News & Updates

Pilot scheme puts social care in A&E

A pioneering pilot scheme to help ease the pressures on NHS resources this winter is being spearheaded by Somerset County Council and local NHS partners. Starting in the next few months, the trial will see the authority base a social worker in the A&E departments at the county’s two major hospitals – Musgrove Park in Taunton and Yeovil Hospital.   The…

Climate Emergency drop-ins rescheduled

          Following the announcement of a December General Election, the public events organised to discuss a Somerset Climate Emergency strategy have been moved to the New Year. The ‘Have your say’ drop-in events had been scheduled to take place in each District Council area before Christmas, but will now take place in January and February 2020….

Council Tax scam by text message

          Please be aware that Sedgemoor District Council have had reports a company who are texting messages to members of the public, stating a refund is pending for council tax. This is a scam and should be deleted. They ask residents to follow the link provided to claim their refund. The first screen asks customers to…

Update on St Matthew’s Field

Sedgemoor District Council has recently increased security measures at St Matthews Field in a bid to deter unwelcome visitors to this important open space. Following discussions with local councillors; residents and allotment tenants, Sedgemoor District Council has installed a heavy duty “kick rail” along St Matthews Field Road, together with a 2 metre high height restricting barrier at the Albert…

Paint the Town Orange in aid of Cancer!

For the month of October, we’re asking businesses in local towns across the UK to create an orange window display and wear orange clothing to raise vital funds for Stand Up to Cancer. Cancer changes lives, and so do we. By encouraging your staff and customers to get involved, we can beat cancer at its own game. Your cash will…

Albert Goodman Invest in Modern Premises in Taunton

Albert Goodman invest in modern premises in Taunton to enhance the experience of their clients and staff October 2019 – South West-based chartered accountants, tax consultants and financial planners Albert Goodman has relocated its 150+ Taunton employees to larger premises at Goodwood House on Blackbrook Park Avenue in Taunton to create a better working environment and to allow for ongoing…

Key cycle link set to be delivered in Bridgwater

Improvements to cycle and footway provision between the Wylds Rd/ The Drove junction and the A39 Bath Road, Bridgwater are set to begin this month.

Starting on Monday 7 May, the work forms part of The Bridgwater Way project which is delivering a host of travel improvements to existing roads and junctions, as well as miles of new and improved routes for pedestrians and cyclists across the town and surrounding areas.

The improvements will provide a key safe link to connect the Wylds Road/ The Drove junction to the A39 Bath Road. This will make cross-town travel easier and will specifically benefit young people travelling to and from Bridgwater College and Chilton Trinity School.

Separate County Council works to improve the pavement on Bristol Road and Wales & West Utility works to replace the gas main under Wylds Road also need to take place.
In order to minimise disruption, these three schemes have been strategically planned to be delivered at the same time.

From 7 May until 28 June, The Drove will be open to westbound traffic only between the A38 Bristol Road junction and the Wylds Road / The Drove junction. This will allow the new cycleway to be constructed safely.
Also starting on 7 May until 14 June, Wylds Road will be open to northbound traffic only between the Wylds Road / The Drove junction and the A38 Bristol Road. This is for the gas main replacement works.

From 28 May to 31 May, the A38 Bristol Road will be open to southbound traffic only, with northbound traffic diverted along the Drove and Wylds Road. This will allow the footway works to take place.

The one-way system will only be in place when required and two-way traffic flow will be restored wherever possible.
A spokesman for Somerset County Council said: “We always try to keep roads open if we can but we also have to keep the travelling public and our workforce safe while carrying out essential works.
“Here we have three schemes where lane closures are unavoidable so we’ve combined the works into one scheme and brought in a one-way system to keep traffic moving and minimise disruption as much as possible.”
Further information including a combined Q&A sheet with drawings showing the one-way system can be found at

For more information on The Bridgwater Way project please visit

You can also stay up to date with the latest on the roads by following @TravelSomerset on Twitter.

© Bridgwater Chamber 2019