Category Press releases

Disruptive and unauthorised roadworks lead to fines of £40,000

Two utility firms have been fined a total of £40,000 after pleading guilty to several offences relating to roadworks. Somerset County Council is responsible for managing the road network and prosecuted Vodafone and BT as part of its commitment to minimising disruption to the travelling public. Vodafone was fined £15,000 over works on the A358 […]

Footway improvements on A39 Bath Road at Bawdrip

Maintenance works along the A39 Bath Road near Bridgwater are due to start next week. The footways and kerbing along the stretch of road at Bawdrip, between the Crandon Bridge junction and the Knowle Inn, are showing signs of deterioration and are in need of resurfacing and repair. Work is due to start on Tuesday […]

Leader looks to explore unitary options

A bold decision to explore options for changing the way local government is organised in Somerset has been taken by the Leader of the County Council. In a move to protect frontline services at a time of unprecedented financial pressures for all local councils, Councillor David Fothergill has asked for work to begin to look […]

County gears up for Somerset Day

Somerset County Council will be helping celebrate the county’s show-stopping talent as part of this year’s Somerset Day celebrations. Council Chairman William Wallace is helping host ‘A Celebration of Somerset Talent’ event taking place in Cedars Hall in Wells on 12 May in aid of the Somerset Hospice Movement. A concert featuring the Drystones Folk […]

Work underway to transform health and social care

Plans to review how health and social care is provided across Somerset have been revealed today. Somerset CCG, the organisation that plans and buys healthcare services for Somerset residents, and Somerset County Council, responsible for providing social care services, agreed today at CCGs governing body to work together on a joint programme called “Fit for […]

Young people invited to have their say!

Children and young people across Somerset are being urged to have their say on the future of Somerset libraries services until Wednesday 13 June. Over 3,970 responses to the consultation have been received so far, but the Council wants to hear from more young people. The consultation, which started in January, asks all Somerset residents […]

Primary pupils leave their mark on the SEIC

Primary school pupils from Bridgwater have today (25 April) been leaving their mark on the landmark Somerset Energy Innovation Centre (SEIC). The SEIC has been created to support businesses in the nuclear and low carbon energy supply chain and construction of its £6.5m second phase is well underway. Today children from the Eco Team at […]

Proud to Care careers fair highlights job opportunities

Would-be care workers are being urged to find out more about potential new opportunities and careers  at the first Proud to Care recruitment event in Somerset. Somerset County Council has organised the Proud to Care jobs fair which will take place on Wednesday, 25 April, at the Wyvern Club, Mountfields Road, Taunton, TA1 3BJ from […]

Work starts on Bridgwater’s Colley Lane

Work has now started on a multi-million pound road scheme which will help ease congestion in Bridgwater. The first turf was formally cut for the Colley Lane Southern Access Road (CLSAR) today (Thursday, 19 April), kicking-off the £18.4m scheme that will include two new bridges, 840 metres of carriageway and new cycle and footways. As […]

Primary school admissions announced

More than 98 per cent of children in Somerset have been given a place at one of their top three Primary school choices this year, with more than 93 per cent securing their first choice. Figures revealed by Somerset County Council show that 93.8 per cent of 5665 children starting school in 2018 received their […]