Information from Somerset County Council

Somerset Wedding Services

Somerset County Council jointly with North Somerset Council have launched a new website providing details of all the civil wedding venues in Somerset. The link for the website is:

Problem on the Road? Report it via this link:

Somerset County Council Guide to Winter Services 2017/18:

Your Guide to Winter Services 1718

Somerset Waste Partnership – August Briefing

The Somerset Waste Partnership August Briefing is available here: SWP briefing August 2017final

Somerset Rivers Authority – End of Year Report for 2016-17

The Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) End of Year Report for 2016-17 is available here: Somerset Rivers Authority End of Year Report 2016-17

The report tells you what the SRA did in 2016-17 with its funding from local partners (SCC, the five district councils and the IDBs) as well as other sources (such as the Health of the SW Local Enterprise Partnership).

Buses of Somerset – Changes to Number 21 Service

I am writing to advise you of upcoming changes to commercial bus services being introduced by The Buses of Somerset from Sunday 17 September 2017. These changes affect some services in the Bridgwater area and the service that operates between Taunton and Bridgwater.

A summary of these changes is as follows:

Service 21 – Taunton to Burnham on Sea via Bridgwater

The service between Taunton and Bridgwater is being reduced from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes with the removal of the short workings over this section of route. In addition to this with the introduction of the new bus gate at Monkton Heathfield all journeys will now operate via the following route in the Monkton Heathfield area, From Creech Castle via Bridgwater Road through the bus gate turning left into Bawler Road and right onto the A3259 and as same route reversed on the return journeys. Milton Hill in Monkton Heathfield will no longer be served. The section of route from the junction of Bawler Road and the A3259 towards the Crown Medical Centre on the A3259 will continue to be served by Taunton Town Service 2 but passengers travelling to Bridgwater will need to use bus stops on Bridgwater Road, Bawler Road or at the top end of the A3259 close to the garden centre.

Somerset County Council – Temporary Road Closure of Hob Lane

All traffic will be prohibited from proceeding along Hob Lane from the junction with (A3259) Monkton Heathfield Road, southwards for a distance of 130 metres. This order will enable CJL Construction Limited to carry out construction of new kerbs, drainage and installation of sewers in this road.

The Order becomes effective on 22 May 2017 and will remain in force for eighteen months. The works are expected to last for 8 weeks.

A copy of the notice is available here: Road Closure Notices Hob Lane

Somerset Waste Partnership – July Newsletter

The Somerset Waste Partnership July Newsletter is available here: SWP July 2017 Briefing

Somerset County Council – Temporary Road Closure of Milton Hill and Bridgwater Road

All traffic will be prohibited from proceeding along Milton Hill and Bridgwater Road from Bridgwater Road from A38 Canal Roundabout , north eastwards for 10m, including Milton Hill, northwards for 180m, a distance of 285 metres.

This order will enable SCC to carry out junction layout improvement works in this road.

The order will be effective from 3rd July 2017. A copy of the order is available below:

Road Closure Notice Milton Hill and Bridgwater Road July 2017

Somerset County Council – Highways Environmental Maintenance Information Sheet 2017

Grass cutting will commence on the rural A and B road network from Monday 8th May 2017

Environmental maintenance leaflet (2017)

Information from Somerset County Council

Anyone planning a journey in Somerset can now find all the information they need to avoid unnecessary delays in one place –

The new mobile-friendly website, launched today by Somerset County Council, offers live updates of unplanned travel incidents, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

It also has a searchable map showing details of all current and future planned roadworks and road closures in Somerset.

The new website is complemented by the @TravelSomerset Twitter account which provides live updates directly from the County Council’s traffic control team. If you spot a problem which they’re not aware of, you can tweet them directly so they can help share this with the travelling public.

Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said:  “None of us want to waste our time stuck in traffic jams, so our goal was to provide a better, more reliable way for drivers to find out what’s going on out there.

“If you know in advance about planned roadworks, and are aware of any live incidents, you can make informed choices about how and when to travel, and which routes to take and which routes to avoid.

“I’m really excited about Travel Somerset and think it is going to be incredibly useful for anyone who regularly uses our roads.

“It’s also interactive, so you can get in touch with us through Twitter to give us live updates, which we can then share with the public. Hopefully this two-way flow of information will improve over time as more and more people join in, so please get involved and help us to help you.”

The new website also has information on buses and public transport, live departure boards for all Somerset’s train stations, flight details for local airports, and sections on walking and cycling. This will continue to be developed and improved in future.

When you first log on to the website, depending on your browser, you can choose to have live alerts about severe traffic incidents sent directly to your phone or device. The roadworks page also has a function allowing you to sign up for email alerts about planned roadworks and road closures on routes of your choice.

The Travel Somerset website can be found at while the Twitter account is @TravelSomerset.

CAN YOU HELP? there is no longer a direct bus service from Monkton Heathfield to the Crown Medical, so help is URGENTLY needed. 

Volunteer drivers needed to
provide lifeline service

Somerset County Council is appealing for more volunteer drivers to help provide a vital lifeline for vulnerable adults and children.

The County Council currently provides transport for eligible non-emergency NHS patients and social care users, ranging from the elderly to young children. This includes trips to hospital for medical appointments, or transport to day centres.

A dedicated army of nearly 200 fantastic drivers across the county currently act as volunteers, but the ageing population in Somerset means demand for transport is growing and more volunteers are needed.

Volunteer driving is a rewarding opportunity to get out and about, helping others and meeting new people, while providing a vital lifeline in your local community.

Anyone can be a volunteer – the only criteria is that drivers must be over 18, have use of their own four-door vehicle, and hold a full UK driving licence with no more than six points. Mileage expenses will be reimbursed at up to 50p per mile.

To find out more about volunteer driving, please contact Somerset You Can Do by phoning 01278 664180 or visit

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Parish Surgery @ Brittons Ash Community Hall
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