Category Press releases

Severe weather: Icy roads & school closures

Freezing temperatures are expected again overnight with a @metoffice warning in place for ice and hazardous driving conditions expected. We’re treating the network now and will continue to patrol through the night. Schools: We expect most, if not all schools, to open as usual tomorrow, though that is a decision for the individual schools to make. Schools […]

More chance to have your say on Somerset libraries

Somerset residents will have an extra seven weeks to share their views on the County Council’s proposals for its libraries. The closing date for the consultation has been extended from Sunday 22 April to Wednesday 13 June after listening to feedback from the public, partners, Councillors and communities. Councillor David Hall, Cabinet Member for Resources […]

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Westfield Youth Club achieves quality award  

The Westfield Youth Club in Yeovil has achieved Somerset County Council’s ‘Safe and Welcoming’ award. The Westfield Youth Club is a vibrant and popular club for young people from Westfield and the surrounding communities.  It attracts about 30 young people each week and offers an extensive range of activities and opportunities such as sports, music, […]

Pupils get civilised in the Glass Box

Pupils from two Taunton schools have been getting to grips with ancient artefacts and state of the art technology in Taunton Library’s Glass Box. Somerset County Council’s Library Service teamed up with South West Heritage to run sessions for children from Bishop Fox’s school and St George’s RC Primary School as part of the BBC […]

New names on the cards for four Electoral Divisions

The public’s views are being sought on potential new names for four of Somerset’s Electoral Divisions. There are 54 Divisions in the county and Somerset County Council is proposing to change the name of four of them so that they better describe the area they cover. Anyone with an interest can take part in a […]

Somerset Shared Lives Carer to be featured in the Guardian’s Weekend Magazine.

Alison Cooper has been a Shared Lives Carer for five years, and along with her family they have supported adults with mental health issues or disabilities in their own home. This weekend her story will featured in the Guardian. Alison currently cares for Jonathon, 41, who is autistic. The Shared Lives scheme allows Jonathon to […]

Green light for £18m upgrade of M5 Junction 25

Multi-million pound plans to upgrade Junction 25 of the M5 have moved a step closer following today’s decision to grant planning permission. Junction 25 is the main access point to Taunton and also provides a critical link to the second strategic route into the South West – via the A358 and A303. Somerset County Council […]


Council welcomes watchdog’s report on Local Government funding

Somerset County Council has welcomed a National Audit Office report highlighting the massive strains on local government funding. In the report published today the Government spending watch dog identifies a 49 per cent real-term reduction in government funding for local authorities in the last six years and calls for a long-term plan to address current […]

Say ‘I Do’ in Somerset

Somerset Registration Service has launched a user-friendly new website to help people planning a wedding or civil partnership in Somerset. It provides everything couples need to create their special day. Somerset is becoming an increasingly popular wedding destination, with a wide variety of licensed venues. From converted barns to underground caves and unusual historic buildings […]

Make every sleep safer for babies

Somerset parents, grandparents and carers are advised to take steps to keep babies safe from harm every time they go to sleep. The advice is offered as part of the annual ‘Safer Sleep Week’, organised by the Lullaby Trust (12th-18th March 2018).  The awareness week aims to make sure people know the importance of safer […]