Voters choose Stronger Somerset

Released On 7th Jun 2021

Voters choose Stronger Somerset

The voters of Somerset have spoken and shown their support for Stronger Somerset – the plan for two councils, an Eastern Somerset and a Western Somerset council, to replace Somerset’s existing five county and district councils.

The result of the local poll, which closed on Friday 4 June, was delivered today by Civica Electoral Services, who independently ran and verified the ballot.

The result, as announced publicly by the District Council Leaders, was:

Total votes cast 111,589
Invalid votes 481
Total votes counted 111,108
Stronger Somerset 72,561 (65.3%)
One Somerset 38,547 (34.7%)
Total eligible voters 436,607
Turnout 25.6%

 

In a joint statement the Leaders of the four District Councils of Somerset said:

“This is a crystal clear message to the Secretary of State from the people of Somerset. The option for change they prefer is the Stronger Somerset plan for two unitary councils.

“There are potentially significant changes ahead for local government in Somerset that will affect residents’ services and their quality of life for decades to come. We believed it was important that the residents of Somerset were given a proper say in their future in a simple and democratic way.

“We put our faith in the voters of Somerset to make up their own minds by organising a local poll, independently run and verified, while others took every opportunity to discredit the poll and to stifle debate.

“The government claims they had thousands of responses to their consultation, but they cannot say for sure how many came from Somerset residents. More than 111,000 residents have now had their say in this poll – that’s a huge number and cannot be ignored.

“We thank everyone who has voted in this poll. Their voices must now be taken account of in the decision-making process.

“People have considered the merits of the options before them, they have made their choice – people prefer their local government more local. So, let’s have the decision from the Secretary of State and let’s move forward together to a Stronger Somerset.”

The official results for each district have been published on the councils' websites:

Mendip District Council

Sedgemoor District Council

South Somerset District Council

Somerset West & Taunton District Council

Reaction to Local Government Secretary's decision

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Thank you to everyone who supported us.

 

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