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UPDATE: Travellers move off site in Taunton

Taunton Deane Borough Council has said that travellers who had moved onto Hamilton Park in Taunton have now left.

The families were given a deadline of midday on Monday to leave the site.

The Council said the group left rubbish and what is believed to be human excrement strewn across the grass and in hedges.

I am delighted that the travellers have moved on.

It was extremely disappointing that they chose to enter the park in the first place but the state they left it in was completely unnecessary and the lack of respect for environment was beyond comprehension. I want to thank the police for their support and the efforts of the Deane Direct Labour Organisation who were on hand immediately to try and clear what they could."

– Cllr Mark Edwards, Deputy Leader, Taunton Deane Borough Council

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Hundreds attend Vivary Green planning meeting

Hundreds of people have gathered in Taunton tonight in opposition to plans for hundreds of houses on a popular green space.

Developers want to build more than 300 homes on the Vivary Green Wedge extending from Taunton's town centre.

Taunton Deane Borough Council's planners have recommended the scheme for approval. The planning committee is expected to make a final decision tonight.

Jeff Welch reports:

Protests expected at controversial planning meeting

Taunton Deane Borough Council's planning committee meets tonight Credit: ITV West

A protest is expected later at the offices of Taunton Deane Borough Council to oppose plans for hundreds of houses on a popular green space.

Developers want to build more than three hundred homes on the Vivary Green Wedge extending from Taunton's Town Centre. A previous application for six hundred homes on the site was thrown out.

More than 800 people have written to the council objecting to the scheme.

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Smallest council may be jointly managed by neighbour

West Somerset Council could be jointly managed by its much larger neighbour, Taunton Deane Borough Council. West Somerset Council based in Williton serves just 35,000 people and is England's smallest district authority.

Last night (Monday 4 March 2013), Taunton Deane Borough Council said it would look at plans that could mean joint working between the two authorities.