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Taunton Town Council accommodation agreed

05 December 2022 : Council news, Community

Taunton Town Council will be based in office space at Deane House, Taunton, when it is created in April 2023.

Members of the Taunton Shadow Town Council, which was set up to lead and oversee work to establish the new authority, supported a recommendation to agree a one year lease on the ground floor accommodation starting on 1 April 2023.

The decision will now be formally approved by Somerset West and Taunton Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development, Planning and Transportation, Cllr Mike Rigby, and the Deputy CEO and Director of Place and Climate Change, Chris Hall.

The space which has its own external access, will meet initial office and meeting room requirements for the new Town Council without impacting on current working arrangements in Deane House

The 12 month lease will provide stability for Taunton Town Council in the short term giving the new council time to establish its needs and review the market for alternative accommodation in its first year of operation if necessary.

Somerset West and Taunton Council and Somerset County Council are working collaboratively to implement the recommendations of the Community Governance Review and stand up Taunton Town Council ready for 1 April 2023 - the same day as the new unitary Somerset Council is established.

Work will begin under licence in the lead up to the lease start date so that arrangements including ICT and telephony infrastructure, can be put in place in time for the first day of operation.