Tag Archives: David Fothergill

Transport Minister welcomed to Somerset

The M5, A303/A358 and improved strategic rail links were among the topics of conversation as the Leader of Somerset County Council welcomed the Secretary of State for Transport to Taunton today. Councillor David Fothergill hosted the event at Somerset County Cricket Club where MPs, council leaders and key members of the local business community had […]

Budget proposals look to the long-term

Somerset County Councillors will next week consider budget plans to tackle its funding gap and lay the foundations for long-term sustainability. The financial plan being discussed by Full Council on Wednesday sets out a proposed net budget of £328m and total spending of £780m* on services in 2019/20, as well as £224m of investment in […]

Proposals to bridge budget gap

Proposals to bridge around £8m of Somerset County Council’s projected budget gap for next financial year will be discussed this month. The Authority’s Scrutiny meetings and Cabinet will consider the plans as part of the budget-setting process that culminates at full council next month. For 2019/20, decisions and actions already taken address around £7m of […]

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Council Leader welcomes budget boost for Somerset

Somerset County Council has welcomed today’s funding announcement which should mean an extra £1m for the County Council and £6.8m for Somerset as a whole. The Minister Housing Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, confirmed that Somerset is to be included in the latest phase of the Business Rate Retention pilot scheme. The county and […]

Help us help you: Heart of the South West message to Minister

Leaders from authorities across the Heart of the South West (HotSW) are calling on Government to help them play a greater role in getting ready for the impacts of Brexit. In a letter to the Minister for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), signed jointly by Cllr David Fothergill, Chair of the HotSW Joint Committee […]

County Hall goes red for Remembrance Day

County Hall in Taunton will be going poppy-red for the next three days as Somerset County Council gives its support to Remembrance Day commemorations. The Lest We Forget Flag has been flying at County Council HQ all week and the building will be lit red on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. On Sunday, Remembrance Day […]

Young Carers decision deferred as Council makes “most difficult” savings decisions

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Committee today approved the “most difficult savings proposals it has had to consider” to help secure its long-term financial sustainability. Cabinet also agreed to defer a decision on proposed saving for its Young Carers Service. This is to allow time for discussions with carers, families and the voluntary sector about a […]

Love the Outdoors? Then Adopt a Path

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 […]

Heart of the South West on National Government Agenda as Local Industrial Strategy Announced

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 […]

Eau water! Refill your bottle at County Hall

With temperatures rising this week there’s good news for the dry-mouthed and eco-conscious – you can now use Somerset County Council’s Taunton HQ to top up drinks bottles. The water cooler in County Hall’s A block has joined a list of more than 1,600 publically accessible refill points across the UK. It is being promoted […]