Tag Archives: Harvey Siggs

Budget plans endorsed by Cabinet

Key Somerset County Councillors have endorsed plans to deliver a balanced budget despite huge financial pressures. The proposals look to deliver £18m of savings in the next financial year while protecting the frontline and meeting the rising demand for services. Like all local authorities, the council has faced a dramatic reduction in funding over the […]


Budget proposals and devolution plans

Somerset County Councillors today heard the scale of the future funding the challenge facing the authority. A meeting of the Council’s Cabinet agreed budget proposals for 2016/17, and were told of the projected shortfalls over the following four years as funding from central Government continues to decline. Between 2017/18 and 2020/21 the authority is facing […]

Key councillors to discuss budget plans

Budget proposals to protect essential services and fund care for Somerset’s ageing population will be considered by the County Council’s Cabinet next month. The authority is considering its first Council Tax increase for six years as well as savings to help balance its budget in the face of falling Government funding and increased demand for […]

Green light for Glastonbury

Somerset County Council has given the green light to plans which will bring many of Glastonbury’s public services together at the Library in Orchard Court from autumn next year. The existing library building will be refurbished to provide a modern space where residents can easily access services in one location, including Children’s Centre, Library, Citizen […]

Population pressure adds to the budget challenge

Somerset’s growing and ageing population will add around £5m to County Council costs next year as it works on ways to balance its budget. The county’s population is growing by around 3,400 people a year and getting older. Estimates put the cost of this ‘demographic pressure’ at around £5m with inflation adding a further £3.5m […]

Bridging the budget gap

Somerset County Council is working to bridge a budget gap of approaching £30m to balance its books in the face of falling funding and increasing demand. Council Leader, John Osman, has repeated his call for fairer funding as the authority addresses the shortfall of around £27m or more for 2016/17, caused by a drop in […]

Seeking views in Dunster

Staff from Somerset County Council will be in Dunster this weekend to hear people’s views about the paving laid in West Street earlier this year. They will be in the High Street on Saturday, 16 May from 10am – 2pm and available to hear people’s views on the paving. The slabs were part of a […]

New crossing to be installed on busy road in Monkton Heathfield

Work to install a new crossing to provide safe access to two schools in Monkton Heathfield is due to start on Monday (23 March). Somerset County Council will be constructing the puffin crossing on the A3259 Heathfield Road between the junctions of Mead Way and Elms Estate. This is on one of the main routes […]

Driving down speed in Watergore

A community-backed scheme to reduce vehicle speeds through a village in South Somerset has now been completed. Somerset County Council has been carrying out improvements along Harp Road (the old A303) which runs through Watergore between the South Petherton and Lopen roundabouts. The existing road is wide which encourages drivers to speed so improved signs […]

£2.9m upgrade for busy roundabout

Improvements to increase capacity and ease congestion at the Huntworth Roundabout in Bridgwater are set to go ahead after £1.9 million of funding was approved. Somerset County Council has been working to secure funding as part of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal, with support from Sedgemoor District Council. A […]