The closing date for registering to vote in the general elections is Tuesday 26 November 2019. You can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Becoming Somerset West and Taunton Council


Taunton Deane Borough and West Somerset councils had been sharing their services, staff and management since 2013.

Following a successful submission by the Councils to the Government, legislation was passed which dissolved Taunton Deane Borough and West Somerset councils from 1 April 2019 and replaced them with a single district-level council called Somerset West and Taunton Council, to cover the combined administrative areas of Taunton Deane and West Somerset.

The legislation which made this change is The Somerset West and Taunton (Local Government Changes) Order 2018.

The Government then made regulations to ensure the smooth transition from Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council to Somerset West and Taunton Council. These are The Local Government (Boundary Changes) Regulations 2018.

These regulations, among other matters, confirm:

  • anything done by, or in relation to, the Taunton Deane Borough Council or the West Somerset Council before 1 April 2019 will be treated as if done by Somerset West and Taunton Council
  • any decisions made by Taunton Deane Borough Council or the West Somerset Council before 1 April 2019 will be treated as if done by Somerset West and Taunton Council
  • all functions carried out by Taunton Deane Borough Council or the West Somerset Council before 1 April 2019 will be carried out by Somerset West and Taunton Council
  • all property, rights and liabilities of Taunton Deane Borough Council or the West Somerset Council transfer on 1 April 2019 to Somerset West and Taunton Council
  • all agreements made by or with Taunton Deane Borough Council or the West Somerset Council before 1 April 2019 will be treated as if made by or with Somerset West and Taunton Council

During 2018 the Local Government Boundary Commission undertook an electoral review of Somerset West and Taunton. This review resulted in the Somerset West and Taunton (Electoral Changes) Order 2018 being made. This legislation sets out the new electoral wards for the district as well as the number of district councillors for each ward. Somerset West and Taunton Council has 59 district councillors. Elections to Somerset West and Taunton Council take place every 4 years, from May 2019.

  • official business address for service: Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, TA1 1HE
  • postal address: PO Box 866, Taunton, TA1 9GS
  • VAT Registration Number: 314 8023 32