Category Press releases

Next Western Corridor junctions ready for switch-on

The Yeovil Western Corridor improvement scheme is nearing completion with the switch-on of the next two junctions this week. The Western Corridor scheme is a multi-million pound package of improvements by Somerset County Council to increase the capacity of several junctions, reduce congestion and upgrade links for pedestrians and cyclists. It aims to accommodate projected […]

Bridgwater Station improvements on track to start next week

A long-awaited scheme to provide better access to Bridgwater Station and improve the forecourt is due to start next week. The £1.2m project will be delivered by Great Western Railway and funded by Somerset County Council and Sedgemoor District Council using money secured from the Department for Transport and the developers of the Hinkley Point […]

Growing need for Adopt a Path volunteers

With seasonal growth now appearing on paths across Somerset, volunteers are invited to help protect and maintain the county’s public rights of way. Anyone can help get involved when they are out and about on their favourite Public Footpaths, Bridleways, Restricted Byways and Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATs). All you need to do is […]

Roadside grass cutting season is underway

Grass-cutting season is here and Somerset County Council will again be cutting more than 9,400km of roadside verge to help keep drivers safe – that’s the distance from Taunton to Sao Paulo. Somerset County Council cuts roadside verges for safety purposes – to preserve visibility, provide space for pedestrians where there is no pavement, and […]

Join Together For Dementia

Join the 20,000 people across Somerset who are already Dementia Friends – or encourage local communities to become ‘dementia friendly’ – and improve lives this Dementia Action Week (20-26 May). With over 9,000 people in Somerset estimated to have dementia and around 6,500 people caring for someone with dementia; most people know someone affected. Having […]

British Empire Medal for West Somerset Car Scheme Founder

The founder of the West Somerset Car Scheme Partnership was honoured on Friday 10 May with a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community. At a special ceremony held at Taunton Museum’s Castle House, Jean Humber from Withycombe was awarded the British Empire Medal by the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, Mrs Annie Maw. Jean […]

How’s your smile?

‘National Smile Month’ starts this week – and Somerset County Council is joining the national campaign for better oral health after figures reveal almost one fifth of Somerset’s five-year olds (19%) have decayed, missing or filled teeth. Somerset County Council is committed to seeing this figure decrease and improved oral health for everyone across Somerset. […]

Mind the gap – come talk to us about fostering

Come talk to us during Foster Care Fortnight (Monday 13 to Sunday 26 May) and find out how you can ‘mind the gap’ between the high number of Somerset children we have in care and the number of foster carers needed. Somerset does not have enough foster carers to meet demand. We have over 500 […]

Street Library to reopen in new location

Street Library will reopen its doors to the public in new location, Street Parish Rooms,  on Wednesday 29 May at 9.30am. A temporary agreement was put in place at the end of April between Street Parish Council, the Friends of Street Library group and Somerset County Council to jointly run the library together, pending the […]

Crossing upgrade continues this week

An ongoing scheme to upgrade a key level crossing of the West Somerset Railway will continue this week. The Seaward Way level crossing in Minehead has reached the end of its serviceable life and no longer fits the standards required for the volume of traffic on this road. Somerset County Council is responsible for maintaining […]