Somerset

Somerset local authority merger approved by council

Taunton Deane councillors have voted to merge with neighbouring West Somerset Council.

The plan was approved after a five-hour debate about the issue at a council meeting last night.

The idea had divided opinion, with some seeing it as a threat to the council's powers, while others said it would save money which could be spent on services.

West Somerset councillors are due to vote on the proposals in September.

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