Virtual tours of the public space in every Somerset library are now available to view online. The virtual tours were put together as a way of testing a recently acquired 360° camera, which will soon be available to use in the Glass Box, an innovation and enterprise space in Taunton Library. Councillor David Hall, Somerset […]

Representatives from Somerset County Council joined Taunton Area Cycling Campaign (TACC) for a ‘Tour de Taunton’ to test out provision for cyclists in the town. The ride took place as the County Council prepares to start work on a new Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Somerset. TACC invited Cllr John Woodman, Cabinet Member for […]

A pioneering community-run bus service in West Somerset is adding new journeys for the summer season to meet demand. The Number 10 Porlock to Minehead bus was kept running as a partnership thanks to a contract brokered by Somerset County Council when The Buses of Somerset withdrew their service earlier this year. It is entirely […]

Somerset’s successful Community Connect initiative will be bolstered as the County Council expands its innovative support. The £200,000 investment will be used to recruit more Village Agents so this new way of working can support more vulnerable adults, including Sheltered Housing tenants. Community Connect is well-established across much of the county and enables people to […]

Somerset’s trail-blazing micro-provider care initiative is looking for new community entrepreneurs. Created four years ago by the County Council in partnership with the Community Catalysts social enterprise, the project helps people with big ideas set-up very small care, help or support services. There are now nearly 400 micro-providers in Somerset providing around 1,600 people with […]

The County Council is taking the steps needed to live within its means, councillors heard this morning. Discussing a report from its external auditor, the authority’s Audit Committee was told that work is already underway to bring down overspending in the face of the financial challenges facing local government. The Audit Findings Report praises the […]

Love the outdoors? Then join Somerset County Council’s Adopt a Path scheme or become an England Coast Path Trail Watcher and help protect access to Somerset’s countryside. The Adopt a Path scheme is open to anyone whether they are walkers, horse riders or cyclists, and almost any public right of way can be adopted. Volunteers […]

  Educational opportunities for children with Special Education Needs in Somerset have had a big boost from Somerset County Council. A new £600k a state-of-the-art centre to support pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has now opened its doors in Taunton, while plans to build a new special school in Taunton (Hazelbrook Campus) and another […]

Students from three Taunton secondary schools have been getting animated at Taunton Library’s Glass Box. The children from Bishop Fox’s, Castle and Courtfields schools took part in an afternoon of animation and film-making delivered by Somerset Film as part of the Somerset Digital Skills Academy programme. The Glass Box aims to give schools, colleges, businesses […]

The Heart of the South West (HotSW) covering Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay, is in the second wave of areas to benefit from working with the Government to develop their local Industrial Strategies, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced. HotSW is one of six areas to get this vote of confidence […]