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Minister lobbied on key issues

County Council Leader John Osman lobbied hard for Somerset residents during a visit from a key Government minister today (Thursday). Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for local government, was in Wells as part of a whistle-stop visit and in a ‘positive’ meeting Councillor Osman was able to press him on key issues facing the […]

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A £24m high five for economic growth

Somerset will benefit from around £24m of Government funding for five key projects to boost employment and economic growth. Today’s Growth Deal funding announcement from Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy allocated £43.5m to the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP), in which Somerset County Council is a key partner. It […]

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Funding for advanced technology to aid traffic

Somerset County Council has received £290,000 of funding from the Department for Transport to support technology to cut congestion, speed up journeys and clean up the environment. The funding will enable EDF Energy’s HGVs and park-and-ride buses to use innovative on board technology that will communicate with traffic lights to provide advance phase and timing […]

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Busy A39/A361 junction set for revamp

A key junction where the busy A39 meets the A361 near Ashcott is in line for essential improvements next month. The A39 will be fully resurfaced from the Normans Lane junction to just past the Pipers Inn car park, including the junction with the A361. A specialist high friction road surface and improved road markings […]

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A Service Fit For The Future

Learning Disability services ‘will improve’ and ‘will modernise’ making it fit for the future when it transfers to a new Social Enterprise, Full Council heard today. A number of LD staff, service users and their families gathered at Full Council earlier today to hear Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr William Wallace, confirm that […]

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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, […]

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Somerset County Council welcomes free community bus service

Somerset County Council has welcomed the free community bus service funded by EDF Energy from Bridgwater to Minehead. The service, which launched today (Monday 6 February), fills some of the gap left when Webberbus ceased to trade late last year and has followed lengthy discussions between EDF Energy, local communities and local bus companies. The […]

Budget plans endorsed by Cabinet

Key Somerset County Councillors have endorsed plans to deliver a balanced budget despite huge financial pressures. The proposals look to deliver £18m of savings in the next financial year while protecting the frontline and meeting the rising demand for services. Like all local authorities, the council has faced a dramatic reduction in funding over the […]

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Plan for productivity launched

A plan to put Somerset at the heart of the nation’s industrial strategy has been launched today. The Productivity Plan aims to make sure the Heart of the South West area makes a significant contribution to the UK’s future productivity growth – with all the improvements to living standards and economic benefits that come with […]

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Grant awarded to LGBT youth group

Somerset County Council has awarded a one-year grant to youth group 2BU. 2BU’s contract with the council ends at the end of March and is being replaced with a grant, reviewed annually, bringing it into line with other youth groups. 2BU provides advice and support for Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) young people. “We […]