Category Press releases

County Ticket suspended due to coronavirus

Somerset’s County Ticket student travel scheme has been suspended for the next academic year due to the continuing impact of coronavirus. Until the pandemic, students over the age of 16 could buy an annual County Ticket to use on public transport. But, as social distancing measures are likely to continue on public transport, and with […]

European Social Fund gives boost to Somerset young people

A project set up to help provide new opportunities for Somerset young people is being boosted by £563,000 from the European Social Fund (ESF). With match funding from Somerset County Council, and key partners, £1.1m will be available for the innovative SomersetWorks scheme. It will help provide new opportunities for young people in school years […]

Chat ‘health’ online with Public Health Nursing

Young people, parents and carers can now ‘chat health’ with school nurses or health visitors thanks to a simple new text messaging service. Somerset’s Public Health Nursing service has boosted its health and wellbeing advice with the launch of ‘ChatHealth’, an award-winning digital NHS approved platform. ChatHealth allows Public Health Nursing teams across the country […]

SCC welcomes funding for key road repairs

Somerset County Council is welcoming a Government award of almost £5m for urgently needed structural repairs to a key road junction near Wellington. The funding was announced by the Department for Transport as part of a £100m nationwide package to improve road quality, following a bid submitted by the Council earlier in the year Somerset […]

Somerset Libraries launch new personal shopper service as doors begin to reopen

As part of the phased reopening of library buildings later this month, a new ‘personal shopper’ service is being introduced. Somerset County Council will launch the service in Taunton Library on 6 July. Subject to a review, it will then be introduced in Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead and Yeovil on 13 July. It is hoped all remaining […]

Somerset Local Outbreak Management Plan available online

Somerset County Council and partners released further detail today on how they will prevent and react to localised Coronavirus outbreaks after Somerset’s Local Outbreak Management Plan was published online. Somerset cases continue to remain low compared to other parts of the country, but Coronavirus is proving to be a disease around clusters and outbreaks. To […]

Make a difference and feel better with our Rights of Way team!

Somerset’s Rights of Way volunteer community is back active and working with a few adjustments as lockdown continues to ease – and there are plenty of opportunities available to be part of it. Somerset County Council has five volunteering roles in the Rights of Way team, and all can be flexibly adapted to suit your […]

Help further improve Somerset’s streets during the coronavirus pandemic

A new interactive online mapping tool has been launched so people can have their say on temporary walking and cycling measures in Somerset. A number of temporary measures, including pedestrianised high streets, have been introduced to encourage social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic and positively support the safe movement of pedestrians and cyclists. Working in […]

Graphic informing people to look out for others during hot weather

Keep Somerset safe during hot weather

With hot weather expected over the next few days, Somerset County Council is asking people to keep an eye out for vulnerable friends and neighbours…

Somerset County Council joins rural alliance to demand support for tackling climate change

Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill has joined a group of rural council leaders to promote the voice of the countryside in the climate change debate. A letter published today (24 June) in the Daily Telegraph by the new Countryside Climate Network, a cross-party group of 21 councils from every region in England, warns that […]