Community Governance Review for Taunton

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Closes 12 Jan 2022

Stage 1 Consultation Questions

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1. Please tell us whether you are a (tick all that apply):
2. Please enter the postcode of your home (if a local resident) or work/other premises with which you have a local connection
3. Based on where you live (or work/other connection with the area under review), which town, parish, area or locality do you feel you belong to?
4. Should a town or parish council or councils be set up to serve the parts of Taunton that do not currently have them (the 'unparished areas')?
5. Should a single town or parish council be set up to cover the whole of the currently unparished area of Taunton or should there be separate councils for any area(s) within the unparished area?
6. Should any new parish or town council that is set up in the currently unparished area of Taunton also take in the urban parts of any surrounding parish(es)?

Please go to question 9 

For those who answered No to Question 4 - if you do not think a town or parish council or councils should be set up to serve the currently unparished areas of Taunton – please answer questions 7 & 8 
7. Why do you think that a town or parish council or councils should not be set up to serve the currently unparished areas of Taunton?
8. Do you think there are other (non-parish) forms of community governance (eg community partnerships/forums, area committees, residents' and tenants' associations, neighbourhood management programmes, community associations) that have been, or could be, made to promote community representation or engagement in the area under review, either as alternatives to, or stages towards, the establishment of town or parish councils?
9. In the event that a new parish/town council is established taking in both the currently unparished area of Taunton and the urban parts of one or more surrounding parishes, what arrangements should be made for the remaining (rural) parts of those parishes?
10. Do you think town or parish council(s) should consider delivering some local services that are currently provided by Somerset West and Taunton Council and for these to be paid for by the town council precept?
11. Do you have any other comments on governance issues or boundaries at the parish/town council level?