Whose land is it anyway?

In America they call it "real estate". In Taunton, where "record housebuilding" is very popular with the town's 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 Cllr John …
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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?

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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