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  • Great Green Directory Application

    The Great Green Directory is a one stop shop where Somerset residents can go to find local, sustainable and environmentally friendly businesses to help make eco and ethical choices when choosing products and services. The directory will be featured on our main Somerset Council website. If you are a local Eco-Business who would like to be listed in our new Great Green Directory, we would love you to be involved. Please fill out the details that follow. Businesses will... More
    Opened 11 November 2022
  • Licensing Policy

    Somerset Council is reviewing its licensing policy. The Statement of Licensing Policy must be reviewed every five years and the review includes a statutory consultation process. This consultation will run for 6 weeks. We welcome your comments. Somerset Council (the council) is the licensing authority under the Licensing Act 2003 (the Act). It is empowered to administer the following in respect of the sale and/or supply of alcohol, the provision of regulated entertainment and late-night... More
    Opened 2 June 2023
  • Litter Enforcement Trial

    As part of our corporate commitment to keep our streets and public spaces free from litter, we introduced a litter enforcement trial with EH Commercial Services Ltd in April 2022. The aim of the trial was to create a cleaner, safer environment for communities through public partnerships and ethical enforcement. This approach followed the best practice identified in the Government’s 2017 Litter Strategy for England . As part of the trial, educational measures have been... More
    Opened 10 July 2023
  • Somerset Youth Voice Survey

    We’d love to hear your thoughts on shaping the future of sustainable transport in Somerset. Sustainable transport is transport that has low and zero emissions and is energy efficient such as; walking, cycling, wheeling, electric transport, and public transport. We’ve created this short survey, and your answers will help us to raise your voice and share your thoughts on what young people want and need. More
    Opened 20 July 2023
  • Taunton LCWIP

    Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) are focused, 10-year plans for developing major new safe cycling and walking routes in the county to help create greener, healthier and more active streets. They support the Government's ambition to make cycling and walking a more natural choice for shorter journeys and to double the levels of cycling by 2025. The plans have been developed in partnership with cycle campaign groups, district, town and parish councils, with the aim... More
    Opened 26 July 2023
  • Bridgwater LCWIP

    Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) are focused, 10-year plans for developing major new safe cycling and walking routes in the county to help create greener, healthier and more active streets. They support the Government's ambition to make cycling and walking a more natural choice for shorter journeys and to double the levels of cycling by 2025. The plans have been developed in partnership with cycle campaign groups, district, town and parish councils, with... More
    Opened 26 July 2023
  • Yeovil LCWIP

    Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) are focused, 10-year plans for developing major new safe cycling and walking routes in the county to help create greener, healthier and more active streets. They support the Government's ambition to make cycling and walking a more natural choice for shorter journeys and to double the levels of cycling by 2025. The plans have been developed in partnership with cycle campaign groups, district, town and parish councils, with the aim... More
    Opened 26 July 2023
  • Gambling Policy Consultation

    Somerset Council (the Council) is reviewing its Gambling Policy – Statement of Principles. This must be reviewed every three years and the review includes a statutory consultation process. The consultation will run for 7 weeks. We welcome your comments. Somerset Council (the Council) is the licensing authority in accordance with the Gambling Act 2005. It is empowered to administer the following within the county: - premises licences including... More
    Opened 7 August 2023
  • Somerset Safeguarding Adults Survey

    Safeguarding Adults is about protecting people living in Somerset who have needs for care and support and who are experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect against which they are unable to protect themselves because of their needs. We are keen to hear from people across Somerset, particularly those who have experience of people with care and support needs and people who are supported. We want to engage with you so we can support you in the best way... More
    Opened 8 August 2023
  • Code of Conduct Adoption – City, Town and Parish Councils

    Following the commendation and promotion of the LGA Model Code of Conduct to all City, Town and Parish Councils in Somerset in April 2022 ( see link ), the Monitoring Officer, David Clark, working with the Somerset Council Standards Committee is looking to update their information on the position of your Council with its adopted Code of Conduct. Please could you complete the questions in the survey and submit your response by 8/9/23. This short survey should take no more than 5 minutes to... More
    Opened 9 August 2023
  • Public Space Protection Order Consultation

