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Town and parish councils

There are 78 parishes in the Somerset West and Taunton district. Parish and town councils raise their money by adding an extra cost known as a "precept" to council tax bills in each parish. Your parish share will be clearly shown on your council tax bill.

Vacancies on parish and town councils can happen at any time, for example because a councillor has resigned or has died. If an election is not requested then the remaining councillors can fill the vacancy through co-option. This means the parish or town council can choose someone to fill the vacancy.

Porlock Parish Council

Election results 2022

Community Governance Review for Taunton

Somerset West and Taunton Council is carrying out a review to decide on changes to existing local governance arrangements, including whether or not a new town or parish council or councils should be set up in those parts of Taunton where they don’t currently exist.

We want to hear from local residents, business owners and organisations that are within the area of scope of the review. See our Community Governance Review for Taunton page for more information.