During the summer of 2016, Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council made decisions to invest in a significant programme of change in our staffing, processes and the technology to support new ways of working.
The Councils also made decisions to support a proposal to create a single, new, district council to replace the two existing district councils.
This was driven by a pressing need for West Somerset to retain its financial viability and for Taunton Deane to continue to be able to invest in its growth ambitions.
The proposal to create a new council for the combined communities of Taunton Deane and West Somerset was submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Sajid Javid.
In November 2017 the Secretary of State told Taunton Deane Borough and West Somerset Councils of his intention to allow the proposal to go forward, subject to a period of further representation until 19 January 2018 and Parliamentary approval.
On 22nd March 2018 the Secretary of State announced that he is approving the creation of a new district council for the areas. His decision will be subject to parliamentary approval.
Councillor Anthony Trollope-Bellew, leader of West Somerset Council:
“We owe it to our residents now – and to future generations – to show strong leadership and meet the challenges that lie ahead.”
Councillor John Williams, leader of Taunton Deane Borough Council:
“This is a huge and radical step – one that is being taken to make us fit for the future and stronger together.”