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Somerset flooding threat is no longer a major incident

The Environment Agency and the local authorities in Somerset have removed the major incident status declared last week as flood risk in the county has reduced.

Platinum Jubilee Village Hall Fund open now

On Tuesday 20 December, the Government announced that the Platinum Jubilee Village Hall Fund was open for applications. The fund is managed by the charity Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and village halls in England can now apply for grants to improve and modernise their facilities. Village halls interested in applying can request […]

Council pushes for urgent landlord action on A358 land slips

Somerset County Council is working with a local landowner to ensure work is carried out urgently to prevent any further landslips onto a vital county route. This week the Council’s Highways team is carrying out essential drainage upgrade and clearance works along the A358 at Combe Florey. This key route links Taunton to West Somerset […]

MBE honour for Somerset Libraries manager Sue

Sue Crowley, Somerset County Council’s Strategic Manager for Library and Registration Services, has been honoured for her contribution to public library services.

Somerset County Council statement regarding Boxing Day hunt parades

We can confirm that the council is not using any powers to close roads for hunt meets this year.  We have spoken to the hunts identified by AAF and two have confirmed they will meet on private land and the third will not be closing the road. We apologise for any misunderstandings in relation to […]

‘Bus It’ for £2 on single bus journeys across Somerset

Bus users in Somerset will be able to travel on most routes in the county for just £2 from January. The major fare cut is part of an initiative funded by the Government aimed at boosting bus use while helping passengers to save money as the cost of living crisis continues to bite, fuelled in […]

Let’s celebrate Winter Solstice at Glastonbury Tor by looking after this special place and each other

Glastonbury Multi-Agency Group (MAG) news release People planning to celebrate the Winter Solstice at Glastonbury Tor are being encouraged to play their part in ensuring there’s minimal disruption and damage to the ancient site. Irresponsible vehicle parking on Stonedown Lane close to the Tor’s north entrance has been a feature of previous Solstices, with emergency […]

Yellow Sign with 'Cold Weather Ahead' written on it with cold, snowy backdrop

Stay safe and warm during cold weather this winter

With low temperatures and potentially severe overnight frosts forecast across the South West from Wednesday, Somerset County Council’s public health team are encouraging people to stay warm and look out for those most at risk from the effects of cold weather.

Employers’ toolkit launched to help tackle domestic abuse

To coincide with the international campaign, ‘Sixteen Days of Action’ against domestic abuse, (25 November – 10 December), Somerset County Council has launched a new toolkit for employers. The campaign encourages employers to play their part in tackling domestic abuse and learn how to spot signs that an employee may be in an abusive relationship. […]

Duncan Sharkey meets Bill Revans

Somerset Councils welcome new Chief Executive Officer

Duncan Sharkey, the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Somerset County Council, today (Monday 3 October) arrived for his first day in the office. Duncan got straight to work, convening the most senior officers from Somerset’s five councils, to focus on immediate actions needed to create a resilient new unitary council, which he will head, […]