Somerset County Council are Proposing to become a Unitary Authority, taking on the District Council roles and disbanding them.
This is a major step that intends to save money and give more power to Parish and Town Councils. The issues are complex, the timescales are short, and action is continuing during the current emergency.
There is a One Somerset website at https://onesomerset.org.uk/ where you are invited to ‘Have Your Say’.
This is a significant change to the local government arrangements and your Parish Council recommends you visit the website, consider the issues and ‘have your say’. Whatever the outcome the local government arrangements adopted are likely to be in place for at least 30 years.
Your Parish Council currently have little more information than is on the website but expect much more over the next few weeks. Councillors agreed to signpost parishioners to relevant information so if you wish to influence the decision contact a Councillor and we can pass information to you as it arrives.
Further information is added below as it becomes available:29Jun20: Recommendations on the Role of Parish Councils in the event of Local Government Reorganisation (LGR) in Somerset
30Jul20: One Somerset unitary business case V1.0 July 2020
30Jul20: Joint Statement from the District Councils
31Jul20: Letter to Town/Parish Councils from Somerset County Council
08Sep20: Implications of Scale and disaggregation in Local Government Reorganisation (issued by Somerset County Council)
15Sep20: Stronger Somerset (issued by the District Councils)