COUNCIL MERGER THUMBS UP?

Tonight Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, telephoned me. He said he was now "minded" to approve the merger plans of Taunton Deane Bough and West Somerset District - plans which I believe are undemocratic and dangerous. Presumably, there will be champagne corks …
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Taunton Diddycoy Borough Council

They rolled into the staff car park at Deane House Taunton the other day and set up camp. Perhaps they were attracted by the promise of rich pickings as the interior of the council buildings is ripped apart and emptied of possessions. Deane House, remember, is being refurbished at sky-high public …
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Peregrine strikes again

Birds of prey tend to do what birds of prey were designed to do. Their attacks are usually unannounced. Sometimes the results are gory. But at least the carnage is swift.  St Mary Magdalen Church in Taunton has now installed cameras and nest boxes to encourage the town's Peregrine falcons to stay …
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Taunton Council Fly-tipping scandal?

This time, surely,  Taunton Deane Borough Council has gone too far. Extravagant works are now underway to "refurbish" Deane House (total cost £11 million plus!) and the council seem to be chucking away anything useless. One of my sharp eyed readers sent in this snap of a Taunton refuse bin …
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WEST SOMERSET DESERVES BETTER

I have now had the dubious privilege of reading a complete text of an interview given by West Somerset's Joint Chief Executive to the magazine Municipal Journal. It made me furious. She has provided the magazine with false estimates of savings from the merger proposals. At one point she appears to …
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What the Chief Executive said….

Silence ought to be golden for a council Chief Executive. As the most senior officer in a local authority anything said in public is likely to have repercussions unless very carefully phrased. So when the joint Chief Executive of Taunton Deane and West Somerset councils opened her mouth to the …
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Whose land is it anyway?

In America they call it "real estate". In Taunton, where "record housebuilding" is very popular with one local MP, it seems to be another golden opportunity to make piles of money. Highways England have held regular talks with Taunton Deane Council and concluded that if you want to push the Leader's …
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Secret land bank exposed

Last week the leader of Taunton Deane council angrily denied that plans to build thousands of new houses on the south east side of the M5.  But Highways England consultants say, in this detailed Memorandum, that the development of a dual carriageway and junction could enable more than 3000 homes in …
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Taunton Deane Council goes MAD!

Taunton Deane Council has earned itself a top place at last. Not content with squandering millions of pounds of a tax payers money to tart up its offices, this ill-led and abominably managed municipality is now asking staff what sort of toilets they would like, and how big the lockers should be, and …
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Green with Eden Envy?

Taunton Deane Council has gone green......with that dreadful illness "envy". From the Leader's office and the cabinet come jealous cries: They have all been complaining vociferously about plans down the motorway in Devon to build a new complex of shops and leisure facilities called "Eden Westwood". …
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