Somerset County Council (established in 1889) is the county council of Somerset. The area covered by the county council consists of the five districts of Somerset – Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset, Taunton Deane, and West Somerset.
Somerset County Council is responsible for the more strategic local services of Somerset, with a changing pattern of lower-tier authorities existing alongside it within its area and responsible for other more local services, such as waste collection.
In terms of business support, the Economy Team can assist businesses through involvement in a variety of projects and initiatives including:-
> The Connecting Devon and Somerset Superfast Broadband Project (whereby 90% of premises in Somerset will be superfast enabled by the end of 2016)
> The inward investment body ‘Into Somerset’
> The planned developments at Hinkley Point C (including the build of a new Low Carbon Energy Innovation and Collaboration Centre at Bridgwater in 2015)
> Workspace provision in Dulverton, Frome, Minehead and Wheddon Cross (managed by TDA) and workhubs in Wells and Langport, funded by the Rural Growth Network
> Open Innovation Project – EU Funded (ends December 2014) – a variety of workshops; college student initiatives; seminars and research to enable and encourage innovation and collaboration
> Research and statistics - briefings on economic themes and topical issues, showing how Somerset’s economy is fairing compared to the national picture
> Local Action for Rural Communities – EU Funded - to improve the quality of life in rural areas.
On a more holistic level, the Council provides a
wide range of other services, including education (schools, libraries and youth services), social
services, highway maintenance,
waste disposal, emergency planning, consumer protection and town and country planning for matters to do with minerals, waste,
highways and education. This makes it one of the largest employers in Somerset
- Business Support