the face of £1m repair and refurbishment costs. A recent survey has estimated what needs to be spent to replace failing pumps and other essential equipment, as […]

Have your say on the future of transport in Taunton

People who travel around Taunton are invited to have their say on a new transport strategy for the town. As a growing town with aspirations to deliver new homes and jobs, it is vital that changes to Taunton’s transport networks are guided by a long term strategy. Taunton – Connecting our Garden Town has been […]

Next steps for libraries set out

Over 7,000 Somerset residents and organisations took part in a 19-week library service redesign consultation, Somerset County Council’s Scrutiny Committee heard today. A presentation on the top-level consultation results was delivered to Scrutiny Committee Members showing that 7,015 responses were in total received from a wide section of communities across Somerset. Survey respondents were asked […]

Join the Somerset Libraries Learning Disabilities conversation

Somerset libraries are on a mission to get our communities talking about learning disabilities and they want you to join in. As part of an exciting new project, The Library Takeover: Creating a Space For All, local residents with learning disabilities have been volunteering in Somerset County Council’s libraries in Bridgwater, Street and Glastonbury, and […]

Temporary changes to Yeovil roads for next phase of improvement scheme

Drivers in Yeovil are advised to plan ahead next week as a new phase of work on the Western Corridor improvement scheme gets underway. The Western Corridor scheme is a multi-million pound package of improvements by Somerset County Council to increase the capacity of several junctions and upgrade links for pedestrians and cyclists. It will […]

Bridge strengthening work continues

One of the roads into Baltonsborough remains closed for essential repairs to the Mill Bridge (known locally as Nogger’s Bridge) A scheme to reinforce the bridge to bring it up to modern strength requirements began in April and was due to finish last week. However, once work began it became clear that the deck of […]

County welcomes fresh thinking on social care funding

Somerset County Council has welcomed comments from MPs discussing potential changes to the funding of social care. Although not supporting any specific approaches at this this stage, the authority is warmly welcoming fresh thinking on the subject at a time when the cost of care is contributing to big budget pressures. Demand for social care […]

Somerset Brownie wins prize for fostering poster

A brownie from North Petherton has won a poster competition, with a design encouraging more people to consider fostering in Somerset. Nine year old Grace Pear, from the 1st North Petherton Brownies, won outdoor clothing and equipment for herself and her pack for her ‘Make a Difference’ fostering poster. She was presented with her prize, […]