Category Press releases

Trees relocated as work begins on vital upgrade of Taunton’s Junction 25

A multi-million pound scheme to upgrade the busy M5 Junction 25 roundabout at Taunton is now underway with hundreds of trees relocated to a nearby conservation area. Representatives from Somerset County Council were joined by principal contractors Alun Griffiths, funding partners and others on site today to mark the start of advance site clearance works. […]

Junction 25 upgrade – community drop-in events

Members of the public and local businesses are invited to meet the team behind the M5 Junction 25 improvements and see the plans in more detail at two community drop-in events. Somerset County Council has developed a scheme to increase the capacity of this vital Taunton link to improve traffic flow, ease peak hour congestion […]

County Council backs investment programme

Investment of more than £224m in highways, schools, other capital projects over the next four years was agreed by Somerset County Council today. The capital investment programme approved at the Full Council’s budget-setting meeting today will see £89m invested in the county next year alone. This includes £13.5m for secondary and primary schools, £700,000 for […]

Transport Minister welcomed to Somerset

The M5, A303/A358 and improved strategic rail links were among the topics of conversation as the Leader of Somerset County Council welcomed the Secretary of State for Transport to Taunton today. Councillor David Fothergill hosted the event at Somerset County Cricket Club where MPs, council leaders and key members of the local business community had […]

Share your experiences of health visiting services in Somerset

Parents of young children in Somerset are being asked to share their views and experiences about the health visiting services they have received in the County, to help shape the service going forward. The county’s independent health and social care champion Healthwatch Somerset wants to find out about parents of under 5s experience of the […]

Somerset schools supporting Mental Health

Over 60 Somerset schools have signed up to the County Council’s approach to supporting young people’s wellbeing and mental health. This week is Children’s Mental Health Awareness week (4 – 10 February) and with 10 per cent of pupils known to have a clinically diagnosed mental health issue (DfE 2015), the Council recognises the importance […]

New Local Offer for Somerset Care leavers

  Somerset Care leavers can now benefit from even more advice, support and guidance to help give them the best start into adulthood. Somerset County Council has been working with care leavers, to develop a new Somerset ‘Local Offer’ website for young people at.www.somersetcareleavers.org.uk which will help care leavers from 16 to 25 years, understand […]

New Yeovil ‘throughabout’ opening next week

Somerset’s first ‘throughabout’ will be opening in Yeovil next week as the Western Corridor improvement scheme passes another key milestone. 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 […]

Outing the Past

Come along and find out more about LGBT and its history in Somerset Libraries first ‘Outing the Past’ Festival taking place in Taunton Library on 2 February 2019. In celebration of the national LGBT History month, the Festival programme starts at 10.45am and covers a wide variety of topics and historical periods – attendees can […]

Investing millions to improve Somerset’s roads

Millions of pounds will be invested to repair and improve roads across Somerset during the first part of 2019. Somerset County Council is planning a number of major and minor maintenance schemes this quarter, thanks in part to the £9.98m one-off pot of money for road repairs announced by the Department for Transport late last […]