Tag Archives: Autumn Statement

Autumn statement a ‘missed opportunity’

The Leader of Somerset County Council has labelled today’s Autumn Statement “a missed opportunity” to address the big issue of funding for social care. Cllr John Osman welcomed the new Chancellor of the Exchequer’s stated commitments to investment in productivity, innovation and infrastructure. However, he was disappointed that the issue of sustainable funding to support […]

Council urges statement of intent

Somerset County Council is calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to use this month’s Autumn Statement to ease the pressure on local authority finances. Its Leader, Councillor John Osman, has written to Philip Hammond outlining steps that would help meet the challenge caused by falling funding and increased costs – particularly in social care. […]

Big boost for county’s business prospects

Somerset County Council has welcomed a big boost for business in Somerset and across the South West as part of yesterday’s Autumn Statement announcement. The Chancellor confirmed £65.2m for the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) – the largest allocation to any one LEP in the country – as part of […]

Revolutionary Road: the A303 corridor improvements in figures

Two of Somerset’s key transport routes are set to benefit from a £2bn roads boost. Following years of lobbying by a partnership of local authorities led by Somerset County Council, the Government has announced that the A303 and A358 will be upgraded as part of the Roads Investment Strategy. Here’s what it means in numbers: You can also download […]

Double celebration for Somerset in roads revolution

Somerset County Council and business leaders are celebrating today’s announcement that two of Somerset’s key transport routes are in line to benefit from a £2bn roads boost. Following years of lobbying for ‘whole route improvement’ of the A303 corridor by a partnership of local authorities led by Somerset County Council, the Government has confirmed that […]

County Council Leaders push for “bigger picture” after PM’s promises to improve A303

Prime Minister David Cameron’s promise to revamp the A303 as part of a £15 billion “roads revolution” has been welcomed by Somerset County Council. However, County Council Leader John Osman and Deputy Leader David Hall have pressed the Government to commit to the “whole route” improvement programme needed to seriously upgrade the key road. They […]

A303 drive gathering pace

Somerset County Council’s campaign for an upgrade of the A303/A358/A30 corridor is making positive progress, members were told earlier today. The County Council is calling on the Government to commit to upgrading this vital route through Somerset in the Autumn Statement. Members of the Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee were today told that a […]

A358 a priority for improvements

The Leaders of Somerset County Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council have welcomed news that the A358 is now being looked at as a priority for improvements. The Highways Agency is currently carrying out phase 2 of a feasibility study to consider improving the A303/A30/A358 and had initially identified five stretches to look at in […]