Green with Eden Envy?

Cllr John Williams looks a little poorly, despite the grin. His senior Taunton Deane colleagues are equally off-colour. 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". Their voices are …
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Spend Spend Spend!

I always try to get on with the neighbours. But the crowd in charge of Taunton Deane Borough Council are stretching my patience to the limit. Earlier this year they announced crazy plans to spend £7.5million on a facelift for Deane House.....even though the building will be worth less than half that …
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Thank you for voting!

You should never argue with the ballot box. Bridgwater and West Somerset sent me back to Westminster with a substantially increased majority. Many thanks are due to those who gave support with such enthusiasm. But there are also important messages that have emerged from this unexpected election. I …
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Where have all the flowers gone….?

I greeted the news about the Taunton Flower Show with genuine sadness. As Chair of the All Party Horticulture and Gardening Group I take a keen interest in fostering everything to do with flora. So when it became clear that Taunton's famous flower show will soon be forced to seek a new home (because …
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The Fraud Investigation goes on.

When I was told that Wiveliscombe Town Council had reported Taunton Deane to the Serious Fraud Office for allegedly misappropriating council tax to the tune of several million pounds I shared my concerns in the House of Commons. The SFO has now decided that the case is not one for them to pursue. …
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180 days makes all the difference!

No, it may resemble the team from DIY SOS but this is a much bigger job! These are the men and women who have been working hard to get Britain's first new nuclear power station for a generation built and ready right on our doorstep - and already they have made considerable progress. Hinkley C , or …
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Consultation Confidence Trick

The population of Taunton Deane and West Somerset is around 150,000.  So why did fewer than 550 people bother to submit their views about the proposed council merger? The councils say that such a low level of response indicates that most people are not bothered about what happens. This is a pathetic …
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The Wrong Arm of the Law 2

It may not be your favourite bedtime reading. Or mine for that matter! But I am told that most self-respecting local government lawyers are never far from a copy of the magazine which bears the same esteemed name. The latest issue picks up on the letter from Sedgemoor District Council to Taunton …
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Trumpton Deane

If Donald Trump discovers what Taunton Deane intend to spend on their old HQ he will probably go into tweeting overdrive, blame it all on the media, and accuse me of wiretapping Councillor Williams office.  Thankfully, back here on Planet West Somerset, we can see through the fake news! I am greatly …
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“Ian! Lucius Malfoy. We meet at last.”

He took off the wig for our get-together and didn't turn up with that menacing silver stick in his hand or the evil look in his eye. In the flesh the man behind the mask of Lucius Malfroy is a very nice actor indeed called Jeremy Isaacs. He and I share one big thing in common. We are both …
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