STOP THE MERGER
Do you want your money used to bail out a failing council? You can help stop it if you sign below.
PETITION : To stop the proposed merger between Taunton Deane and the failing West Somerset Council.
Because not only will many residents of Taunton Deane be outraged to hear that their money is being squandered to pay for this ill thought-out merger, but also this is our very last chance to put our concerns to the Minister of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid MP.
It has long been common knowledge - and admitted by both councils - that WSC was virtually bankrupt and the proposed merger will cost both Taunton Deane Council Tax and Business Rate payers heavily, wiping out any alleged savings claimed by the current administration.
On top of this, West Somerset has a deficit in its pension fund of £15.6M, which Taunton Deane may well eventually be liable to pay. Equally, the proposed merger means that the most socially deprived parts of Taunton and Wellington could be seriously disadvantaged because a lot of our money will be spent in West Somerset by the new Council.
When the Councils were eventually forced to carry out their own online 'consultation’. Out of more than 100,000 people who would be affected by the merger, less than 220 voted in favour, outnumbered by those who voted against. And yet Council leaders have told the Minister that the merger enjoys widespread local support in Taunton Deane.
Don't let them get away with this travesty. This is your chance to show the Minister what the people of Taunton Deane really think.
So we ask you, please, to write to Sajid Javid by 19 January 2018 at the address below or sign this petition for us to present to the Minister. Thank you.
Until 19 January 2018, representations can be made by writing to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF, or online at http://forms.communities.gov.uk/
Published by Taunton Deane Liberal Democrats at Old Harness Room, 83 Staplegrove Rd TA1 1DN