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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 […]

Somerset’s Public Health advise Burnham on Sea’s Businesses at Chamber meeting

Public health officials have been working with businesses in Burnham-on-Sea to give advice on how to react to a positive or suspected Covid-19 case at their premises. This comes as a second positive case has recently been identified in the town. These cases are not thought at this time to be linked. Somerset’s Public Health […]

A clear case for One Somerset – why one council is better than five

A new single council for Somerset would put an end to confusion for residents, give greater powers to local communities and free up millions of pounds that can be reinvested in frontline services – that’s according to a new report out today. The business case for One Somerset, published today by Somerset County Council, highlights […]

Council’s legal challenge over school is successful

A review into the future of the current schools system in Ilminster and Crewkerne will restart, after Somerset County Council won a key legal battle last week. Since 2018, the Council has been working with headteachers and governors of schools in the area to review the education provision, which includes Swanmead Middle School, as the […]

Graphic informing people to look out for others during hot weather

Keep Somerset safe during hot weather

With hot weather expected over the next few days, Somerset County Council is asking people to keep an eye out for vulnerable friends and neighbours…

£120k for temporary measures to encourage walking and cycling

Somerset has been allocated £120,000 in emergency funding for temporary measures to encourage walking and cycling. The Department for Transport has now confirmed details of the first £45m from its £250m emergency active travel fund*. The five Local Authorities in Somerset have been working with the police and other partners to identify a list of […]

#NoClosedDoors2020 – suggested intranet and newsletter copy

More resources are available in the #NoClosedDoors2020 Media Centre. Suggested intranet copy: Domestic abuse -don’t suffer in silence, help is still available Restrictions imposed because of the pandemic may heighten domestic tensions and increase domestic abuse – for some people home is not always the safe place it should be. Whilst it is essential that […]

#NoClosedDoors2020 photo library

A selection of emotive photographs that you can use in your media copy. (More resources are available at in our #NoClosedDoors2020 Media centre.) More resources are available in our #NoClosedDoors Media Centre.

Coronavirus Public Health Messages – on the Road

Vital public health messages are going mobile in Somerset as Somerset County Council uses its fleet of highways vehicles to spread the word about some of the best ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19. From this week, around 29 Council vans will be seen around the Yeovil, Taunton, Minehead, Glastonbury and Bridgwater areas sporting […]

Remain ‘Alert’ to keep Somerset’s COVID-19 rates low

Somerset residents are urged to continue to follow Public Health guidance after new COVID-19 data released shows the infection rate in the County remains low compared to other areas. As of 27 May 2020, the Office of National Statistics show there were 672 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Somerset with 147 individuals sadly losing their […]