Since the consultation began on 12 December 2016, local residents, businesses and organisations have been able to find out more about the proposal via a dedicated website – www.yournewcouncil.org. The website also provides an online feedback facility.
A series of eight public roadshows were held throughout the two areas to give people an opportunity to understand more about how the proposal would affect them and their communities. In addition, ten meetings with town and parish Councils took place in order to gather opinions.
Cllr John Williams, Leader of Taunton Deane Borough Council, said: “The roadshows provided a way of finding out the facts face-to-face, while the website: www.yournewcouncil.org has a wealth of information plus a feedback form. It’s simple and straightforward to use.”
The decision on whether a new council is created rests with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, The Rt Hon.Sajid Javid MP. The purpose of the consultation exercise is to help inform the Secretary of State’s decision.
Leader of West Somerset Council, Anthony Trollope-Bellew said: “It’s really important that we seek your views before we submit our proposal for a new, single district council to Government. Please get involved, give us your opinions.”
It’s not too late to take part - visit www.yournewcouncil.org for full details of the proposal and to give us your views via an online questionnaire. Paper questionnaires are available at the councils’ offices for those who prefer to submit a handwritten response.
Released jointly on behalf of Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council
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