Category Press releases

Become a Somerset Member of Youth Parliament

Somerset’s Youth Parliament is seeking nominations from young people aged 11 to 18 wishing to become a Member of Youth Parliament (MYP). Nationally, over 300 elected representatives work with central and local government to make sure young people’s voices are heard. Supported by Somerset County Council, Somerset MYPs campaign on a range of issues, advise, […]

Somerset school governance professional scoops national award for outstanding practice

Ann Adams, Service Manager at Somerset County Council’s Support Services for Education (SSE), was a finalist in the outstanding lead governance professional category at the National Governance Association’s (NGA) Outstanding Governance Awards 2021 on Thursday 9 September. The category – newly introduced for 2021 – recognises individuals leading and managing governance across several schools. Ann […]

Team effort aims to improve lives by tackling flooding

Works to reduce hazardous flooding on the main road serving West Somerset are set to be carried out next month by Somerset County Council Highways.  The A39 at Carhampton Cross has long been a flooding trouble spot, with excessive water regularly posing a danger to road users or making it impassable. This has caused widespread disruption for residents, businesses and visitors. Water cascading down from Carhampton Cross has also regularly […]

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Somerset wins prestigious local government award

Somerset County Council has won a prestigious national award…

Somerset’s Public Health Director thanks residents ahead of Government’s Winter Plan rollout

Health leaders in Somerset welcome a cautious approach as the Government unveils its plans for tackling Covid-19 during Autumn and Winter, placing an emphasis on the importance of vaccinations, testing and tracing, and individual’s behaviour. From as soon as next week, vaccines will be offered to otherwise healthy 12 – 15-year-olds, via the school immunisation […]

County Council’s climate fund brings good vibes to West Somerset

A new scheme bringing sustainably grown vegetables to communities is one of many green initiatives benefiting from Somerset County Council’s Climate Emergency Community Fund. The ‘Good Vibe Veg’ project in Horner, West Somerset is one the many green schemes being supported by the County Council’s £1 million investment. It’s widely recognised that local, small-scale food […]

Apply now for 2022 school places

Somerset parents and carers are being urged to apply for school places online and on time. Whether your child is starting school for the first time, or transferring to their next school, applications need to be made through Somerset County Council’s website: http://www.somerset.gov.uk/admissions For secondary school places, applications open today (Monday 13 September 2021) and […]

New Covid-19 Testing site opens at Wembdon Village Hall, Bridgwater

A new drive-through coronavirus testing facility has opened for locals and the wider Bridgwater community at the Wembdon Village Hall, known locally as The Green. This testing site is situated in an area of the car park and will not affect the day to day running of the Village Hall. The new testing site opened on Monday, September 6 and is only available to those with Covid-19 symptoms […]

Free emergency preparedness training for Somerset residents

Somerset’s residents are invited to sign up to free, interactive online training with emergency responders and volunteer organisations throughout October, organised by the Somerset Prepared partnership.  The fourth annual Resilience event starts with live talks on Monday 4 October and aims to help communities become better prepared for emergencies as well as looking at wider preparedness measures that anyone can take.  Anyone […]

Taunton Racecourse vaccination centre to move to Firepool site

More changes are planned in the local roll out of the Somerset COVID vaccination programme next month.  Plans are now in place to move the vaccination centre from the existing location at Taunton Racecourse to a new site at Firepool, in Taunton in early October, after delivering 150,000 Covid jabs. Pre-booked vaccination appointments and walk-ins […]