Category Press releases

Only book a Coronavirus test if you have symptoms

‘Only book a Coronavirus test if you have symptoms’, says Chair of Somerset’s Local Coronavirus Engagement Board as demand for tests surge nationally. Local Coronavirus testing sites are up and running across Somerset, but demand for slots is increasing with 7000 people tested in Somerset last week alone. Test sites are commissioned by the Department […]

Essential resurfacing on key road in Bridgwater

A major scheme to resurface a key road in Bridgwater is planned to take place next week. Somerset County Council will be resurfacing A39 Wembdon Road/North Street as it is showing signs of deterioration with numerous cracks and potholes on the carriageway. The scheme will be carried out under an evening road closure to minimise […]

Cover-up on school transport students are urged

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education is asking all secondary age pupils who can, to start wearing face coverings on dedicated school transport. It is not currently mandatory for school pupils to wear coverings on home to school transport – it is left to the discretion of parents. But wearing face coverings on public […]

Remain vigilant after Somerset Coronavirus cases increase

Somerset’s Director of Public Health urges everyone to remain vigilant and continue following government guidance after Somerset sees an increase in Coronavirus cases. This comes after the Government announced earlier this week new rules around the number of people meeting in England as cases rise nationally. From Monday 14 September, there will be a ban […]

Grants from The Somerset Fund to help local charities thanks to generous local businesses

If you are a grassroots community group based in Somerset, grants are available up to the value of £2,500 from The Somerset Fund. Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) manages the Fund and is encouraging applications from smaller charities and community groups that run on less than £100,000 per year. The grants will be ‘unrestricted’, which means […]

New report suggests ONE clear winner in unitary debate 

An independent report out today highlights the benefits of creating a new single council for Somerset – but also warns of the dangers and costs of dividing the county into multiple unitary authorities. Somerset County Council has asked the Government to consider replacing the five existing councils in Somerset with a simple, single unitary council to end […]

Blue Anchor coast and road protection

Somerset County Council is preparing to fund a West Somerset coastal defence that will help protect a key road at Blue Anchor. The investment of up to £4m is being funded through a Government highways grant and will enable rock armour to be installed at the foot of eroding cliffs to protect the road; and […]

Help us save lives with 20-minute training on World Suicide Prevention Day

The NHS in Somerset, voluntary organisations, and Somerset County Council are urging people to complete free online training on how to talk about suicide for World Suicide Prevention Day on the 10th September 2020. They have joined together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide and […]

Book first at new look library service

Somerset Libraries have rolled out a new order-and-collect service giving customers access to library books while staying safely socially distanced. Libraries have been opening over the last few weeks in phases across the county and offering the new service, with the final four – Chard, Cheddar, Glastonbury and Martock libraries – now open. With the […]

£1m Somerset Climate Emergency Community Fund OPEN for applications from 1 October

A pot of £1 million is now available to help local communities become carbon neutral and mitigate the impacts of Climate Change in Somerset. Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill announced in February 2020 that £1 million would be made available for city, town and parish councils to support local communities. From 1 October, city, […]