The full list of people standing for election to Somerset County Council next month has been published. There will be 55 seats available across the county when residents go to the polls on Thursday, 4 May and yesterday (4 April) was the deadline for candidates to formally submit their intention to stand for election. 230 […]

There’s still time to thank Somerset’s unsung heroes by nominating them for a Somerset Star Volunteer Award. Nominations are open from now until Friday 21 April 2017 and anyone can put forward individuals and volunteer groups who go that extra mile in their communities. Somerset County Council is proud once again to work with Somerset […]

A new care and support ‘Community Connect’ drop-in opens in Taunton next week. The drop-in will take place at the Priorswood Community Centre in Taunton (TA2 7JW) on the first Monday of every month from 9.30am to 12noon – starting on Monday 3 April. At the drop-in people can find information and advice on care […]

Somerset County Council is joining the many public sector organisations using Instagram to engage residents with their services and is calling on the public to help with the launch. By adding Instagram to its social media mix, the Council hopes to reach more local residents and visitors to the County. With over 70 per cent […]

Winners of a children’s short story competition have been announced at a special event at Yeovil Library. Organised by Yeovil Community Arts Association (YCAA) and Somerset County Council Library service the competition saw children write short 500 word stories on the theme of ‘Broken’. Children in years 5 and 6 in schools in Yeovil and […]

From Saturday 1 April Somerset County Council’s Customer Contact Centre (Somerset Direct) will no longer operate a non-emergency telephone service on a Saturday. With more people taking advantage of the authority’s online facilities, which are available all day every day, calls on Saturdays have fallen to account for just one per cent of all contact. […]

Councils across Somerset are targeting properties with no registered voters in a bid to boost turn out for County Council elections on 4 May. In an innovative initiative, mock poll cards are being sent to almost 30,000 properties reminding the occupiers that they are not yet registered to vote. The cards, which are being distributed […]

Somerset residents are being urged to have their say on plans to upgrade the A358 between Ilminster and Taunton. Highways England announced today launched a public consultation on proposals to improve the route from the Southfields Roundabout to the M5 at Taunton. A spokesperson for Somerset County Council said: “The A358 is one of our […]

Would-be County Councillors have just one week left to put themselves forward for Somerset County Council elections in May. The deadline for nominations is 4pm on Tuesday, 4 April and there are 55 seats available to be filled when the county goes to the ballot box on 4 May. Each seat is a chance to […]

Two schemes forging stronger links in two military communities in South Somerset are set to benefit after receiving over £27,000 from the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Covenant Fund (AFC). Based at the Balsam Centre, ‘Hub2’ will receive £19,860 to initially benefit residents living on the Deansley Way Estate, Wincanton, where 40 per cent of […]