Category Press releases

Young people pioneer groundbreaking initiative

Eleven inspirational projects for young people across Somerset are benefiting from a £50,000 partnership fund aimed at improving lives in the county. Members of Somerset Youth Parliament were trained to decide on competing funding bids, pioneering a move to put young people at the heart of the project. Leader of Somerset County Council David Fothergill […]

Follow the golden rules for safer sleeping

Parents, carers and families in Somerset are being urged to remember the golden rules to promote safer sleep for every baby. Safer Sleep Week starts today (March 9) and aims to make those caring for babies aware of the dos and don’ts of naps and night-time sleeps. Tragically, about four babies die each week in […]

England Coast Path closed due to a landslip

The England Coast Path (ECP) has been closed between Watchet and Blue Anchor due to a landslip. Somerset County Council is responsible for maintaining the ECP within the county boundaries and closed the path at the weekend in the interest of public safety. An inland diversion is available, and the details for this can be […]

Steel signing marks a milestone

Somerset’s commitment to the vital aerospace industry is set in steel after a milestone was reached in construction of the cutting-edge aerospace innovation centre in Yeovil. Partners in the iAero Centre initiative visited the construction site and signed a steel column at a special ceremony on Thursday (5 March) as work on the construction of […]

Nine in 10 children offered first secondary school choice

More than 98 per cent of Somerset children were offered a secondary school place at one of their top three choices, the County Council’s latest school admission statistics show. Figures just released show that 93.56 per cent received their first choice compared to 94.18 per cent in 2019. Overall, the figures show 98.19 per cent […]

Volunteering is a two-way street

Volunteering is a two-way street – helping people give their knowledge and talents to benefit their community and receiving enjoyment, friendship and new skills in return. Somerset County Council is always keen to recruit new volunteers – and to thank those who give up their time so freely. Age is no barrier as proved by […]

Road deaths decrease in Somerset

The number of deaths on Somerset’s roads decreased from 26 to 22 over the 2019 calendar year. This figure is lower than the targets set by Somerset County Council, and forms part of its long-term goal of casualty reduction. The Council’s road safety team receives police reports following injury collisions and carries out research to […]

Start date confirmed for Toneway Creech Castle upgrade

A major road improvement scheme to upgrade the busy Toneway Creech Castle junction in Taunton will start next month. Somerset County Council has developed a design to reduce congestion and improve access to Taunton by increasing the capacity of the junction. The upgrade includes significantly enhanced facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, and is critical to […]

Reading Well for children

Libraries throughout Somerset have a new collection of books aimed specifically at supporting children’s emotional wellbeing. The books focus on helping them understand their feelings and worries and gives support to help them cope with tough times. The ‘Reading Well’ collection has been chosen by children, carers, health experts and librarians and the books are […]

Offenders on the right path with the highways Community Payback scheme

Offenders taking part in a Community Payback scheme have completed 1,500 hours of work on low-priority highway maintenance activities in Somerset. Somerset County Council has been working in partnership with the Probation Service to trial using offenders to help tidy up the streets. The scheme identifies appropriate highway maintenance jobs – like removing weeds and […]