What people are saying about One Somerset Media coverage and local voices
To me, it is common sense to become One Somerset. This will make working together easier and I look forward to the efficiencies and streamlining this will bring to council operations.
– Sam Abbott, TQ Exel Ltd
Running a business today can already be a complex task, particularly for smaller, rural businesses such as ours and which make up a large part of Somerset’s economy. A single, unity authority will simplify and unify policies and businesses giving us a stronger voice in central government.
– Fisher and Company Engineering Services Ltd
A single authority would ensure that developments which occur on current district boundaries adequately consider impacts within their whole environs rather than just that within which the application lies. I feel the costs of maintaining four district authorities outweighs the benefits that the current structure might provide.
– Clarkson and Woods Ltd
From The MJ.co.uk Let's grasp this opportunity to create One Somerset for outstanding public services
This week Somerset County Council will submit a blueprint to Government for great local public services, value for money and an end to the confusion of service delivery in the county.Read on The MJ.co.uk
From The MJ.co.uk A golden chance for reform
In inviting proposals for reorganisation, there is a recognition from ministers that there is a clear consensus for change in Cumbria, Somerset and North Yorkshire.Read on The MJ.co.uk
From LevellerLive Somerset Unitary - The starting pistol is fired
Last night Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP asked councils in Somerset to submit bids. This effectively fires the starting pistol on the move towards a unitary council in Somerset.Read on LevellerLive
From LevellerLive Yeovil MP backs One Somerset unitary bid
Marcus Fysh, MP for Yeovil has written to parish and town councils in his constituency to express his support for a new unitary council.Read on LevellerLive
From Burnham-on-Sea.com Unitary proposals step forward as Government invites Somerset to submit its plans
Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill has this week welcomed receipt of a letter from the Government which paves the way for a new model of local government in the county.Read on Burnham-on-Sea.com
From GOV.UK Government invites Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset to submit locally-led proposals for unitary local government
Councils in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset to be given opportunity to put forward proposals on restructuring to set up single tier unitary councils in their area.Read on GOV.UK
From the Weston Mercury 'Historic step' for single Somerset council case is set for government ruling
County councillors have approved the business case to abolish all Somerset councils and replace them with one single authority.Read on thewestonmercury.co.uk
From BBC Somerset Somerset's unitary authority bid backed by council
Plans to create a new, single council for Somerset will be submitted to the government following a vote by councillors.Read on BBC Somerset
From Burnham & Highbridge Weekly News Somerset County Council leader on why one council is 'right for Somerset'
The bid to create a unitary authority for Somerset took a major step forward yesterday as Somerset County Council voted to submit the business case for One Somerset to the Secretary of State.Read on burnhamandhighbridgeweeklynews.co.uk
From West Somerset Free Press County votes for single authority
Council leader David Fothergill has put forward the One Somerset business case, which would see Somerset’s five existing councils abolished and replaced by May 2022.Read on wsfp.co.uk
from Leveller Live County approves unitary business case
Today was the crunch time for Somerset County Council and the debate over whether to go to a Unitary Council. The first step in this process was to debate the One Somerset business plan. This is the plan that will start the process.Read on leveller.live
28 July 2020 Business advocates share their support for One Somerset
Kit Chapman, Proprietor of The Castle Hotel, Taunton and Founder and Director of Arts Taunton shares his support for One Somerset.Watch now
from Frome Nub News One Somerset: your questions answered ahead of crunch unitary meeting
Ahead of a virtual full council meeting, county council leader David Fothergill gave an interview to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, setting out his reasons for pursuing this bold move now.Read on frome.nub.news