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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…

Rural businesses encouraged to apply for a new round of funding

May 7, 2024

Press Release

Following a successful first round of funding last year Somerset Council is encouraging businesses and organisations to find out if they are eligible for a grant from the UK Government’s Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF). The first round saw a…

Somerset swimming pools awarded funding for energy efficiency upgrades

March 25, 2024

Climate Emergency

Community

Press Release

Somerset Council has been awarded £316,700 of grant funding from Phase 2 of the government’s Swimming Pool Support Fund (SPSF). The ringfenced money from Sport England and the National Lottery will be used to install new energy efficiency measures in…

Council welcomes new ranger at Ham Hill thanks to The National Lottery Heritage Fund

February 8, 2024

Climate Emergency

Events

Press Release

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has generously funded Jasmine’s position for the next three years as part of their support for the “Uncovering Ham Hill’s Past for its Future” project. It aims to safeguard and restore key archaeological features, including…

Council Leader reacts to funding announcement

January 24, 2024

Press Release

Somerset Council Leader Bill Revans has welcomed today’s news of additional funding for local councils but stressed it does not fix a fundamentally broken system and won’t be enough to fill a £100m budget gap for next year.   The Government…

Leader welcomes MPs’ letter calling for an urgent rethink on council funding

January 22, 2024

Press Release

Somerset Council Leader Bill Revans has welcomed a letter sent today from more than 40 MPs calling for an urgent rethink on council funding plans. The letter, from the County Councils Network (CCN) and County All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)…

Funding means next phase of A39 active travel route could be delivered

December 21, 2023

Press Release

Public Health

Travel

Somerset Council has received £1.5m in external funding which could be used to deliver the next phase of a cycling and walking route on the A39 between Carhampton and Minehead. The ring-fenced grant from Active Travel England could see the…

Council secures phosphate mitigation funding

December 19, 2023

Press Release

Somerset Council has secured £9.6m of Government funding to deliver phosphate mitigation measures which will unlock the delivery of new homes across the area and provide for long term nature recovery. The award comes after the Council working in partnership…

Funding settlement for Somerset ‘bitterly disappointing’

December 19, 2023

Press Release

Confirmation of a below national average increase in funding for Somerset Council has been described as ‘bitterly disappointing’ by Leader Bill Revans. As part of the Monday’s Local Government Finance Settlement, the Government announced a 6.5% increase in Core Spending…

Willow Man receives study funding boost as public engagement starts

November 24, 2023

Press Release

Travel

Willow Man receives study funding boost as public engagement starts A plan to revive the once-iconic Willow Man sculpture has received a funding boost from National Highways, the company responsible for England’s motorways and major A roads. Willow Man, close…

Council Leader calls for Government to fix social care funding crisis

November 16, 2023

Press Release

The Leader of Somerset Council has written to Michael Gove, Secretary of State for the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), calling for urgent action to fix the social care funding crisis. In his letter, Cllr Bill Revans…

Swimming Pool Support Fund

November 6, 2023

Community

Health and Wellbeing

Press Release

Somerset Council has been awarded £211,208 from the government’s Swimming Pool Support Fund (Phase 1). The money will be divided across five swimming pool facilities within Somerset at Frome Leisure Centre, Shepton Mallet Lido, Wells Leisure Centre, Brean Splash and…

Council taking action to address social care funding blackhole

October 27, 2023

Press Release

Selling properties, increasing Council Tax further, and reducing services are among options being considered as Somerset Council faces up to a £100m funding blackhole. Latest budget figures which go before Somerset Council’s Executive on 8 November are expected to show…

Somerset Council launches new consultation on Education funding

October 5, 2023

Children and Families

Press Release

Somerset Council launched a new consultation, asking for the public’s views on some of the ways education is funded. In Somerset, £568m is spent on education each year and supports 70,000 children and young people in the county. The consultation…

County’s prime ethical ad spots can help fund highway maintenance

August 18, 2023

Climate Emergency

Press Release

Travel

Local businesses can now take advantage of some of the busiest spots on Somerset’s road network to advertise socially responsible goods and services. Somerset Council is one of the first local authorities in the UK to develop an ethical advertising…

Trial brings hope for phosphates funding

July 27, 2023

Press Release

Somerset Council is hoping to secure Government funding to deliver phosphate mitigation measures which will unlock the delivery of 18,000 new homes across the area and provide for longer term nature recovery. The Council working in partnership with the Farming…

Ham Hill welcomes new Countryside Ranger thanks to Heritage Fund

July 17, 2023

Climate Emergency

Community

Press Release

Somerset Council is welcoming a new Assistant Countryside Ranger at Ham Hill Country Park. The post is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Geoff Rowland will help deliver a wide range of improvements and activities. The appointment will help deliver…

Government funding for Somerset’s road to nature recovery

July 17, 2023

Climate Emergency

The Council has been appointed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to lead the preparation of a new Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS) for Somerset. As one of 48 Responsible Authorities across the UK, the Council…

Pedal power boosts DofE bursary fund

July 12, 2023

Children and Families

Events

Press Release

A bursary fund which helps disadvantaged young people in Somerset take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) scheme has received a welcome boost from a fundraising bike ride. DofE participants from Frome Community College joined cyclists from Somerset…

Somerset Council welcomes applications for funding for rural businesses and organisations

July 10, 2023

Press Release

Businesses and organisations in Somerset are being encouraged to find out if they are eligible for capital funding grants aimed at supporting businesses and community infrastructure in rural areas. The funding is available following Somerset Council’s successful £3.4 million submission…