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How South Somerset District Council is taking action to address the impact of COVID-19, tackling child poverty and regenerating our town centres

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Helping our communities recover from the impact of COVID-19, delivering town centre regeneration and addressing child poverty are among South Somerset District Council’s key priorities for the coming year.

The council’s annual plan for 2021/22 has been agreed by our councillors and it sets out where and how we will be taking action to improve the lives of everyone in our district.

It also recognises both the impact of the ongoing pandemic and how our work which has already started to support residents and businesses will not only continue but accelerate.

The Action Plan sets out five clear priorities for the coming year:

  1. Lead the recovery and revitalisation of our economy and communities to be stronger, more resilient and vibrant than before COVID-19
  2. Continue to deliver our regeneration programmes in Yeovil, Chard and Wincanton
  3. To develop proposals to accelerate the delivery of key housing sites and associated infrastructure
  4. Address child poverty, social isolation and low levels of social mobility across the district
  5. To accelerate action to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change and extreme weather

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Council Leader Val Keitch said: “As a council we are not only committed to providing good local services to residents, but also to doing all we can to improve the quality of life of everyone in our district. The world has changed significantly since we set out our last action plan but our commitment to ensuring the best possible outcomes for everyone that lives and works in South Somerset remains the same.

“I am proud of the work we have undertaken to ensure vital support was delivered to residents in need and our businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic and that more than a third of our staff have been involved in supporting the rapid roll out of the vaccine programme. The next step is to ensure we can recover from its impact which has been quite devastating in many areas alongside addressing key challenges such as social isolation, housing demand and the climate crisis.

“Our new Action Plan for the 2021-2022 period shows the Council’s ongoing commitment to deliver services and priority projects that meet the needs of our residents, visitors and businesses.”

You can see the proposed plan in full here [link] and over the coming weeks we’ll be publishing detailed content demonstrating the work that will be going into meeting our aims for each of the key priorities.

We will also explain in detail what additional work will be undertaken where you live in Area South (Yeovil and surrounding villages), Area West (Crewkerne, Chard, Ilminster and surrounding villages), Area North (Somerton, Langport and surrounding villages) and Area East (Bruton, Castle Cary, Wincanton and surrounding villages).

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