Tag Archives: Pat Flaherty

Coronavirus – Somerset County Council update

Vital work to maintain essential public services in Somerset is continuing during in what is an unprecedented time for our county and the country as a whole. Somerset County Council is now in business continuity mode and is continuing to follow key advice from Government – we will keep you updated on a regular basis. […]

One month left for would-be councillors to put themselves forward

Would-be councillors have one month left to put themselves forward for Somerset County Council elections in May. The deadline for nominations is 4pm on Tuesday, 4 April and there are 55 seats available to be filled when the county goes to the ballot box on 4 May. Each seat is a chance to make a […]

Businesses served up a breakfast briefing

Top figures at Somerset County Council have given business leaders a breakfast briefing. Chief Executive, Pat Flaherty, and Deputy Leader, Councillor David Hall, spoke at the first Somerset Chamber of Commerce business breakfast of the year, held in the Canalside Business Centre in Bridgwater. The event was organised by the chamber as part of its […]

May the fourth be with you?: Would-be County Councillors wanted

Passionate people looking to make a difference are being urged to stand for election to Somerset County Council. There are 55 seats available to be filled in the local elections on 4 May next year, each a chance to have a big impact in the local community and get involved in the huge range of […]

Statement from SCC Chief Executive, Patrick Flaherty

Somerset County Council has announced that Peter Lewis, Interim Director of Children’s Services, is no longer working for the authority. The Council has terminated its contract for the services of Mr Lewis and is currently advertising for a permanent position of DCS The wellbeing of vulnerable children is of paramount importance to the Council and […]

Director of Children’s Services

Somerset County Council has announced it has terminated its contract for the services of interim Director of Children’s Services Peter Lewis. It follows a series of disappointing reports into some of the Council’s Children’s Homes and Children’s Centres. Mr Lewis will leave the Council immediately. As he is not an employee of the Council, there […]

Children’s homes to close

Somerset County Council today announced it was taking decisive action to start the process of closing two of its children’s homes due to poor management, sub-standard care and concerns over safeguarding. Staff and residents at the two homes – West End Cottage at Chedzoy and Appledore near West Pennard – were told of the closures […]

Taunton Gateway Park & Ride update

Taunton Gateway Park & Ride remains closed tonight (Wednesday 5 June) after travellers illegally set up camp at the site yesterday. A further assessment will be made first thing tomorrow morning by Somerset County Council officers and the police with a view to reopening as soon as possible. Approximately 30 travellers in cars and caravans […]

New Chief Executive appointed

Somerset County Council can announce that Pat Flaherty has been appointed its Chief Executive Officer. Pat has many years of service in a range of roles within the Authority and for the past six months has been Acting CEO. The decision was formally approved after a vote at today’s Council meeting. Council Leader John Osman […]

Prime Minister meets with Council Leader John Osman on visit to flood-hit Somerset

David Cameron met with Somerset County Council Leader John Osman today and gave thanks for the work in response to the devastating flooding. The Prime Minister met Cllr Osman during his visit to the flood hit county, and thanked all agency staff and the many volunteers for their efforts. Cllr Osman said: “I’m delighted that […]