Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council have been working together for the past three years and, through joining management and sharing services, have achieved an annual £1.8m of savings.
Both councils now want to modernise and streamline council services and delivery to achieve significant savings and also propose to create a single new council, covering the current geographical areas of Taunton Deane and West Somerset.
The proposal has been submitted to The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government..
In late November 2017, the Secretary of State told Taunton Deane Borough and West Somerset Councils of his intention to allow the proposal to go forward, subject to a period of further representation until 19 January 2018 and Parliamentary approval.
Until 19 January 2018, representations can be made by writing to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF, or by email to email@example.com
Visit Your New Council website for more information about the proposal to create a new, single council for Taunton Deane and West Somerset.