As plans to merge Taunton Deane and West Somerset councils gather speed, Wellington town council repeated its opposition to the scheme and voted to write to the Secretary of State urging that plans be halted. The deadline for the public sending messages to the minister is Friday 19th.
Councillors from both parties believed that both Taunton and Wellington would suffer from the merger. “Going to the rescue of a council [West Somerset] that is not financially viable will cost TDBC a lot of money,” said Cllr Andy Govier.
“I’m as opposed as I was a year ago. I can’t see how they are going to make the claimed savings. I just see increased costs to service a large district with a tiny tax base,” said Cllr John Thorne. Cllr Marcus Barr predicted that long-term Wellington would be marginalised, forgotten and end up going it alone.
People who want their views heard can still email the Minister via firstname.lastname@example.org
There’s also an address for those who prefer to write, rather than email: Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government at 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF