New Somerset Council Budget

    Somerset’s new unitary council is planning to spend more than £258m on major infrastructure projects in its first year of operation.

    The new Council will replace the existing county council and four district councils on the Ist of April, bringing all council functions in Somerset and services under one roof.

    Projects to be carried out in our area within the first 12 months of the new council include:

    Delivering the Yeovil Refresh Project with £13,472,000 still to be spent to complete the works
    Upgrading the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil costing £27,146,000 
    Improving the Chard Reservoir Dam costing £99,000 

    Several planned schemes have been delayed due to a lack of funds that include:

    Upgrading Yeovil Crematorium at a cost of £3,367,000
    Regenerating Wincanton town centre costing £1,537,000
    And introducing new supported living homes for children with disabilities  at a cost of £1,500,000

    In addition, the new Somerset Council has a list of its own projects, some of which are necessary for the council to fulfil its legal obligations, and that includes:

    Carrying out highway maintenance across Somerset costing £26,569,000
    Protecting the rights of way network costing £1,421,000

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