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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“They think its all over”………..

I can assure you that it is not. The pathetic excuse for consultation about the merger may have concluded. It was arranged and orchestrated by Taunton Deane Borough Council and- thankfully - is now formally closed. The whole thing was a sick joke. Anyone from anywhere could complete their online …
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The Wrong Arm of the Law

The architects of the mad plan to merge Taunton Deane and West Somerset councils deliberately picked the wrong law to try and sneak it through without proper consultation. That has been my suspicion all along. It is also the firm conclusion of Sedgemoor District Council who were recently asked to …
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A nasty smell in Taunton……

"It wasn't me guv." I didn't report Taunton Deane Council to the Fraud Squad. One of their own town councils called them in. The accusation is that Taunton has been levying council tax by a method which costs individual households more than it should The suggestion is that this has been going on for …
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