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Oscar Mayer, Chard: Joint Statement by Leaders of Somerset County Council and South Somerset District Council

“We were saddened to hear the news of the potential loss of Oscar Mayer and 860 jobs from their factories in Chard. This is a blow to the economy and the community of Chard at what is already a challenging time. We are committed to working together to support all those at risk of losing […]

Temporary one-way system for Glastonbury High Street

A one-way system is to be introduced temporarily to Glastonbury High Street to support social distancing and the control of coronavirus. The measure will start on 26 October during half term and will last for a number of weeks with an end date yet to be confirmed. Key details:• The one-way system on High Street […]

Plans published on Somerset’s Climate Emergency following public feedback

Draft plans have now been drawn up on how Somerset will tackle the changing climate in a brand-new Climate Emergency Strategy, developed by the five councils in Somerset. Earlier this year people in Somerset were invited to have their say about the global Climate Emergency and Somerset’s plans to become carbon neutral by 2030. The […]

Board urges people to follow government guidelines as Mendip sees increase in positive coronavirus cases

The Somerset Local Outbreak Engagement Board is urging people in the Mendip area to stay vigilant after a significant rise in positive coronavirus cases. Although the rates of infection remain low in Somerset as a whole, there is an increase in numbers in the county with more cases emerging in Mendip. Of the 59 new […]

Cycling and walking improvements near busy Creech Castle junction to start next month

Advance works to improve cycling and walking facilities near the busy Creech Castle junction in Taunton are due to start early next month. Somerset County Council originally planned to start work on a major improvement scheme on the Toneway Creech Castle junction in April 2020 but this was postponed until 2021 to support the local […]

Message of support to pupils and staff after difficult exam confusion

The achievements of young people in Somerset should not be forgotten in the confusion of the past week, says Somerset County Council’s Education Cabinet Member. On GCSE results day Councillor Faye Purbrick has sent a personal message of support on behalf of the Council to all students and staff after a rollercoaster two weeks during […]

Students’ hard work celebrated as first results day dawns

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education has applauded the hard work of Somerset students as today they start to receive their exam results following an unparalleled few months. Today (13 August), students in Somerset will be collecting their A-level results and next Thursday (20 August), thousands more pupils will receive their GCSE results. Cllr […]

Team future-proofs online learning for Somerset pupils

Children in Somerset have the technical support to help ensure the impact of coronavirus on their education is minimised thanks to a dedicated team delivering innovation in online learning. Back in March at the start of lockdown the county’s e-Learning and Information Management (eLIM) team, which supports Somerset County Council’s schools with online learning and […]

Childcare provision available for all ages

It’s vital key workers in health and essential services along with other parents across Somerset can access childcare provision this summer. And Somerset County Council has been working hard with providers to ensure as many families as possible can find the places they need. This summer there will be a range of support available for […]

Help further improve Somerset’s Streets

Members of the public are urged to have their say on temporary walking and cycling measures in Somerset. A number of temporary measures, including pedestrianised high streets, introduced to encourage social distancing and positively support the safe movement of pedestrians and cyclists, have now been in operation for around 4 weeks.  Feedback and information on […]