    What is a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)? A PSPO is an order that is enforceable under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. They are used to protect the public from behaviour that is having, or is likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality and is, or is likely to be, persistent and unreasonable. What is the Purpose of this Consultation? The purpose of the consultation is to seek any views regarding a... More
    Opened 11 August 2023
  • Equality Objectives 2024-28

    Somerset Council are consulting on a revised set of Equality Objectives to come into effect in April 2024. As the Council continues its work in becoming a single cohesive organisation through a process of transition and transformation, it has been agreed that the Council will initially deliver 3 Equality Objectives, plus an internal staff focused objective, for the period April 2024 to March 2026. Completing this survey will, therefore, help us prioritise the three non-internal... More
    Opened 1 September 2023
  • Creating Places for People

    Residents and businesses in Somerset are being urged to help shape the future of their county and have their say on how best to create places that put people at the heart of their design. Somerset Council is launching a public consultation to seek opinions on a set of outline “principles” that are designed to steer new development in Somerset. These should guide developers towards creating attractive and high-quality environments, but also inclusive... More
    Opened 4 September 2023
  • Dunster First School - School Streets

    Somerset Council is working together with Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) and school communities to look into ways to reduce congestion and improve the safety of children outside the school gates. Elsewhere in the country School Streets have been proven to achieve this, we are looking to pilot this scheme with some schools in Somerset. A School Street is a road (or a number of roads) outisde a school with a temporary restriction on motorised vehicles. Motor... More
    Opened 18 September 2023
  • Otterhampton Primary - School Streets

    Somerset Council is working together with Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) and school communities to look into ways to reduce congestion and improve the safety of children outside the school gates. Elsewhere in the country School Streets have been proven to achieve this, we are looking to pilot this scheme with some schools in Somerset. A School Street is a road (or a number of roads) outisde a school with a temporary restriction on motorised vehicles. Motor... More
    Opened 2 October 2023
  • How should we meet education funding challenges in Somerset? Have your say

    Following feedback we have made some changes to the consultation wording to make it clearer and easier to understand. You will find these changes in red in the PDF below and in bold, italics and underlined throughout the rest of the consultation. Across the country, many public, private, and voluntary organisations are facing tough budget challenges, as are families and households, and Somerset is no exception. In this consultation, we’re asking you to have... More
    Opened 2 October 2023
  • St Mary's Primary - School Streets

    Somerset Council is working together with Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) and school communities to look into ways to reduce congestion and improve the safety of children outside the school gates. Elsewhere in the country School Streets have been proven to achieve this, we are looking to pilot this scheme with some schools in Somerset. A School Street is a road (or a number of roads) outisde a school with a temporary restriction on motorised vehicles. Motor... More
    Opened 3 October 2023
  • Frome School Streets Consultation

    Over the past few years, Frome Town Council has been working with active travel charity Sustrans, and Somerset Council to implement Frome’s first School Streets in the Oakfield and Park Wards. A School Streets area limits vehicle access during drop-off and pick-up times making it safer to walk, scoot or cycle to and from school. School Streets aim to: Create a safer and more pleasant environment for those travelling to and from school ... More
    Opened 17 October 2023
  • Customer Access Points - Yeovil

    Somerset Council was created on April 1, 2023. The new unitary council brings together the services previously provided by the four district councils in Somerset (Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset West and Taunton, and South Somerset) alongside the services previously provided by Somerset County Council. One of the important projects we need to undertake as Somerset Council is a review of our offices and other operational sites to better understand our accommodation needs as... More
    Opened 23 October 2023
  • Public Spaces Protection Order Consultation Somerset North

    What is a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)? A PSPO is an order that is enforceable under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. They are used to protect the public from behaviour that is having, or is likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality and is, or is likely to be, persistent and unreasonable. What is the Purpose of this Consultation? The purpose of the... More
    Opened 27 October 2023
  • Staff Feedback Form on Digital Social Care Records

