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13.08.2020 Joint Statement from the leaders of Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West & Taunton Council and South Somerset District Council

13th August 2020, the latest joint statement from the leaders of the District Councils in Somerset.

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"The district councils have been consistent in their view that real change is needed in local government in Somerset to deliver better outcomes for our communities. We are also agreed that a single unitary is the wrong solution for Somerset.

"Our joint work has always been about reform, not simple reorganisation, that will enable a stronger economy, stronger communities, stronger care and stronger, sustainable services. This will include a two unitary council solution. 

"We have never been opposed to the creation of unitary authorities and the districts' case will be a stronger and more ambitious alternative to the One Somerset proposal.

"As such, we are disappointed that Somerset County Council decided to issue a press statement about our proposals which contains confusing information and describes an announcement which has not yet happened.

"It is our full intention for the districts' proposal to be democratically debated and shaped by our residents in the coming weeks, recognising that it needs to meet the different needs of our diverse communities while also delivering reform."