Government Decision on New Council

THE Leaders of two Somerset councils are welcoming the Government’s announcement that it is approving the creation of a new district council covering their areas. The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government, today (Thursday) told...

Authorities consent to new council proposal

TWO Somerset councils that have been in formal partnership for almost five years have agreed to give their consent to the start of the legal process that would create a single new council. Taunton Deane Borough and West Somerset Councils have been partners since 2013...

The further period for representations has now ended

The further period for interested parties to make their views known to the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government has now closed (on 19 January 18). We now await the Minister’s decision. Further updates will appear on this...

Consultation responses and submission to Government

We have now sent our submission, on the proposal to create a new council, to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for his consideration.  Links to pdfs of the submission and its appendices, including consultation responses, are provided here. In...

The consultation has ended

The consultation on the proposed new council has now closed. We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to attend one of the roadshows and also those who have kindly given their feedback. It is very much appreciated. All submissions will be made available...

One more week to have your say on new council proposal

Residents in Taunton Deane and West Somerset have one more week to have their say about the proposal to create a new single council covering both areas before the public consultation closes on Tuesday 28 February 2017. Since the consultation began on 12 December 2016,...

Consultation roadshows – new dates announced!

There is still time to have your say at our consultation roadshows.  We have been holding a series of public roadshows across both council areas, giving people the chance to ask questions, voice opinions and get the information they may need about our proposal to...