    A Digital Social Care Record (DSCR) is the digital recording of care information and care received by an individual, within a social care setting, replacing traditional paper records. This is sometimes called an electronic care plan, electronic care record or electronic care management. The Digitising Social Care Records initiative is being managed by NHSEngland. The aim is to support those care providers to move to approved digital solutions. This has several benefits... More
    Opened 31 October 2023
  • Family Feedback Survey on Digital Social Care Records

    A Digital Social Care Record (DSCR) is the digital recording of care information and care received by your relative, from their care provider, replacing traditional paper records. This is sometimes called an electronic care plan, electronic care record or electronic care management. This allows everyone involved in a person’s care to see appropriate information to help with that care. The Digitising Social Care Records initiative is being managed by NHSEngland. More
    Opened 31 October 2023
  • BNG Guidance Note

    Biodiversity Net Gain (from here on referred to as BNG) is an approach to development, and/or land management, that aims to leave the natural environment in a measurably better state than it was beforehand. It is intended to deliver measurable improvements for biodiversity by creating or enhancing habitats in association with development. A national mandatory BNG requirement is currently expected to come into effect from January 2024 . Whilst the requirement to ... More
    Opened 6 November 2023
  • Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for Night Fishing and Camping (Miscellaneous Provisions).

    What is a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)? A PSPO is an order that is enforceable under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. They are used to protect the public from behaviour that is having, or is likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality and is, or is likely to be, persistent and unreasonable. What is the Purpose of this Consultation? The purpose... More
    Opened 24 November 2023
  • Willow Man feasibility study

    A plan to revive the once-iconic Willow Man sculpture has received a funding boost from National Highways. Willow Man, close to Bridgwater, Junction 23 M5 has deteriorated badly in recent years and is now barely recognisable. Created by artist Serena De la Hay and unveiled in 2000, the sculpture was commissioned by South West Arts to mark the millennium and celebrates the role of willow in the ecology and craft tradition of the Somerset Levels. ... More
    Opened 24 November 2023
  • Somerset 2025-26 Admission Arrangements Consultation

    Welcome to the consultation on the 2025-26 admission arrangements for Somerset Council and also on behalf of a number of own admission authority schools, academies and Trusts. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to view the admission arrangements you are interested in from the list of documents below. Each has a front page outlining the proposed changes or alternatively they are clearly marked on the document. More
    Opened 8 December 2023
  • Budget Consultation 2024/2025

    This consultation asks your views on the overall budget setting for Somerset Council for the next financial year from April 2024 to March 2025. In November, Somerset Council declared a financial emergency with a projected budget gap of £100m. Like households across the county, we face financial challenges on a scale we have never seen before, caused by factors outside our control. The cost of delivering services is rising in the same way that everyone’s cost... More
    Opened 11 December 2023
  • Local Nature Recovery Strategy for Somerset

    Local Nature Recovery Strategies (LNRS's) are a new England-wide system of spatial strategies established by the Environment Act 2021. The main purpose of these strategies is to help reverse the ongoing decline of nature in England by establishing priorities for nature recovery and identify locations to create or improve habitat most likely to provide the greatest benefit for nature and the wider environment. Across England there are to be 48 Local Nature Recovery Strategies... More
    Opened 18 January 2024
  • Fixing of maximum taxi fares

    Changes to maximum taxi fares The cost of using a hackney carriage, more commonly known as a ‘taxi’, depends on when and how far you travel. The total cost is referred to as a ‘fare’ and is calculated on an electronic meter installed in the vehicle. As well as licensing taxi drivers and vehicles, the Council can set the maximum that they can charge. The main charge is normally for the distance i.e. the further you go, the higher... More
    Opened 25 January 2024
  • Local Validation Checklist Update (West area and Mineral and Waste proposals)

    Somerset Council are seeking views on updates to the Local Validation Checklist for the West area and Mineral and Waste proposals. Local Validation Checklists (LVC) help inform applicants/agents of the type of documents and level of information required to validate a planning application or other similar consents. Somerset Council is committed to providing a professional and efficient Development Management service and this document is part of a suite of documents that will help all... More
    Opened 31 January 2024
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