Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how we (Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset District Council) use and protect any information that you give us when you use this website.

We are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. We do not require you to provide any information by which you can be identified when using this website. You are discouraged from submitting personal information by which you could be identified, when submitting your views. However, should you choose to do so then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

We may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 1 December 2016.

What we collect

We collect any information you choose to submit on the ‘We Want to Hear Your Views’  page of this website.

When you visit our site we may also automatically log your IP address, a unique identifier for your computer or other access device. We will not use your IP address to identify you in any way.

What we do with the information we gather

The information we gather will be used solely for the purposes of the consultation exercise in relation to the proposals to create a new district council for West Somerset and Taunton Deane.

We may use the information submitted:

  • To support our submission to the Secretary of State on the proposal to create a new council for West Somerset and Taunton Deane
  • To accompany reports to our councils about the proposal to create a new council for West Somerset and Taunton Deane
  • As part of a response to a Freedom of Information request
  • For other internal purposes related to the proposal to create a new council for West Somerset and Taunton Deane


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

We will never sell, distribute or lease any personal information you choose to provide, to third parties. We will only pass on your personal information if we are required by law to do so.