Category Press releases

Taunton town centre repairs to start in new year

Major works to repair and improve pedestrian areas and pavements in Taunton town centre will take place in the new year. Somerset County Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council are jointly funding the scheme which will include the High Street, Bridge Street, Station Road, East Reach and Hammet Street. Councillor John Woodman, Cabinet Member for […]

Somerset School Children win prizes for Fostering Christmas Cards

A seven-year-old from Eastover Primary School, has won a county wide Christmas card competition, for her design encouraging more people to foster children in Somerset. Pupils at Selworthy School won the over-12s category, and also a special group award. Phoebe Hilyer from Bridgwater was overall winner in a competition open to schools across Somerset. Selworthy […]

Junction 25 upgrade formally approved

A multi-million pound scheme to upgrade the busy M5 Junction 25 roundabout at Taunton was formally approved today. Somerset County Council has developed a scheme to increase the capacity of this vital link to improve traffic flow, ease peak hour congestion and unlock land for employment. The scheme reached a major milestone today with the […]

Yeovil Western Corridor scheme progressing well with Lysander junction next for switch-on

Another key section of the Yeovil Western Corridor improvement scheme is due for completion before Christmas – months earlier than previously advertised. 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 takes […]

Time to change the question – report highlights the challenge of self-harm

Somerset’s young people need more help to deal with stress in healthy ways, the county’s Public Health lead says in a report published this week. Trudi Grant, the Somerset Director of Public Health, has used her annual report to highlight the importance of emotional resilience amongst young people as a way of tackling rising levels […]

Extra time to have your say on plans to upgrade Taunton’s Creech Castle junction

A consultation on plans to upgrade the busy Creech Castle junction in Taunton has been extended – with an extra public drop-in event arranged so people can see the designs. Somerset County Council has secured external funding and is developing a junction improvement scheme to ensure Taunton’s transport network can cope with planned future development. […]

A Christmas Card to help children in Somerset

Somerset County Council is launching a Christmas card design competition across Schools in Somerset to help the search for more foster carers.  Christmas is a particularly difficult time for children in care. Great foster carers can make their lives a little easier and help them towards a brighter future. Pupils are being encouraged to think […]

Day services update

Work to modernise learning disability support is being brought forward with the closure of the Six Acres Day Centre in Taunton next year. Somerset County Council and the Discovery social enterprise are committed to a more inclusive, creative approach to Day Services. The nine Day Centres across the county are being reviewed with the aim […]

Another Bumper Summer for Somerset Libraries

Somerset Libraries and Somerset County Council have once again enjoyed a summer full of enthusiastic young readers as part of their Summer Reading Challenge. 7,482 children signed up to take part in this year’s challenge, which was themed ‘Mischief Makers’ in celebration of 80 years of The Beano. Busy staff went on to give out […]

One stop shop for independence

A one-stop shop for equipment, home improvements and advice that will help people live independently at home for longer will open next week near Wellington. The Somerset Independence Plus service will be officially launched on Thursday, 8 November, during national Occupational Therapy Week (5-11 November). There’s an open invitation to the public to look around […]