The public is invited to help shape local democracy in Somerset as the consultation is launched
A public consultation on the development of Local Community Networks (LCNs) has been launched in Somerset.
People are encouraged to provide feedback on CNL development plans across the county, to support decision-making at its most local level.
You will find the link to the consultation HERE.
Opinions are sought on a range of aspects, from LCN roles and responsibilities, delimitation options, to choosing an appropriate name.
The consultation is supported by County Council and four District Councils (Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset West and Taunton, and South Somerset) which will be replaced by a single Somerset Council on April 1, 2023.
Councilor Val Keitch, Principal Member of Somerset County Council for Local Government Reorganization, said: ‘The new unitary council will cover a wide geographical area so we are aware that we need a model for communities where local voices are heard, partners are brought together and decisions are made based on local knowledge and experience.
“LCNs will be committees of the Unitary Council, supported by dedicated officers and managers, with formal decision-making powers and influence. They will address local issues and priorities, support health and wellness activities, and improve outcomes for our residents.
“We want the public to help us shape them. That’s why we encourage people to participate in the consultation and have a say in how CNL works and where they think it should be located.
Cllr Keitch adds: “LCNs must have the potential to develop their role alongside the new Somerset Council in the years to come. And it is important to stress, in this difficult economic environment, that they must be efficient, durable and affordable.
The public consultation is now open and lasts six weeks until October 17, 2022. You will find the consultation HERE.
Consult our interactive map, to see where your parish is located in relation to the three delimitation proposals HERE.
There is a dedicated inbox for all LCN inquiries. Email us at [email protected]