Category Press releases

£1.8m investment in hydrotherapy pool at Selworthy School

Work has started on a new £1.8m hydrotherapy pool at Selworthy School in Taunton which will help the school meet the therapeutic needs of its most complex children. Selworthy School is a school for children and young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities) aged 4-19. Somerset County Council is investing a total of […]

Summer Holidays food support for Somerset families

Somerset County Council will continue to provide help to families in need of food support over the school Summer Holidays. The Department of Work and Pensions has extended its Covid Local Support Grant, providing £1.4m to Somerset County Council to support vulnerable families. The Council is using the grant to fund food vouchers worth £15 […]

Somerset Public Health leaders urge caution and care as Covid restrictions set to ease

Public Health leaders in Somerset are urging people to proceed with caution and act responsibly as the country prepares for the easing of national Covid-19 restrictions. From Monday 19 July, the majority of legal restrictions relating to Covid-19 will be lifted, but the risks of Covid-19 have not gone away. Somerset’s Covid-19 Local Engagement Board […]

Pharmacies supporting people to change their alcohol habits

Community pharmacy staff across the county are ready to advise people on how they can change their drinking behaviour to help improve their health. Somerset County Council is linking with pharmacies across Somerset in a bid to help support people who may be drinking in excess of the Chief Medical Officers’ guidelines. The project will […]

Three is a magic number – Somerset shortlisted for three local government awards

Somerset County Council has been shortlisted for three prestigious national awards in recognition of its work during the coronavirus pandemic. Despite a record number of submissions this year, leading local government publication the MJ has shortlisted Somerset County Council for three separate MJ Achievement Awards. The three categories include; ‘Best Workforce Transformation’ for its redeployment […]

Resurfacing to begin on key Bridgwater route

Important repair work on the Westonzoyland Road is scheduled later this month. Somerset County Council’s Highways team is resurfacing a section of the A372 as it is showing signs of deterioration with cracks on the carriageway. The scheme is due to begin on Monday 26 July and expected to finish on Friday 6 August. The […]

Libraries invite: “Children – become a Wild World Hero this summer”

Somerset libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer and become ‘Wild World Heroes’, as part of the Summer Reading Challenge 2021. The theme Wild World Heroes was inspired by nature and developed in partnership this year with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and encourages 4-11-year olds to borrow and […]

Willowdown Primary School branches out

A new £2.5m extension to a primary school near Bridgwater that expands its capacity by more than 200 pupil places was officially opened last week. Willowdown Primary School was originally opened on the Kings Down development seven years ago with space for 210 children and has seen demand for places grow. It is an academy […]

Celebrating Somerset’s registrars after a year like no other

A new event to celebrate the vital work done by registrars and their colleagues is being held on 1 July with National Registrars’ Day. Members of Somerset County Council’s Registration Service are using the day to reflect on all that’s been achieved over the last year, from the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, Brexit […]

Important resurfacing to go ahead in Glastonbury

Work to resurface a key road in Glastonbury is scheduled to start next week. Somerset County Council’s Highways Team is resurfacing Benedict Street in Glastonbury as the road has been showing signs of deterioration over some time and needs major repair. The scheme is in two phases; preparatory works will take place under a road […]