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Library membership soars during lockdown – sign up today

The number of people joining Somerset’s library service has rocketed during the coronavirus lockdown – despite library buildings being closed to the public. The service is proving popular with hundreds of people joining Somerset Libraries online since the Lockdown began – an increase of 544 per cent compared to the number of people joining online […]

Coronavirus – have a plan for your pets

Animal owners are being urged to think ahead about protecting their pets should they fall ill during the Coronavirus crisis. Whether furry, feathered or scaly; having a plan for how animals will be looked after if their owner become unwell makes life easier if it does happen. It will also mean the animal’s welfare won’t […]

Children asked to help with new Somerset “Healthy, Happy and Safe” Campaign

Children in Somerset are being encouraged to take part in a campaign to design a logo for a new ‘Healthy, Happy and Safe’ campaign aimed at countering the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Healthy Somerset website – run by Somerset County Council’s Public Health team, has been updated to provide key information on dealing […]

“Please stay home” Easter message from Public Health Director

Somerset’s Director of Public Health has issued a personal plea for people to stay at home this Easter – and not be tempted to visit family. In a video message posted on Somerset County Council’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, Trudi Grant has reminded people that staying home will save lives and protect the NHS. On […]

Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline launched

A single phone number is now available for anyone in Somerset who needs Coronavirus-related support from their councils. The Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline number, 0300 790 6275, is now live and will make it easier for people access any local authority help they may need, including emotional support, in the current crisis. It links together […]

Stay home and save lives this Easter

Residents and would-be tourists are being urged to stay away from Somerset’s beauty spots and visitor attractions this Easter. With fine weather forecast and the Easter holidays about to start, it’s essential that the public is not tempted to travel to take advantage of the beautiful Somerset outdoors. Somerset’s local authorities oversee Areas of Outstanding […]

Schools and National Park Rangers think inside the box to feed families

Remote households in the wilds of Exmoor are getting vital food supplies delivered to their door during the coronavirus emergency thanks to some innovative teamwork. The Moorland Federation of Schools is working with Exmoor National Park Authority to help those families who live miles from any supermarket – with teachers joining forces with National Park […]

Look after your neighbour and your community as COVID-19 cases increase

There has been an outpouring of public support and care for each other across Somerset communities as COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to increase across the UK. Somerset County Council is delighted to see so many rally around and offer their support to those in communities self-isolating, the elderly or those in identified ‘at risk’ groups such […]

England Coast Path closed due to a landslip

The England Coast Path (ECP) has been closed between Watchet and Blue Anchor due to a landslip. Somerset County Council is responsible for maintaining the ECP within the county boundaries and closed the path at the weekend in the interest of public safety. An inland diversion is available, and the details for this can be […]

Prestigious innovation award for Squibbers Way project

The project team involved with designing and building Squibbers Way in Bridgwater has scooped a prestigious award for overcoming engineering challenges through innovation. Somerset County Council, in partnership with main contractor Whitemountain, won first place in the 2020 South West Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) Innovation Award. The project was also Highly Commended […]