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The proposal to create a new council for the combined communities of Taunton Deane and West Somerset has been submitted to the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
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West Somerset Council covers 280 square miles of coast and countryside.
The population of the district is approximately 35,000 with about one third living in Minehead, which is the principal town.
The district encompasses Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with much of the district area falling within the area of the Exmoor National Park.
An image of West Somerset boundary and location can be seen below. For a more detailed image of the district boundary and ward boundaries can be seen by using the National Statistics - Boundary Viewer website.
West Somerset Council is made up of 28 Councillors (also known as Members) who are elected for 4 years. See Political Structure for more details.
West Somerset Council shares a Management Team with Taunton Deane Borough Council. See Joint Management Team for more details.
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