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Council drives multi-million pound road schemes forward

Somerset County Council’s commitment to investment is stepping up a gear this summer with delivery of vital road improvement schemes.   In recent weeks the County Council has confirmed plans to invest £10m on public health initiatives and £6m on economic development to kickstart Somerset’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.   Now the focus turns […]

Somerset leading nationwide changes to make healthcare more accessible

Somerset is the first county to launch a number of national initiatives designed to help make health services more accessible for people with learning disabilities and/or autism…

£10m boost for public health to aid Somerset’s recovery from Covid

Somerset County Council is putting the health of Somerset’s residents first with a £10m boost to embed public health across all areas of council services. In announcing its spending plans for 2021/22, the County Council has confirmed investment to keep our residents safe, improve people’s physical and mental wellbeing, and help the county recover from […]

Play your part to reduce spread as lockdown measures are further eased

Somerset’s residents are encouraged to enjoy new freedoms like hugging and socialising indoors – but to do so carefully, as lockdown rules are further eased. From today (Monday, May 17) rules have been relaxed to enable people to socialise in limited numbers, hug loved ones, and visit pubs and restaurants indoors. But with cases of […]

Vital resurfacing work scheduled on A358

A crucial scheme to resurface part of a key road between Taunton and Minehead is planned to take place next month. Somerset County Council’s Highways team will be resurfacing a stretch of the A358 near Combe Florey, between Williton Road and Coggins Lane, as the carriageway is in need of urgent repair. A temporary road […]

Somerset gritters rack up 70,200 miles in turbulent year

Somerset County Council’s gritting teams are standing down season after travelling the equivalent of nearly three times around the world this winter. The fleet of 23 gritters were needed on 66 occasions when freezing temperatures were forecast, treating around 900 miles of road each time to help prevent ice forming with 1842 route actions in […]

Food support for families over May half-term

Somerset County Council will continue to provide help to families in need of food support over the May half-term period. At its Full Council meeting on Wednesday, May 5, the Council Leader Cllr David Fothergill confirmed plans to allocate a total of £250,000 of funding to schools in Somerset to fund food vouchers over the […]

All set for a superb Somerset Day

Tuesday 11th May is Somerset Day and Somerset County Council will be celebrating the day with the launch of the new Somerset Medal. While many events have been curtailed due to Covid-19 restrictions there is still a lot happening to mark the occasion. The Council is paying tribute to those who made superhuman efforts to […]

Big changes to modernise marriage registration

New legislation coming into force this week is set to modernise marriage registration for the first time since 1837. The Marriage Schedule System will move away from the current paper register (the traditional book which is signed by the couple and their witnesses) to a more secure system for keeping marriage records. The electronic register […]

Director of Public Health urges those with Covid-19 symptoms to book PCR test

Somerset residents are being reminded that they need to book a PCR test if they are showing symptoms of Covid-19, or have tested positive using a ‘lateral flow’ (rapid) test kit. While the ‘lateral flow’ tests are a useful screening tool, the PCR test is considered the ‘Gold Standard’ and should be taken by anyone […]