Tag Archives: David Hall

DCMS backs bid to extend broadband funding for Devon and Somerset to 2023

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is backing a bid to extend £18.7 million of funding for superfast broadband in Devon and Somerset up to March 2023. The news has been welcomed by Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS), England’s largest public-funded broadband programme. CDS has been working closely with the Department to […]

CDS now offering Better Broadband scheme vouchers

The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) broadband programme has today announced that it is now offering vouchers through the national BDUK Better Broadband Scheme. All homes and businesses in the region with broadband speeds of less than two Megabits per second (Mbps), without a published delivery date for superfast broadband within the next 12 months, […]

Virtual reality stars for students at the Glass Box

Local students have been taking part in ground-breaking workshop at the Glass Box in County Council’s Taunton Library. More than 20 Students from Bishop Fox’s and The Castle School in Taunton participated in an inspirational session that showcased the latest in both Virtual and Augmented Reality Technology as part of the Somerset Digital Skills Talent […]

Festival of Flight takes off at Yeovil Library

The local aviation industry will be on board this weekend when the science and history of flight are celebrated at Yeovil Library. The Festival of Flight on Saturday, 16 March, takes place during British Science Week at the Somerset County Council library. The inspiring, free event will cover everything from the humble paper plane to […]

Future of Street Library

A new location for Street Library is on the cards as partners and Somerset County Council work hard to progress a Community Library Partnership (CLP). On 5 November 2018, Somerset County Council agreed to retain 19 of its existing libraries and seek help from communities to run 15 other library buildings as CLPs, including Street. […]

First Somerset Community Library Partnerships signed

Somerset County Council and Partners are delighted to announce six ‘Community Library Partnerships’ were signed this week, committing to deliver library services together in future. Existing library buildings will remain open, with community partners working together with Somerset County Council in the following six communities: Bruton, Nether Stowey, North Petherton, Somerton, Watchet and Wiveliscombe from […]

Highbridge Enterprise Centre hits warp-speed

Businesses in Somerset now have even more help to grow with the help of the County Council’s network of Enterprises Centres. The Highbridge Enterprise Centre, which is already home to 15 businesses and 35 jobs, has had a £470,000 expansion. Three more light industrial units have been opened, providing an extra 234 square metres of […]

Thirteen potential Community Library Partnerships announced

Community partners leading 13 potential Community Library Partnerships were announced today (3 December). On 5 November, Somerset County Council revealed it would retain 19 of its existing libraries and seek help from communities to run 15 other library buildings. Of these 15, potential community partners have stepped forward to express an interest in forming a […]

Somerset buzzing about pollinator action plan

Somerset County Council is taking a lead role in work to help protect the county’s pollinating insect population. In partnership with Friends of the Earth and Somerset Wildlife Trust, the authority has published a county-wide strategy to help bees, butterflies, moths and other pollinating insects survive and thrive. It joins the growing list of counties […]

New £4.7 million superfast broadband investment in Devon and Somerset

Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) and BT are pleased to announce a new collaboration, working together to examine opportunities for Openreach to provide superfast broadband to even more homes and businesses in rural areas. The initiative will be targeted at helping areas not included within current publicly-subsidised or commercially-funded broadband roll-out plans. This extension of […]