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Take a break with Dry January

Drinkers are encouraged to take a break from the booze this January – and have a dry one. Somerset County Council is backing ‘Dry January’, the national campaign led by Alcohol Change UK which aims to encourage drinkers to give up alcohol for the month and reset their relationship. During Dry January last year, 88 […]

Squibbers Way to open next week

Bridgwater’s new link road Squibbers Way will open to the public next week with a spectacular mini squibbing display. Construction of the new road is nearly complete and Somerset County Council is working with main contractor Whitemountain and Bridgwater Carnival to organise a mini squibbing display to celebrate the road’s link to Bridgwater’s famous tradition. […]

New dates for Climate Emergency drop-ins

Rescheduled public events to discuss the creation of Somerset’s first Climate Emergency Strategy have been confirmed. The ‘Have your say’ drop-ins will take place in each District Council area in January and February, being run by the Somerset Climate Action Network (SCAN) on behalf of Somerset’s four District Councils and the County Council. Earlier this […]

#16Days of action to help combat domestic abuse

Somerset County Council is backing a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence in a bid to end it. Sixteen Days of Action against domestic abuse started this week (Monday 25 November) and runs until Monday 10 December. Working with partners, including health and police professionals, the Council wants to raise awareness of domestic […]

Don’t let your tipple topple your health

Many of us enjoy a tipple or two, but Somerset County Council and health partners are encouraging everyone this Alcohol Awareness Week (11 to 17 Nov) to know their limits and get everyone thinking and talking about their drinking. This week’s theme is ‘Alcohol and me’ and aims to raise awareness of the health risks […]

Superfast broadband public consultation launched

A public consultation has been launched by Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) ahead of undertaking a fresh procurement to find contractors to provide superfast broadband. CDS, which is responsible for rolling out broadband across the two counties, is establishing the remaining area where there are no current or credible future plans to deliver Next Generation […]

Somerset County Council Scrutiny Committee wowed by progress at Hinkley Point C

The construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station has been described as the biggest boost to the economy of the area for a generation. Progress on the site has been praised by SCC’s Scrutiny Committee for Place; a group made up of councillors and senior officers who recently visited the site. Councillor Ann Bown, […]

Pupils get early sight of ancient Somerton settlement

Children in Somerton have been given a sneak peek at an ancient settlement unearthed on the site of the town’s new school. Four classes from King Ina Academy Junior School were shown around the site of the new Somerton school by archaeologists excavating ahead of construction on Council-owned land off Northfields. Initial works have uncovered […]

Climate Emergency drop-ins rescheduled

Following the announcement of a December General Election, the public events organised to discuss a Somerset Climate Emergency strategy have been moved to the New Year. The ‘Have your say’ drop-in events had been scheduled to take place in each District Council area before Christmas, but will now take place in January and February 2020. […]

Panel seeks volunteers for crucial role

A crucial role has become available to help Somerset County Council decide how much allowance to pay its councillors. The Joint Independent Remuneration Panel is looking for two new volunteers. Although a voluntary role, panel members receive a travel allowance for attending meetings and a small annual payment. Members of the Panel should be able […]