Somerset County Council

Election 2017 Results

Party Seats 2013 Seats 2017 Change


Seats 201329 Seats 201735 Change+6

PartyLiberal Democrat

Seats 201318 Seats 201712 Change−6


Seats 20133 Seats 20173 Change-


Seats 20132 Seats 20173 Change+1


Seats 20130 Seats 20172 Change+2


Seats 20133 Seats 2017- Change−3
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Traffic light battery theft delay roadworks

Traffic lights

Roadworks on the outskirts of Bridgwater have been delayed because thieves have stolen the batteries powering the temporary traffic lights, twice.

Somerset County Council says its contractor has reported the thefts, which happened on Taunton Road last Friday and on Monday, to the police.

Waste disposed using a van to be easier in Somerset

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Getting rid of rubbish using a van or trailer is set to become easier in Somerset following changes to the permit system in operation.

Somerset Waste Partnership introduced permits for van and trailer users in 2016 in a bid to cut congestion at its recycling centres, caused in part by visitors from outside of the county.

The original permits were valid for three years and could be applied for by any van or trailer owner free of charge.

The partnership has now announced the permits system will be changing – with no expiry date on any new permits being issued, and existing permits remaining valid even after they expire.

Retirement home builders have 'interest' in Somerset flats

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Carisbrooke at 172 Canford Cliffs Road

Retirement property specialist McCarthy and Stone has “acquired an interest” in a block of flats in Canford Cliffs.

The Bournemouth-based firm has written to people living close to the Carisbrooke building ahead of a meeting it is holding on July 11.

It said it was in the “very early stages” of drawing up plans for assisted living apartments on the site.

Carisbrooke in Canford Cliffs Road is made up of 17 flats and was built in the 1960s.

At the end of June McCarthy and Stone wrote to people living in the area inviting them to a “workshop event” next week.

Its regional managing director Shane Paull said a public exhibition would be held once these had been produced.

“We are at the very early stages of exploring options to redevelop this site with much-needed extra care accommodation,” he said.

“In the first instance we are looking forward to engaging with close neighbours to the site to understand their views and receive feedback which will be considered as we develop our plans further.”

In a statement the firm said the development would have a bistro restaurant for its residents along with communal leisure spaces. It said it hoped to submit a planning application in the autumn.

The crisis in care

Over 10 months, a small team from the BBC’s Panorama programme documented the realities of how the care system is working in England.

Read more here

picture of two of the interviewees in the piece, Val and Martine