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Councillors from across Somerset meet to learn about new unitary body

MORE than 100 representatives from grassroots councils across Somerset will attend a conference in Bridgwater next Thursday (October 7) to learn more about plans for the new unitary council for Somerset that will come onto being in April 2023.

The one-day conference at the J24 venue will give town, parish, and city councils the chance to hear first-hand from Somerset County Council, Mendip council, Sedgemoor council, Somerset West and Taunton council and South Somerset council about the vision for the new unitary council and to contribute to planning how it will deliver local services.

A spokesperson for the county council said: “There will be more detail on the proposed Local Community Networks (LCNs) – an explanation of what they are and how they would work as committees of the new council’s cabinet – formal structures with real constitutional power.

“Break-out sessions are on the agenda covering key topics including elections and structural changes and the important role of the voluntary and community sector.

“Speakers will include representatives from local authorities, Spark Somerset and Wiltshire council, and the event will be chaired by Cllr Faye Purbrick, the county council’s lead member for local government reorganisation. The day will end with a question and answer session.

“Parish, town, and city councils that have yet to confirm attendance can sign up via this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/somerset-unitary-tpc-conference-tickets-169975492273).

“There’s a maximum of two delegates per council. Delegates should include their name, and parish, town, or city when they register.”

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