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Big step forward as partners buoyed by constructive devolution meeting

Heart of the South West devolution proposals took a significant step forward this week when partners had a positive meeting with key civil servants. Leaders and Chief Executives representing local authorities from Somerset, Devon, Plymouth, Torbay, Exeter and East Devon alongside the Local Enterprise Partnership met with staff from the Department for Business, Energy and […]

Ribbon cut at £4.2million new school as pupils bloom on big day to remember

Staff and pupils at Somerset’s newest primary school had a day to remember as dignitaries from Somerset County Council joined them for its official launch. Primrose Lane Primary opened its doors in the summer, following the recent completion of a £4.2m, eight-classroom project – including a nursey – built to meet Yeovil’s growing demand for […]


Plans outlined as Council looks to bridge budget gap

Plans to bridge a £13m budget gap will be discussed next week as Somerset County Council seeks to protect services for the most vulnerable while Government funding falls. The Council will continue to spend more than £300m on services to residents. The plans focus on a combination of savings and proposals to make use of […]

Have your say on A358 upgrade

Somerset County Council is urging residents to take part in a second Highways England consultation on improvements to the A358. The supplementary consultation starts on Tuesday, 16 January, and will be seeking views on several options for the section between the M5 and the A358 at West Hatch. Lasting six weeks, the consultation closes on […]

CDS to deliver superfast broadband to thousands more in Somerset

Thousands more homes and businesses in Somerset are in line for access to superfast broadband following a major Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) expansion plan. The Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) agency has given the go-ahead for CDS to increase access to the ultrafast broadband network being delivered by Gigaclear by more than 2,000 more […]

Sparky the dragon gives volunteer drivers a Christmas surprise

Sparky the dragon, Somerset County Council’s mascot, surprised volunteer drivers and patients with mince pies and Christmas cheer at Taunton’s dialysis centre, last week. Sparky thanked the drivers for their dedication and the valuable support they provide to non-emergency NHS patients and social care users, ranging from the elderly to young children. Nearly 200 dedicated […]

Hospital stays reduced thanks to Home First

A new social care and health initiative in Somerset has already helped hundreds of people return safely home earlier from hospital. Since the initiative launched in September over 300 people have been supported to move on from hospital sooner and average stays in hospital have been reduced by five days for each person. As soon […]

New cycleway open in Cannington

Cyclists and pedestrians received a boost yesterday (Monday 11 December) when a new footway/cycleway officially opened which links Cannington to Sandford Corner. Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member for Resources & Economic Development at Somerset County Council and guests celebrated the opening of a new 1.2KM (0.75 miles) footway/ cycleway alongside the A39 between Cannington and […]

Keep Warm and Keep Well this winter

Somerset’s public health advisors and family doctors are reminding elderly people and those people with long-term conditions, to keep warm if they want to keep well this winter. The seasonal cold and damp weather at this time of year can take its toll on the health of most vulnerable members of the community, like people […]

Somerset ‘social prescribing’ gets financial boost

Health services in Somerset are set to forge stronger links with the voluntary and community sector after a £60K financial boost helps ‘Social Prescribing’ take a leap forward. ‘Social Prescribing’, as described by the NHS, links people with health problems into practical and emotional support in communities and the voluntary sector. Participants meet with a professional […]