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Council steps up a gear with next major transport and infrastructure projects

Somerset County Council is forging ahead with multi-million-pound projects to improve travel links and infrastructure and support the recovery of the local economy in Taunton this spring.   Despite the challenges of Covid, a major £19m scheme to boost capacity at Taunton’s M5 J25 and the A358 junction is on time and on budget. Last […]

A powerful reminder of why we work in social care

This is a blog I felt compelled to write. It may be upsetting for some to read, but it’s a story which needs to be told – and one that those inside and outside social care should reflect on…

Squibbers Way wins big again at national Highway Awards

Bridgwater’s Colley Lane Southern Access Road project, also known as Squibbers Way, has been awarded Most Innovative Highway Authority Scheme of the Year at the 2020 Highways Magazine Awards.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

View all the content created and shared for HMD2021 below: Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, Annie Maw’s message for us all on this Holocaust Memorial Day. The lighting of the candles Leonard Daniels on the Anne Frank Awards A video collage created by Year 9 students at Castle school, Taunton. Superintendent Andy Benett on hate crime Somerset […]

Major road works set to begin w/c 25 January

Major road works scheduled to take place next week (25/1 – 31/1) by the Somerset highways team. Street Town Proposed Start Date Proposed End Date Working days Work BROAD OAK HILL BISHOPS LYDEARD 25/01/2021 27/01/2021 2 Drainage scheme WHEDDON CROSS TO BRIDGETOWN ROAD DULVERTON 25/01/2021 27/01/2021 2 Depot patching SILVER STREET BRUTON 25/01/2021 27/01/2021 3 […]

Letter to the Prime Minister

Letter sent to Prime Minister Boris Johnson following recent claims about Somerset County Council and Covid funding Dear Prime Minister I was extremely disappointed to hear the comments made in the Commons yesterday by Ian Liddell-Grainger MP concerning Somerset County Council’s alleged use of Covid-19 funding and felt compelled to write directly to you to […]

Urgent road closure needed in Wells

Action is being taken to remove diseased ash trees posing a hazard near a key road in Wells next week. Somerset County Council’s Highways Team is working with local landowners to remove a significant number of trees lining the A39 at Bristol Hill, which are infected with Ash Dieback. The road will need to be […]

Somerset enters new Tier 4 restrictions

Somerset will be escalated to Tier 4 coronavirus restrictions from midnight tonight (31 December) following an announcement from the Health Secretary Matt Hancock this afternoon. The Tier covers all four districts – Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset and Somerset West and Taunton. Leader of Somerset County Council David Fothergill said: “In the last three weeks in […]

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Connect to a Care Home and fight loneliness this Christmas

Somerset County Council and the NHS are encouraging organisations across Somerset to connect to their local care home with a new digital campaign, #ConnectACareHome. Organisations are being asked to send video messages to their local care homes, to help combat the loneliness and isolation experienced by residents and staff who may have been unable to […]

Digital resources transform parent support in Somerset

A new suite of digital resources launched this month will provide further information and support to families about pregnancy and parenthood. The ‘Somerset Maternity Toolkit’, available digitally twenty-four hours a day, is designed to support people through pregnancy and the parenting journey. It offers trustworthy information and support from pre-conception, pregnancy, through to infant feeding […]