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Orders have been signed into law which will abolish the districts of West Somerset and Taunton Deane and create one new district-level council which will be known as Somerset West and Taunton Council. The new council will be created on 1 April 2019, ahead of elections to the new council on 2 May 2019.

Somerset West and Taunton Change Order

West Somerset and Taunton Deane district councils will remain as separate, sovereign bodies until 31 March 2019. Meanwhile a Shadow Authority has been created. The Shadow Authority consists of all 84 Members of both existing councils – and will be an entity in its own right until the new council is functioning. 

The Shadow Authority for Somerset West and Taunton is responsible for creating and maintaining an Implementation Plan, ensuring that all necessary measures are in place to allow for the functions and powers to transfer to the new council, in particular:

The first meeting of the Somerset West and Taunton Council’s Shadow Authority, on 8th June 2018, saw these appointments being made:

Councillor Jean Parbrook (Minehead South) has been elected Chair, while Councillor Catherine Herbert (Killams & Mountfield) is Vice Chair. She is also the current Mayor of Taunton Deane.

The Shadow Executive members are: Councillors John Williams, Roger Habgood, Jane Warmington and Andrew Sully (Taunton Deane) and Councillors Anthony Trollope-Bellew, Steven Pugsley, Andrew Hadley and Martin Dewdney (West Somerset).

Councillor Williams was elected as Leader of the Shadow Council with Councillor Trollope-Bellew as Deputy Leader.

The meeting also established a Central Implementation Team of officers to oversee the implementation of the new council, made up of the Head of Paid Service. The Section 151 Officer and The Monitoring Officer.

The meetings of the Shadow Authority are advertised on this website and are open to members of the public.

It should be noted that the parliamentary process to create the new council continues as there will be orders laid in parliament during Summer/Autumn 2018 to enable:

Agendas

Somerset West and Taunton Shadow Council Agenda 7.06.2018

Somerset West and Taunton Shadow Executive Agenda 11.06.2018

Somerset West and Taunton Shadow Scrutiny Agenda 25.06.2018

Somerset West and Taunton Shadow Executive Agenda 05.07.2018

Somerset West and Taunton Special Shadow Council Agenda 10.09.18

Somerset West and Taunton Special Shadow Council 10.09.18 - Appendix A

Somerset West and Taunton Shadow Scrutiny Agenda 18.09.2018

Somerset West and Taunton Shadow Scrutiny 18.09.2018 - Agenda Item 6

Somerset West and Taunton Shadow Corporate Governance and Standards Committee Agenda 24.09.2018

Somerset West and Taunton Shadow Executive Agenda 26.09.2018

Forthcoming Shadow meeting dates

Shadow Council

Shadow Scrutiny Committee

Shadow Executive

Shadow Corporate Governance and Standards Committee

Related documents

Somerset West and Taunton Shadow Council Interim Constitution June 2018

Somerset West and Taunton Shadow Council Member Code of Conduct

Shadow Council Register of Interest - All Councillors