Image of the Market House in the parade.

The New Council

The new Taunton Town Council covers the previously unparished area of Taunton (the only part of Somerset not to be parished as a result of local government reorganisation in 1974) and parts of neighbouring parishes which were considered under the Community Governance Review.

It takes in the unparished area of Taunton and the entirety of Comeytrowe Parish, the urban area within the Maidenbrook Ward of Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish, and the majority of Staplegrove Parish with the remaining part of that parish included in the boundary of Kingston St. Mary Parish.

Taunton Parish Council came into being on 1 April 2023 – the same day as the new unitary Somerset Council and is responsible for most of the Parks and Public Toilets in Taunton as well as a range of other matters such as events and allotments.

Once established, a parish council in an urban area may resolve to be called a town council. At its first meeting on 16th May 2023, Council resolved to be known as Taunton Town Council.