Somerset’s County Councillors will have £2,000 each to fund community projects that improve lives under a new scheme launched in September. The Improving Lives Grants Scheme has been created to kick-start and support voluntary and grass-roots initiatives that bring people together and help communities stay connected and thrive. Whether it’s a project to reduce isolation, […]

A new walking trail in a less travelled but beautiful part of Somerset is now open to the public. The Castles and Coast Way is a 13-mile circular footpath which runs from Nether Stowey to Stogursey and on to the Somerset coast at Shurton Bars. The route links the Coleridge Way to the England Coast […]

The biggest youth consultation in the UK is now underway as young people aged 11-18 across Somerset get ready to vote on the issues that matter most to them. Somerset’s Youth Parliament, which is supported by Somerset County Council is promoting the UK-wide Make Your Mark project which aims to highlight the big issues for […]

Somerset volunteer Elaine Culley has been honoured for her role in supporting young people and vulnerable adult detainees who enter police custody. Elaine volunteers as an ‘Appropriate Adult’ for Somerset County Council’s Youth Offending Team and has been recognised with a Pride award, presented by Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens. The awards pay tribute […]

A new initiative is offering organisations and businesses the chance to support important road safety work within Somerset. Latest data shows the number of injury collisions in Somerset was the lowest ever last year – but there was an increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured. Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team […]

Bridgwater’s bright sparks have now chosen a name for the town’s new link road – Squibbers Way. Somerset County Council asked the people of Bridgwater to help find a permanent name for the Colley Lane Southern Access Road (CLSAR). This attracted more than 250 unique nominations which were whittled down to a shortlist of six […]

An £8m cutting-edge aerospace technology centre in Yeovil is taking off with construction work starting on site. Somerset County Council is working with the aerospace industry, including Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil, on the flagship iAero Centre to cement Somerset’s place at the heart of this important business sector. The Centre will encourage innovation, collaboration and […]

Three major local government bodies have given their backing to Somerset County Council’s Stand Up For Care petition. Launched last week, the petition calls for cross-party discussions before Christmas on how to address the national social care funding shortfall. Leaders of all political groups at the County Council have given it their backing and they […]

Somerset businesses keen to take on an apprentice can now tap into help from Somerset County Council. The authority is making use of recent rule changes to offer ‘levy transfers’ that will cut the costs for businesses looking to take on an apprentice. The flexibility means that businesses believing they could not employ an apprentice […]

Somerset’s Chamber of Commerce has been casting an eye over the latest piece in Bridgwater’s transport puzzle. Chamber Chief Executive, Stephen Henagulph, braved the elements this week to take a look at progress on the Colley Lane Southern Access Road. The scheme is an example of Council’s ongoing commitment to investing in and successfully delivering […]