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Another new bridge for Bridgwater

Bridgwater has another new bridge following the installation of a new 30-metre structure over the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal. The Crossways Bridge is the latest section of the new Colley Lane Southern Access Road which will link Marsh Lane to Parrett Way and help ease congestion along Taunton Road and Broadway. Somerset County Council’s contractor […]

Patients avoid 7,500 nights in hospital through Somerset’s Homefirst scheme

Patients avoided 7,500 nights in hospital and the NHS saved at least £2m to be reinvested by choosing a tailored Somerset help at home scheme. The pioneering ‘Homefirst’ scheme, which has been jointly developed by the County Council’s adult social care team and the county’s hospitals, reduces hospital stays by up to 10 days by […]

Proposals to bridge budget gap

Proposals to bridge around £8m of Somerset County Council’s projected budget gap for next financial year will be discussed this month. The Authority’s Scrutiny meetings and Cabinet will consider the plans as part of the budget-setting process that culminates at full council next month. For 2019/20, decisions and actions already taken address around £7m of […]

Change the way you travel – and earn prizes along the way

The Bridgwater Way is inviting the local community to change the way they travel in and around the town – and earn rewards at the same time. A new scheme is being introduced that will enable people to track their travel movements through a mobile phone App, earning points and prizes as they adapt their […]

Making sure the voice of Somerset’s youth is heard

Young people from across Somerset have elected next year’s Members and Deputies for the UK Youth Parliament. These ‘members-elect’ will represent local young people from all backgrounds, abilities, experiences and values, on issues and topics important to them. The three elected members for 2018-2021 are; Hanna Wittek (from Robert Blake Science College), Amelia Saleh (Haygrove […]

County Hall opening hours

In a change to previous years, the reception at County Hall in Taunton will be closed from Monday 24 December until Sunday 30 December. The building will reopen as normal on Monday 31 December and close again on Tuesday 1 January. It will then be business as usual from Wednesday 2 January. You can still […]

Stay Safe on the Road over Christmas

Somerset County Council’s road safety team have some helpful advice to keep you safe on the roads over the festive period. The closer to Christmas it gets the busier everywhere becomes and as the roads are no exception, the chances are it’s going to take longer to get anywhere you need to go. The more […]

Don’t be lonely this Christmas

Anyone who fears they may be lonely this Christmas is being urged to make use of a directory of events and activities available over the festive season. The festive season is a time when families and friends traditionally get together but it can be tough for anyone who is on their own, not through choice. […]

The morning after can be just as dangerous as the night before

With the Christmas party season in full swing, Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team is reminding motorists of the morning after drink-drive risk. Most people know the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and wouldn’t dream of putting lives at risk by driving home after a night out drinking. The dangers of driving […]

Chairman sees Royal Mail getting the festive season sorted

Chairman of the Council, Councillor Nigel Taylor, visited Taunton’s Royal Mail sorting office today to see the county’s postal system gearing up for its biggest week of the year. The Chip Lane office handles post for the TA and Yeovil postcodes and expects to process more than 300,000 items each day this week. There were […]