Tag Archives: John Osman

Somerset County Council welcomes EDF Hinkley Point C decision

Somerset County Council has heralded EDF Energy’s decision to give its go ahead to the Hinkley Point C project. The project would bring unprecedented investment and job creation to the county and the wider region. As the largest engineering project in Europe, the construction of the new power station is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to boost jobs and […]

Step forward for Devolution discussions

Key Somerset councillors have backed a big step forward in Devolution discussions following positive early talks with Government. Somerset County Council’s Cabinet today signed up to the principle of creating a new Combined Authority which would take responsibility for extra powers and budgets agreed in any devolution deal. In Feb the County Council and 22 […]

Seeking views at the Yeovil Showground

Somerset County Council’s Listening Learning Changing roadshow will be spending two days at the Yeovil Showground this weekend. It will be seeking residents’ view as part of the Yeovil Show on Saturday and Sunday, 16 and 17 July, from 9am to 6pm at the Showground. This is the fourth year the authority has run the […]

Online opportunity to share your views

Somerset residents can now go online to share their views on the County Council’s priorities and other key issues as part of the Listening Learning Changing (LLC) initiative. The authority’s LLC roadshow is visiting 11 towns across the county this summer, including a stand at the Frome Market in Justice Lane tomorrow (Saturday) between 9am […]

A Frome with a view

Somerset County Council’s public engagement roadshow will be in the market for people’s priorities in Frome later this month. The ‘Listening Learning Changing’ marquee will be at Frome Market in Justice Lane on Saturday, between 9am and 1pm. It’s seeking views as the council looks to the future while facing the challenges of rising demand […]

Budget balancing events head to Minehead and Ilminster

Somerset County Council’s public engagement events will be heading into Minehead and making an impact in Ilminster this week. The ‘Listening Learning Changing’ roadshow is visiting 11 towns across the county this summer as the council looks to the future while facing the challenges of rising demand and falling funding. It will be in Wellington […]


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 […]

New barriers used for the first time

Gates to protect motorists from flooded roads on the Somerset Levels were used for the first time at the weekend. Emergency road closure gates were recently installed at eight locations on the levels. They are for use in place of temporary ‘road closed’ signs to stop vehicles driving through flood water and potentially getting stranded […]

Cabinet decides on early exit from Southwest One contract

Somerset County Council has today decided to pursue an early exit from the Southwest One contract. The contract is due to expire in November 2017 but, following today’s decision by its  Cabinet, the Council will be coming out of the contract early and bringing all services back in-house within the next 12 months. The returning […]