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Summer’s on the way so why not ‘Bus It’ to walkies?

May 24, 2024

Press Release

Travel

Somerset is blessed with fantastic countryside, historic sites, towns and beaches and fabulous dog walks. So, with fares still at £2 for any single journey the message is leave the car at home, take the bus and why not take…

Somerset Bridge Primary School celebrates record Ofsted report

May 24, 2024

Children and Families

Press Release

Somerset Bridge Primary School in Bridgwater has achieved the strongest Ofsted outcome of any local authority maintained primary school in Somerset. Following an inspection in March, the school received a Good rating, with an Outstanding rating in three out of…

Broadband supplier fined for roadworks offences in Bridgwater

May 23, 2024

Press Release

Travel

Broadband provider Nextfibre Networks Ltd has been hit with fines and charges totalling more than £11k after pleading guilty to two offences in Somerset which magistrates said posed a danger to pedestrians. Somerset Council prosecuted the firm following works carried…

Robo-cats and squawking walking-aids: Somerset Council using technology to help people live independently.

May 23, 2024

Adults

Health and Wellbeing

Press Release

Social Care

Somerset Independent Living Centres (SILCs) are managed by Somerset Council and offer a range of equipment and technology which can help people live independently at home for longer. They include kit to help people with personal care, moving around the…

Waste collection service guides will arrive next week – ‘Check it, keep it’

May 22, 2024

Press Release

Waste

‘Check it and keep it’ is the message for residents in the former Mendip and South Somerset areas when their Somerset Council waste service guides start to arrive next week. Recycling and rubbish collection days will change in June for…

Yeovil Country Park Awarded Five Stars by RHS Pride in Parks

May 21, 2024

Climate Emergency

Community

Health and Wellbeing

Press Release

This prestigious award showcases community involvement as well as considering the standard of the park itself and recognises the park’s team of rangers and dedicated volunteers. The team is committed to maintaining a thriving and welcoming environment for wildlife and…

Successful music hub bid for Dorset and Somerset to deliver music education

May 20, 2024

Children and Families

Community

Press Release

Press release issued on behalf of The Octagon Theatre The next generation of budding musicians in Dorset and Somerset have been given a boost after a joint bid to become a Music Hub Lead Organisation by Somerset Council and Dorset…

“Call for sites” launched for nature-based solutions to unlock development

May 20, 2024

Climate Emergency

Press Release

Somerset Council is calling on landowners to help unlock the delivery of new homes across the area by promoting their land for important nature-based solutions to development requirements. The ‘call for sites’ is seeking submissions of land for the potential…

Waste Collection updates for the Spring Bank Holiday

May 20, 2024

Press Release

Waste

Recycling, rubbish and garden waste collections will again spring forward following the bank holiday on Monday, 27 May. There will be no collections on bank holiday Monday and kerbside collections will all be one day later than usual for the…

Safer Somerset – town centre youth safety

May 17, 2024

Local Community Networks

Press Release

SEND

As the half-term holiday approaches, local organisations are collaborating to support children and young people and prevent concerns around violence in key town centre locations. Sergeant Charmaine Dyne, Early Intervention Team, Avon and Somerset Police who is leading on this…

Game-changing link departing the station now

May 17, 2024

Press Release

Work has begun on a game-changing green link between Taunton Railway Station and the town’s riverside. The northern section of the Firepool Boulevard will provide a walking and cycling route from the recently revamped station, past the new Innovation Centre…

Council’s innovative new partner to kick off summer surface treatment programme

May 16, 2024

Press Release

Travel

Council’s innovative new partner to kick off summer surface treatment programme Somerset Council and new partner Kiely Bros are launching a major programme of road repairs across the County’s network this month. Road surface treatment specialists Kiely Bros were awarded…

Can you help to shape the direction of business in Somerset?

May 16, 2024

Press Release

Somerset Council is offering an exciting opportunity for local businesses to be part of a new Somerset Economic Growth Board. With the aim of driving forward economic prosperity in Somerset, the board will ensure local businesses have a voice in…

Future of Yeovil Bus Station is secure confirms Council

May 15, 2024

Press Release

Travel

Somerset Council is reassuring bus passenger groups that it is committed to keeping Yeovil Bus Station operational as a vital part of a rejuvenated town centre. The Council will ensure the bus station remains a key transport hub in the…

Somerset and Devon win funding towards shaping the future of flight

May 15, 2024

Press Release

There is exciting news for the South West’s booming aerospace sector as £236,000 of funding has been secured to create a Future Flight Innovation Zone (FFIZ) in Somerset and Devon. The FFIZ will help to create a safe and environmentally…

Voluntary redundancy scheme update

May 14, 2024

Press Release

Councillors are recommended to approve 49 redundancies next week as the first part of a programme to save Somerset Council more than £40m a year. Somerset Council is one of many local authorities nationally facing a financial emergency due to…

Fixy van initiative shortlisted for Excellence Award

May 14, 2024

Climate Emergency

Community

Events

Local Community Networks

Press Release

Waste

Somerset’s mobile reuse initiative – Fixy – has been recognised for its excellent work encouraging repair and reuse of broken electrical items across the county. The project, which is managed by Resource Futures in partnership with Somerset Council and Donate…

Access Council Customers Services digitally

May 14, 2024

Community

Press Release

Customer Service Points (CSPs) in Frome, Glastonbury, Street and Wells will soon turn into Customer Access Points (CAPs) to unify and improve digital access for customers. Somerset Council currently has CSPs in the four main areas of the county in…

Make Your Move for Your Mental Health

May 10, 2024

Press Release

Public Health

Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 will take place from 13 to 19 May and this year’s theme is “Movement: Moving More for our Mental Health.”​ Somerset Council’s Public Health team in partnership with Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) are…

New Digital Slinky transport service is just a click away

May 9, 2024

Press Release

Travel

People living in the Somerton and Langport areas can now take advantage of a trial on-demand flexible transport service. The brand new Digital Slinky minibuses are funded by the Government’s £13 million Bus Service Improvement Grant (BSIP), along with a…