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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, […]

Council calls public meeting to discuss next steps for Chinnock Hollow

A landslide-hit road near Yeovil is the focus for a public meeting next month where Somerset County Council’s Highways team will outline the next steps. Chinnock Hollow has been closed since 21 February 2021 following a significant landslide involving 20 tonnes of rock and sand as well as a large tree. The debris rolled down […]

Have your say on Somerset’s economic future 

Residents, businesses and other groups are being asked to have their say on what the economic future holds for Somerset.  The Somerset Economic Futures project has been commissioned by Somerset County Council, Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council and South Somerset District Council.  From April 2023, the five councils will […]

Local Proclamation in Taunton

Union flags are being flown at half-mast across the county to mark the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The National Proclamation, the official announcement of Her Majesty’s death and acknowledgement of the commencement of the King’s new reign, will take place at 11am on Saturday 10 September at St James Palace. The Local […]

Statements from Somerset County Council and the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset

Chair of Somerset County Council, Cllr Mike Best, said: “On behalf of our residents, Somerset County Council offers deepest sympathies to the Royal family on the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.   “Details on books of condolence, church services, floral tributes and funeral arrangements will follow in due course.”  Annie Maw, Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, said: […]

Six places to visit in Somerset this summer

From bustling towns offering delicious dishes for all to enjoy, to peaceful countryside hiding historical treasures, Somerset is the perfect place to visit this summer – and by staying local, the local economy will have a much-needed boost too. Somerset County Council is working in partnership with Visit Somerset and Visit Exmoor to encourage people […]

Vital safety features to be improved on cliff-top road

Work to update safety measures on a spectacular coastal road near Watchet begins next month with the installation of new safety gates and advanced signage. The scheme on the B3191 Cleeve Hill Road is based on flood gates installed on the Somerset Levels, and will prevent access either side of the narrowest section of the […]

Council’s double delight at Somerset Education Business Partnership awards

Somerset County Council picked up two honours at the recent Somerset Education Business Partnership (SEBP) Awards held in Bridgwater.  Somerset County Council collected one award for its work supporting young people faced with disadvantages in getting work opportunities, and another for the way the Highways team delivered social and community benefits throughout the pandemic.  The […]

Major step forward for M5 Junction 26 improvements 

A £5.7million scheme to upgrade Junction 26 of the M5 along with a connecting link road has moved closer following the appointment of a contractor. The scheme will see the ageing concrete surface of Junction 26 near Wellington and the A38 link road to Chelston completely renewed.The original concrete surface, constructed in 1974, is showing […]

Discover Somerset and support the local economy this summer

Make the most of Somerset and Exmoor this summer and give our local economy a much-needed boost – that’s the message from Somerset County Council in partnership with Visit Somerset and Visit Exmoor. Somerset is a large and varied county with many exciting things to do along the coast and beautiful countryside inland – fun […]