Tag Archives: David Fothergill

Road naming event to honour founder of the Royal Air Force

A Somerset man who founded the Royal Air Force and helped change the course of history will be remembered in his home county next week as part of the national RAF100 celebrations. Hugh Montague Trenchard, the 1st Viscount Trenchard, is widely regarded as the Father of the RAF after being appointed the first Chief of […]

Leader looks to explore unitary options

A bold decision to explore options for changing the way local government is organised in Somerset has been taken by the Leader of the County Council. In a move to protect frontline services at a time of unprecedented financial pressures for all local councils, Councillor David Fothergill has asked for work to begin to look […]

Joint Committee puts productivity first

Representatives from 23 organisations across Devon and Somerset today agreed steps to drive up productivity at the first meeting of the Heart of the South West (HotSW) Joint Committee. The inaugural meeting of the Joint Committee unanimously endorsed the Productivity Strategy that has been taking shape over the last two years and aims to double […]

Cash boost for vital infrastructure moves step closer

Local authorities in Somerset have welcomed news that the first step of an ambitious bid for government cash to improve local infrastructure has been successful. Today’s announcement from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government means Somerset County Council’s application for ‘forward funding’ under the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) will progress to the next […]

New names on the cards for four Electoral Divisions

The public’s views are being sought on potential new names for four of Somerset’s Electoral Divisions. There are 54 Divisions in the county and Somerset County Council is proposing to change the name of four of them so that they better describe the area they cover. Anyone with an interest can take part in a […]

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Council welcomes watchdog’s report on Local Government funding

Somerset County Council has welcomed a National Audit Office report highlighting the massive strains on local government funding. In the report published today the Government spending watch dog identifies a 49 per cent real-term reduction in government funding for local authorities in the last six years and calls for a long-term plan to address current […]

True grit shown in highways response

The highways network in Somerset is returning to normal after some of the worst winter weather experienced in the county for years. Highways teams using snowploughs, blowers, diggers and gritters worked 24/7 from midnight on Wednesday through the weekend to keep main roads clear of snow and ice. Gritting crews covered more than 14,000 miles […]

Severe weather: Schools and libraries reopen

Monday 5 March Schools: We have not been made aware of any schools closed today due to adverse weather. School transport: We are not aware of any cancelled school transport routes. Park and Ride: Both sites serving Taunton are running normally.  Highways: While most main roads in our region are now passable with care, we still have […]

Regional leaders set for productive first meeting

Leaders from across the Heart of the South West (HotSW) are set to agree a strategy to double productivity across the region when they meet next month. The first ever HotSW Joint Committee meeting will be held on Friday, 2 March at Plymouth County Council. It is open to the public and will be live […]

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Balanced budget and major investment

Somerset’s Full County Council today approved a budget that protects key services and includes the largest investment programme in generations. Councillors agreed spending of £316m on services, supported by a 2.99 per cent increase in the County Council’s element of Council Tax and a 3 per cent precept to support vital Adult Social Care services […]