The Liberal Democrats have a proud record of commitment to well-run local
government, and have taken the lead in providing high quality local services
in Taunton Deane and across Somerset. The party is also committed to
providing value for money and puts a strong emphasis on democracy and
participation. The Liberal Democrats are the official opposition on Taunton Deane
Borough Council and are the majority party on Somerset County Council.
Taunton Deane Borough Council
Taunton Deane Borough Council is responsible for housing, planning, litter
collection, recycling, town centre management, leisure services, parks and
other areas of local concern. The headquarters are in Deane House in
The Liberal Democrats have 15 councillors on Taunton Deane Borough Council
covering Taunton, Wellington and rural communities. The Leader of the Liberal
Democrat group is Ross Henley (pictured right), who lives in Wellington, and the
Deputy Leader is Hazel Prior-Sankey, who lives in Taunton.
The next elections to Taunton Deane Borough Council will be held in May
West Somerset District Council
The Exmoor part of Taunton constituency falls within the boundaries of West
Somerset District Council, although most of the area covered by the council
falls within Bridgwater parliamentary constituency. Exmoor has traditionally
had mainly independent councillors. The headquarters of West Somerset
District Council are in Williton and Minehead.
Somerset County Council
Somerset County Council is responsible for major aspects of local government
in the county, including education and social services. The headquarters are
in County Hall in Taunton.
The Liberal Democrats have made education a priority at county level.
Somerset schools have benefited from above-inflation budget increases and
have seen an impressive rise in standards. The county council is also
committed to providing value for money, maintaining Somerset’s road network
to a high standard, and ensuring that social services are provided with
efficiency and compassion.
The Liberal Democrats are the majority party on Somerset County Council.
Within Taunton constituency, there are five Liberal Democrat county
councillors, including recent Deputy Leader Claire Gordon and Chairman Robin
Bush. The Leader of the County Council is Cathy Bakewell, who represents an
area of South Somerset.
The next elections to Somerset County Council will be held in May 2005.