Category Projects

Digital Innovation Centre set for Firepool site

Somerset County Council has approved funding which paves the way for a new £11m Digital Innovation Centre at the Firepool site in Taunton. The centre will be a flagship development for Taunton, building on local strengths in the digital sector and forming a key part of plans for recovery and transformation of the Somerset economy, […]

Park and ride for free as Toneway Creech Castle upgrade gets underway

Taunton’s park and ride service will be made free of charge as part of a special initiative to encourage use of the park and ride service and, minimise disruption during a major upgrade of the Creech Castle junction. The £8.3m project was deferred last year because of the pandemic, now work is about to begin […]

Developer to undertake key access works

Important works are starting in Taunton this month around the A38 Mary Street, Billetfield and Paul Street junctions, to support a residential development. The developer of the Platinum Skies retirement complex on the former Quantock House site has helped us to draft this set of Q&As which hopefully explain what’s happening, why and how this […]

Junction 25 project nets prestigious awards

A multi-million pound project to upgrade Taunton’s M5 Junction 25 has won a brace of awards at a top industry event this week.   Somerset County Council Highways and partners picked up the Project of the Year and Collaboration Awards at the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transport  (CIHT) South West Awards 2021 for the […]

Government praises Council’s ‘cost effective’ schools programme

Somerset’s work to build and expand schools has been highlighted as a model of good practice by Government. The County Council has been praised by Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Education for its ‘efficient’ and ‘cost effective’ schools capital programme. In his letter to the Council’s Chief Executive, Pat Flaherty, Lord Agnew said the Government […]

Yeovil Copse Road junction next for switch-on

The Yeovil Western Corridor improvement scheme is set to reach another landmark next week with the switch-on of the new upgraded Copse Road junction. 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. […]

The Bridgwater Way returns – reducing congestion and helping healthier lifestyles

Businesses, schools and communities in Bridgwater are being invited to sign-up to the next stage of an initiative to change the way people travel in and around the town. Phase two of The Bridgwater Way, run by Somerset County Council and funded by EDF Energy, aims to ease traffic congestion and make it easier for […]

Update on Chard’s Cresta pool

After 30 years of service, Somerset County Council is intending to take a decision to close Cresta swimming pool in Chard at the end of the summer in the face of £1m repair and refurbishment costs. A recent survey has estimated what needs to be spent to replace failing pumps and other essential equipment, as […]

Costa Coffee Supports Fostering and Adoption in Somerset

Somerset County Council’s Fostering and Adoption Recruitment Service is teaming up with Costa Coffee, to help the search for Foster Carers and Adopters. The coffee chain is, once again, supporting the cause as part of its Project Inspiration Community Initiative. They are providing space, time and refreshments for people to come together to find out […]

Business boost for Wells as Enterprise Centre is given the green light

New jobs could be on their way to Wells, as plans for an exciting new enterprise hub are given the go ahead. Planning permission for the Wells Technology Enterprise Centre (WTEC), a new 550 fifty square metre, purpose-built business space has been approved by Mendip District Council. The new Enterprise Centre, located on Cathedral Park, […]