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Taunton Deane was a local government district with borough status in Somerset, England. Its council was based in Taunton.

Taunton Deane
Official logo of Taunton Deane
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Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth West England
Ceremonial countySomerset
Admin HQTaunton
Created1 April 1974
Government
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district
 • LeaderJohn Williams
 • CouncilConservative
 • MPs:Rebecca Pow (Con)
Area
 • Total178.87 sq mi (463.26 km2)
Population
 (mid-2018 est.)
 • Total(Ranked )
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
Post Code
Area code(s)01823
Websitehttp://www.tauntondeane.gov.uk/
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The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the Municipal Borough of Taunton, Wellington Urban District, Taunton Rural District, and Wellington Rural District.

Taunton Deane was granted borough status in 1975, perpetuating the mayoralty of Taunton.[1]

The district was given the name of an alternative form of the Taunton Deane Hundred.

In September 2016, West Somerset and Taunton Deane councils agreed in principle to merge the districts into one (with one council) subject to consultation.[2] The new district would not be a unitary authority, with Somerset County Council still performing its functions.[3] In March 2018 both councils voted in favour of the merger and it came into effect on 1 April 2019, with the first elections to the new council in May 2019. The new authority will be known as Somerset West and Taunton.[4][5][6]

GovernanceEdit

The district was governed by Taunton Deane Borough Council, with the most recent election resulting in the Conservatives gaining an increased majority on the council.[7]

Party Seats Held Net Gain/Loss Votes Received
Conservative 36 +8 49,934
Liberal Democrat 14 -9 39,608
Independent 3 +1 5,310
Labour 2 -1 9,268
UKIP 1 +1 1,349

SettlementsEdit

ParishesEdit

Part of the former Taunton Municipal Borough is unparished.

