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1,600 trees and counting: Somerset Wood organisers say thank you

The first phase of Somerset Wood tree planting is now complete, with organisers thanking volunteers for their “extraordinary” response. More than 200 volunteers have given up their time to get involved in the project that will create a lasting, living memorial to the 11,281 Somerset residents who lost their lives in the First World War. […]

Budget proposals look to the long-term

Somerset County Councillors will next week consider budget plans to tackle its funding gap and lay the foundations for long-term sustainability. The financial plan being discussed by Full Council on Wednesday sets out a proposed net budget of £328m and total spending of £780m* on services in 2019/20, as well as £224m of investment in […]

Young Carers Service update

Somerset County Council is expecting to consider proposals for a new way of supporting young carers early this summer. The Council is exploring a potential new approach that should mean better support for more young people, provided with the help of community organisations which can tap into funding that can’t be accessed by the County […]

Contractor appointed for Junction 25 upgrade

A multi-million pound scheme to upgrade the busy M5 Junction 25 roundabout at Taunton is scheduled to begin next month following the appointment of the principal contractor. Somerset County Council has developed a scheme to increase the capacity of this vital link to improve traffic flow, ease peak hour congestion and unlock land for employment […]

Cabinet says ‘go’ to new getset service proposals

Proposals that would smooth a move to new arrangements for the County Council’s contribution to support for struggling families were approved today. Following a public consultation, Cabinet endorsed a revised approach to changes in the part of the Council’s getset Service that contributes to the support available to families with additional needs, known as level […]

New Local Offer for Somerset Care leavers

  Somerset Care leavers can now benefit from even more advice, support and guidance to help give them the best start into adulthood. Somerset County Council has been working with care leavers, to develop a new Somerset ‘Local Offer’ website for young people at.www.somersetcareleavers.org.uk which will help care leavers from 16 to 25 years, understand […]

Police and Crime Panel approves Commissioner’s precept

The Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Panel today approved a request for an increase of more than 12 per cent in the policing part of Council Tax bills. At its meeting this morning, the panel backed the 12.4 per cent increase for 2019/20 put forward by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens. The […]

HOGs help biker safety in Somerset

Somerset County Council’s road safety team has received a generous donation from Bridgwater bikers. At a recent Biker Down course in Taunton, run jointly by Somerset Road Safety and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, members of Bridgwater Harley Owners Group (HOG) kindly donated £1,000 to Somerset Road Safety in support of their work […]

New getset service proposals

New proposals for part of the County Council’s getset Service were discussed this morning. Following a public consultation, the Children and Families Scrutiny Committee heard that the revised approach would see getset continue to provide some of its support for families with additional needs until March next year. Between now and March 2020, the service […]

Another new bridge for Bridgwater

Bridgwater has another new bridge following the installation of a new 30-metre structure over the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal. The Crossways Bridge is the latest section of the new Colley Lane Southern Access Road which will link Marsh Lane to Parrett Way and help ease congestion along Taunton Road and Broadway. Somerset County Council’s contractor […]