Category Press releases

Essential resurfacing work on the A39 at Walton

A major scheme to resurface a key road between Bridgwater and Street is planned to take place later this month. The A39 Main Street at Walton is showing signs of deterioration with numerous cracks and potholes on the carriageway. The scheme is the second phase of works at this location which was split to reduce […]

Don’t Slip Up

To help prevent slips and falls in the home and outdoors, Somerset County Council has been promoting some top tips online on how to reduce the risk of a fall this ‘Slips and Falls’ Awareness Week (23-29 Sep). As people get older, there is an increased risk of falling. Simple measures however can reduce the […]

Summer Reading Challenge lands after successful mission

Over 7,000 children visited libraries across Somerset to take part in ‘Space Chase’ – this year’s national Summer Reading Challenge inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Children signed up to read up to six books over the summer and received rewards for every book they read. During the holidays over 160,000 […]

Essential resurfacing work on A39 at Dragon Cross

Essential resurfacing on a key road in West Somerset is due to take place early next month. The A39 at Dragon Cross near Bilbrook has historically been affected by flooding with a number of drainage schemes taking place at this location in recent years to improve the situation. The next step is to improve the […]

Extended Suicide Bereavement Support Service Launched Today

World Suicide Prevention Day (Tuesday 10 September) is being marked today by the launch of an improved and extended Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service funded by Somerset County Council. Somerset is one of just a handful of places in the country to have had a service since 2012, and it is now being expanded to […]

County Council welcomes news of first ships docking at Hinkley Point C

Councillor John Woodman has welcomed this week’s announcement from EDF Energy, saying the new jetty will have a positive impact on Hinkley Point C construction traffic. EDF Energy this week announced that Hinkley Point C’s temporary jetty has become operational, and will allow delivery by sea of the majority of materials for concrete production. Today […]

New school buses are green for go!

A fleet of five low-emission coaches will be hitting the roads of Somerset this week. Somerset County Council has decided to run the coaches on a number of school routes to help address a lack of competition in the market and reduce costs. Following the loss of several large bus/coach operators in recent years, particularly […]

Pop in to the pop-up

  An eye-catching “pop-up” vehicle is out and about in Somerset offering activities and high-tech wizardry throughout the county. Somerset Libraries’ new outreach vehicle is kitted-out with some of the cutting-edge technology which is fast becoming a popular feature in libraries, including the latest virtual reality headsets, 3D printing, augmented reality, drones, tablets and laptops. […]

Red Ensign flies in honour of the Merchant Navy

  The Red Ensign is flying at County Hall in recognition of Merchant Navy Day today (3 Sept). Somerset County Council is joining local authorities across the country in flying the flag, raising awareness of the UK’s on-going dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers and remembering the wartime sacrifices they made. The Second World War broke […]

Volunteer Elaine wins Pride Award

Somerset volunteer Elaine Culley has been honoured for her role in supporting young people and vulnerable adult detainees who enter police custody. Elaine volunteers as an ‘Appropriate Adult’ for Somerset County Council’s Youth Offending Team and has been recognised with a Pride award, presented by Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens. The awards pay tribute […]