Category Democracy

Taunton Shadow Town Council Chair elected

Members of the Taunton Shadow Town Council have appointed Councillor Tom Deakin as Chair with Councillor Brian Larcombe as Vice Chair. The first meeting of the shadow council which has been set up to lead and oversee work to establish the new Taunton Town Council, also resolved to adopt Terms of Reference and Procedure Rules […]

Taunton Shadow Town Council to meet 

The first meeting of the Taunton Shadow Town Council will take place on Thursday, 3 November. The shadow council has been set up to lead and oversee the work to establish the new Taunton Town Council which will come into being on 1 April 2023 – the same day as the new unitary Somerset Council. […]

Hundreds sign up to help shape council services

More than 300 people have signed up to help shape the future of council services in Somerset. From April 2023, Somerset’s five councils will be replaced by the new unitary Somerset Council which will deliver all council services to all communities – from waste collection and adult social care to housing, benefits and parks. A […]

Help shape the future of council services in Somerset

People in Somerset are encouraged to join a new Customer Panel and help shape the future of council services. From April 2023, Somerset’s five councils will be replaced by the new unitary Somerset Council which will deliver all council services to all communities – from waste collection and adult social care to housing, benefits and […]

Consultation on council tax support scheme launched

A consultation on council tax support for the new unitary Somerset Council is launched today (25 July 2022). This is the first major policy consultation for the new council and it proposes that the lowest income households across Somerset get 100% council tax relief. Somerset’s four district councils currently offer varying levels of council tax […]

Flag flies at half-mast to honour former Council Chair

Somerset County Council will be flying the flag outside County Hall at half mast today to mark the funeral of former Chair Nigel Taylor. Cllr Taylor, who died last month, was elected as the County Councillor for Cheddar in 2017 and served 4 years as Chair of Council (2018-2022), as well as being a longstanding […]

Election results:

The results of yesterday’s Somerset County Council elections are as follows: Liberal Democrat: 61                  Conservative: 36 Green Party: 5                           Labour: 5 Independent: 3                              Full details of the results for individual divisions and candidates can be found on the elections results page on the authority’s website  The results mean that Liberal Democrats take overall control of […]

#SomersetVotes tomorrow

Thousands of Somerset residents will be making their way to the ballot box for the County Council elections tomorrow (5 May 2022). Some 434,000-plus residents are eligible to vote for two of the 337 prospective councillors vying for their support today with 110 seats available across the county as Somerset prepares for the biggest change in […]

Polls open in just one week

Voters in Somerset will be heading for the polls in just a week’s time – and will be able to cast their vote for two candidates in the County Council election on 5 May. This year’s election is different as 110 councillors will be elected – two in each of the 55 divisions – as […]

Make sure you’re ready to vote on 5 May

With just under two weeks before people in Somerset go to the polls voters are being urged to get ready for the forthcoming local elections. Voters will already have a poll card informing them where they should go to cast their vote. Voters will be allocated to a polling station based on their home address. […]