Image Name Status Population Former local authority Coordinates Refs
  Ashbrittle Civil parish 225 Wellington Rural District 50°59′N 3°21′W / 50.98°N 3.35°W / 50.98; -3.35 (Ashbrittle) [8][9]
  Ash Priors Civil parish 155 Taunton Rural District 51°04′N 3°13′W / 51.06°N 3.21°W / 51.06; -3.21 (Ash Priors) [8][10]
  Bathealton Civil parish 194 Wellington Rural District 51°01′N 3°19′W / 51.01°N 3.31°W / 51.01; -3.31 (Bathealton) [8][9]
  Bickenhall Civil parish 122 Taunton Rural District 50°58′N 3°02′W / 50.96°N 3.03°W / 50.96; -3.03 (Bickenhall) [10]
  Bishop's Hull Civil parish 2,975 Taunton Rural District 51°01′N 3°08′W / 51.02°N 3.14°W / 51.02; -3.14 (Bishop's Hull) [8][10]
  Bishops Lydeard Civil parish 2,839
(includes Cotford St Luke)
Taunton Rural District 51°04′N 3°11′W / 51.06°N 3.19°W / 51.06; -3.19 (Bishops Lydeard) [8][10]
  Bradford-on-Tone Civil parish 622 Wellington Rural District 51°00′N 3°11′W / 51.00°N 3.18°W / 51.00; -3.18 (Bradford on Tone) [8][9]
  Burrowbridge Civil parish 508 Taunton Rural District 51°04′N 2°55′W / 51.07°N 2.92°W / 51.07; -2.92 (Burrowbridge) [8][10]
  Cheddon Fitzpaine Civil parish 1,929 Taunton Rural District 51°02′N 3°05′W / 51.04°N 3.08°W / 51.04; -3.08 (Cheddon Fitzpaine) [8][10]
  Chipstable Civil parish 309 Wellington Rural District 51°02′N 3°22′W / 51.04°N 3.37°W / 51.04; -3.37 (Chipstable) [8][9]
  Churchstanton Civil parish 752 Taunton Rural District 50°55′N 3°09′W / 50.92°N 3.15°W / 50.92; -3.15 (Churchstanton) [8][10]
  Combe Florey Civil parish 261 Taunton Rural District 51°05′N 3°13′W / 51.08°N 3.21°W / 51.08; -3.21 (Combe Florey) [8][10]
  Comeytrowe Civil parish 5,463 Taunton Municipal Borough
Taunton Rural District
51°01′N 3°08′W / 51.01°N 3.13°W / 51.01; -3.13 (Comeytrowe) [8][10]
  Corfe Civil parish 253 Taunton Rural District 50°58′N 3°05′W / 50.97°N 3.09°W / 50.97; -3.09 (Corfe) [8][10]
  Cotford St Luke Civil parish created post-census Taunton Rural District 51°02′21″N 3°11′19″W / 51.0392°N 3.1886°W / 51.0392; -3.1886 (Corfe) [10]
  Cothelstone Civil parish 111 Taunton Rural District 51°05′N 3°10′W / 51.08°N 3.16°W / 51.08; -3.16 (Cothelstone) [8][10]
  Creech St Michael Civil parish 2,416 Taunton Rural District 51°01′N 3°02′W / 51.02°N 3.04°W / 51.02; -3.04 (Creech St Michael) [8][10]
  Curland Civil parish 225 Taunton Rural District 50°57′N 3°02′W / 50.95°N 3.03°W / 50.95; -3.03 (Curland) [8][10]
  Durston Civil parish 136 Taunton Rural District 51°03′N 3°01′W / 51.05°N 3.01°W / 51.05; -3.01 (Durston) [8][10]
  Fitzhead Civil parish 264 Wellington Rural District 51°03′N 3°16′W / 51.05°N 3.26°W / 51.05; -3.26 (Fitzhead) [8][9]
  Halse Civil parish 290 Taunton Rural District 51°02′N 3°14′W / 51.04°N 3.23°W / 51.04; -3.23 (Halse, Somerset) [8][10]
  Hatch Beauchamp Civil parish 620 Taunton Rural District 50°59′N 2°59′W / 50.98°N 2.99°W / 50.98; -2.99 (Hatch Beauchamp) [10]
  Kingston St Mary Civil parish 921 Taunton Rural District 51°04′N 3°07′W / 51.06°N 3.11°W / 51.06; -3.11 (Kingston St Mary) [8][10]
  Langford Budville Civil parish 535 Wellington Rural District 51°00′N 3°16′W / 51.00°N 3.27°W / 51.00; -3.27 (Langford Budville) [8][9]
  Lydeard St Lawrence Civil parish 506 Taunton Rural District 51°05′N 3°15′W / 51.09°N 3.25°W / 51.09; -3.25 (Lydeard St Lawrence) [8][10]
 | Milverton Civil parish 1,438 Wellington Rural District 51°01′N 3°15′W / 51.02°N 3.25°W / 51.02; -3.25 (Milverton, Somerset) [8][9]
  North Curry Civil parish 1,640 Taunton Rural District 51°01′N 2°58′W / 51.02°N 2.96°W / 51.02; -2.96 (North Curry) [8][10]
  Norton Fitzwarren Civil parish 3,046 Taunton Rural District 51°01′N 3°09′W / 51.02°N 3.15°W / 51.02; -3.15 (Norton Fitzwarren) [8][10]
  Nynehead Civil parish 415 Wellington Rural District 50°59′N 3°14′W / 50.99°N 3.23°W / 50.99; -3.23 (Nynehead) [8][9]
  Oake Civil parish 765 Wellington Rural District 51°01′N 3°13′W / 51.02°N 3.21°W / 51.02; -3.21 (Oake) [8][9]
  Orchard Portman Civil parish 150 Taunton Rural District 50°59′N 3°05′W / 50.99°N 3.08°W / 50.99; -3.08 (Orchard Portman) [8][10]
  Otterford Civil parish 356 Taunton Rural District 50°55′N 3°06′W / 50.92°N 3.10°W / 50.92; -3.10 (Otterford) [8][10]
Pitminster Civil parish 956 Taunton Rural District 50°58′N 3°07′W / 50.97°N 3.11°W / 50.97; -3.11 (Pitminster) [8][10]
  Ruishton Civil parish 1,473 Taunton Rural District 51°01′N 3°03′W / 51.02°N 3.05°W / 51.02; -3.05 (Ruishton) [8][10]
  Sampford Arundel Civil parish 268 Wellington Rural District 50°58′N 3°17′W / 50.96°N 3.28°W / 50.96; -3.28 (Sampford Arundel) [8][9]
  Staple Fitzpaine Civil parish 189 Taunton Rural District 50°58′N 3°03′W / 50.96°N 3.05°W / 50.96; -3.05 (Staple Fitzpaine) [8][10]
  Staplegrove Civil parish 1,649 Taunton Rural District 51°02′N 3°07′W / 51.03°N 3.12°W / 51.03; -3.12 (Staplegrove) [8][10]
  Stawley Civil parish 279 Wellington Rural District 51°00′N 3°20′W / 51.00°N 3.33°W / 51.00; -3.33 (Stawley) [8][9]
  Stoke St Gregory Civil parish 942 Taunton Rural District 51°02′N 2°56′W / 51.04°N 2.94°W / 51.04; -2.94 (Stoke St Gregory) [8][10]
  Stoke St Mary Civil parish 421 Taunton Rural District 50°59′N 3°03′W / 50.99°N 3.05°W / 50.99; -3.05 (Stoke St Mary) [8][10]
  Thornfalcon Civil parish 119 Taunton Rural District 51°01′N 3°01′W / 51.01°N 3.02°W / 51.01; -3.02 (Thornfalcon) [8][10]
  Tolland Civil parish 81 Taunton Rural District 51°05′N 3°17′W / 51.08°N 3.28°W / 51.08; -3.28 (Tolland, Somerset) [10]
  Trull Civil parish 2,288 Taunton Rural District 51°00′N 3°07′W / 51.00°N 3.12°W / 51.00; -3.12 (Trull) [8][10]
  Wellington Town 13,822 Wellington Urban District 50°59′N 3°13′W / 50.98°N 3.22°W / 50.98; -3.22 (Wellington, Somerset) [8][11]
Wellington Without Civil parish 727 Wellington Rural District 50°58′N 3°14′W / 50.96°N 3.23°W / 50.96; -3.23 (Wellington Without) [8][9]
  West Bagborough Civil parish 358 Taunton Rural District 51°05′N 3°11′W / 51.09°N 3.18°W / 51.09; -3.18 (West Bagborough) [8][10]
  West Buckland Civil parish 1,189 Wellington Rural District 50°59′N 3°11′W / 50.98°N 3.18°W / 50.98; -3.18 (West Buckland) [8][9]
  West Hatch Civil parish 306 Taunton Rural District 50°59′N 3°01′W / 50.98°N 3.02°W / 50.98; -3.02 (West Hatch) [8][10]
  West Monkton Civil parish 2,787 Taunton Rural District 51°03′N 3°03′W / 51.05°N 3.05°W / 51.05; -3.05 (West Monkton) [8][10]
  Wiveliscombe Town 2,893 Wellington Rural District 51°02′N 3°19′W / 51.04°N 3.31°W / 51.04; -3.31 (Wiveliscombe) [8][9]

