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Rivers Authority sees increase in council tax

Council tax payers in Taunton Deane will have to pay almost 5 per cent more for services this year.

The authority is increasing its tax by 3.6 per cent with a further one and a quarter on top for the new Somerset Rivers Authority.

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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.

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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