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Council asks for help to find travellers sites

Taunton Deane Borough Council needs help finding land for travellers. Credit: PA

Taunton Deane Borough Council has issued an appeal for gypsy and traveller sites.

It's required by law to find suitable plots but hasn't been able to, so far. Anyone with land, which can be connected to water and power is linked to local services is being asked to contact the council by the end of May.

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Councils to merge management

West Somerset District Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council will merge management to save almost £2m a year. Credit: ITV News West Country

Two councils in Somerset are to merge management to save money.

At separate meetings tonight, West Somerset District Council based in Williton and Taunton Deane Borough Council voted in favour of the deal which will see savings of almost £2m a year.

Opponents fear it'll mean dozens of job cuts.


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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:


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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.

Brewhouse Theatre to be bought by council?

The Brewhouse Theatre closed back in February Credit: ITV News West Country

The Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton could be bought by the local council.

Taunton Deane Borough Council says it would be able to protect the Brewhouse buildings, but that another organisation would have to run the theatre itself. It closed in February this year because of a lack of funding.

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.


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