Which Council Does What?

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Which Council Does What?

Unless you know your way around local government, it can be quite confusing to work out who does what.

 

So, if you are unsure and you need some guidance, please don’t hesitate to call us and we will help to point you in the right direction.

 

There are three levels of local councils delivering services in Wellington. At grassroots level there is the Town Council, which works almost entirely within the parish boundaries of Wellington. Above them is the District Council, which also operates across all of Taunton Deane and the West Somerset area.

 

On top of both is the County Council, which also delivers services throughout the whole of Somerset. All three councils work closely together and often share the delivery of services. Each council individually raises a precept on council taxpayers to provide funds for the services it delivers. Adding together the three precepts, plus precepts by Avon and Somerset Police and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service gives the total of the council tax residents pay each year.

 

Below are bullet point lists of some of the services for which each council is responsible. They are not exhaustive.

Town Council

• Allotments

• Public seating

• Bus shelters

• Determining minor planning applications (such as extensions to a home)

• Recommending decisions and/or conditions for larger planning applications

• Play areas and play equipment

• Grants to help local organisations

• Neighbourhood planning

• Clearing litter

• Public footpaths maintenance

• Provision of litter bins

• Provision of dog litter bins

• Grass cutting

• Weed spraying

• Public toilets

• Pop Up Shop for budding businesses and charities

• Hiring out the town centre promotional space

• Christmas lights and their annual switch-on

• Emergency planning

• A community warden

District Council

• Household refuse collection and recycling (currently delegated to the Somerset Waste Partnership)

• Car parks

• Council Tax and Business Rates collection

• Housing services

• Determining planning applications

• Setting planning policies

• Parks and open spaces

• Community centres

• Fly tipping

• Provision of litter bins

• Provision of dog litter bins

• Grass cutting

• Weed spraying

  Public toilets

• Cemeteries

• Licensing of pubs/clubs and public festivals

• Street trading licences

• Housing and Council Tax Benefits

• Holding elections

• Environmental Health

• Street cleaning

• Leisure services

County Council

• Schools and Education

• Roads and Transport

• Street lighting (most, but not all)

• Some planning decisions (eg, major quarrying applications)

• Fire & Rescue services

• Public safety

  Youth services

• Children’s social care

• Adult social care

• Public libraries

• Public footpaths

• Waste disposal and management (currently delegated to the Somerset Waste Partnership)

• Trading Standards (currently jointly provided with Devon County Council)

• Registration of births, marriages, and deaths

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Wellington is a small market town in rural Somerset, England, situated near Taunton in the Taunton Deane district, close to the border of Devon and the Blackdown Hills.