Category Press releases

New date for Squibbers Way opening

An event to celebrate the opening of Bridgwater’s new Squibbers Way has been rescheduled to avoid clashing with the General Election. Somerset County Council is working with main contractor Whitemountain and Bridgwater Carnival to organise a spectacular mini squibbing display to mark the opening of the new link road. This was due to take place […]

Don’t let your tipple topple your health

Many of us enjoy a tipple or two, but Somerset County Council and health partners are encouraging everyone this Alcohol Awareness Week (11 to 17 Nov) to know their limits and get everyone thinking and talking about their drinking. This week’s theme is ‘Alcohol and me’ and aims to raise awareness of the health risks […]

Major drainage upgrade on A358 near Chard

A major engineering scheme to upgrade drainage on the A358 between Chard and Tatworth starts next week. The section of Two Ash Hill near Two Ash Lane has been subject to issues with localised flooding in the past. This scheme will replace the drainage system along a 330m stretch of road, including new chambers, covers […]

Pilot scheme puts social care in A&E

A pioneering pilot scheme to help ease the pressures on NHS resources this winter is being spearheaded by Somerset County Council and local NHS partners. Starting in the next few months, the trial will see the authority base a social worker in the A&E departments at the county’s two major hospitals – Musgrove Park in […]

Somerset County Council Scrutiny Committee wowed by progress at Hinkley Point C

The construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station has been described as the biggest boost to the economy of the area for a generation. Progress on the site has been praised by SCC’s Scrutiny Committee for Place; a group made up of councillors and senior officers who recently visited the site. Councillor Ann Bown, […]

Lest we forget . . .

  As Somerset prepares for Remembrance Sunday, local health and care leaders are taking the opportunity to remind us of the support and assistance available to those who have served and their families. Dr Ed Ford, Chair of Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and local GP, said: “Somerset has a long and proud association with the […]

Fewer collisions but small increase in number of road deaths in 2018

Newly released statistics show there were 971 injury collisions on Somerset’s roads in 2018 – the lowest number ever reported in the county. The number of people killed or seriously injured remained at 154, the same as in 2017 – although the number of road deaths did increase by 18 per cent to 26. This […]

Breastfeeding: Going for gold

Somerset County Council is setting its sights on gold in recognition of the countywide achievements in promoting and supporting breastfeeding mums. Somerset’s Public Health Nursing Team have again been accredited with Unicef’s Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) standard 3 – and the authority now wants to go one step further and achieve gold, the highest Unicef […]

Three opportunities to join the DoE adventure

Somerset County Council is looking for people to fill three new exciting Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteering opportunities. Whether it’s helping at the Bath & West Show, supervising at Kilve Court or assessing expeditions, each is a great way to get out into the fresh air, do something different, bolster young people’s confidence and help […]

Volunteers needed to support young people in care

Volunteers are urgently needed to help support Somerset children and young people in care have fun, gain confidence, rebuild trust and speak up for them in key meetings. Age and background don’t matter – but commitment and a willingness to connect with children and young people who need independent support are essential. Somerset County Council […]