DemographyEdit

Population Profile[12]
UK Census 2001 Taunton Deane South West England England
Total population 102,299 4,928,434 49,138,831
Foreign born 4.1% 9.4% 9.2%
White 98.4% 97.7% 91%
Asian 0.4% 0.7% 4.6%
Black 0.2% 0.4% 2.3%
Christian 75.9% 74.0% 72%
Muslim 0.3% 0.5% 3.1%
Hindu 0.1% 0.2% 1.1%
No religion 15.7% 16.8% 15%
Over 75 years old 9.5% 9.3% 7.5%
Unemployed 2.4% 2.6% 3.3%

The town of Taunton (which for population estimates includes the unparished area - or former municipal borough - plus the neighbouring parishes of Bishop's Hull, Comeytrowe, Norton Fitzwarren, Staplegrove, Trull and West Monkton) had an estimated population of 61,400 in 2001.[13]

Taunton forms part of the larger borough of Taunton Deane which also includes the town of Wellington and surrounding villages. Taunton Deane had an estimated population of 102,600 in 2001.[14]

The figures below are for the Taunton Deane area.

Population since 1801 - Source: A Vision of Britain through Time
Year 1801 1851 1901 1911 1921 1931 1941 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001 2011
Population Taunton Deane[15] 33,139 51,844 53,759 55,666 56,161 56,661 62,745 69,492 75,320 81,639 84,795 95,791 102,304 110,546

EducationEdit

County schools (those which are not independent) in the five non-metropolitan districts of the county are operated by Somerset County Council, or are independent of the council and run as academies.

For a full list of schools see: List of schools in Somerset

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "About the Mayor". Taunton Deane Borough Council. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  2. ^ West Somerset Online
  3. ^ Your New Council
  4. ^ "Somerset councils merger approved despite criticism". BBC. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  5. ^ Simmons, Alice (19 March 2018). "Taunton Deane and West Somerset vote in favour of council merger". Somerset County Gazette. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  6. ^ Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (24 May 2018). "The Somerset West and Taunton (Local Government Changes) Order 2018". legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  7. ^ UK, Taunton Deane Borough council,. "Election results in May 2015". www1.tauntondeane.gov.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2016.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Wellington RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai "Taunton RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Wellington UD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  12. ^ United Kingdom Census 2001 (2001). "Key Figures for 2001 Census: Census Area Statistics: Area: Bath and North East Somerset". statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 12 December 2007.
  13. ^ "Mid Year Population Estimates for Towns" (PDF). Somerset County Council. Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  14. ^ "Population Summary" (PDF). Somerset County Council. Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  15. ^ "Taunton Deane: Total Population". A Vision of Britain Through Time. Great Britain Historical GIS Project. Retrieved 19 January 2008.

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