Council services

We live in an area with council services split across two principal tiers: Taunton Deane Borough Council and Somerset County Council. Somerset Waste Partnership manages recycling and waste services for both authorities. In addition, there are town and parish councils, who represent their communities and can provide supplementary local services, and other community organisations also providing some important services.

Somerset West and Taunton CouncilSWT small logo

Main services and responsibilities:

  • Recycling and waste collections (contact if missed and for bins).
  • Litter and street cleansing.
  • Noise, smoke and other nuisances.
  • Planning, including applications, enforcement and plans.
  • Housing, including sheltered and council housing.
  • Deane helpline – home emergency alarm service.
  • Council Tax and Business Rates
  • Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support.
  • Car Parks, including charges and permits.
  • Cemeteries and crematorium.
  • Leisure, parks and open spaces.
  • Business advice and support.
  • Environmental health and food safety.
  • Sandbags for property at imminent risk of flooding.
  • Elections and voting.

See website for information, contact details and online ordering.

The District Councillors for our ward (Wiveliscombe and District) are: Cllr Mark Blaker and Cllr Dave Mansell.

SCC Logo Strapless MediumSomerset County Council

Main services and responsibilities:

  • Roads and transport, includes on-street parking and rights of way.
  • Adult social care, including for people with care and support needs.
  • Children’s services, including safeguarding, getset, children’s centres and adoption.
  • Education, including adult learning and school transport.
  • Libraries, heritage and museums.
  • Births, marriages and deaths registration.
  • Recycling Centres and waste disposal.
  • Health and wellbeing, including mental health, smoking and sexual health.
  • Emergencies and flooding.
  • Trading standards, consumer testing and scientific services.
  • Animal welfare, including dead animals on highway that may be a hazard.
  • Somerset intelligence, including statistics and reports on Somerset.

See website for information and contact details.

The two County Councillors for our area are: Cllr James Hunt (Upper Tone division which includes parishes of Ashbrittle, Bathealton, Chipstable, Fitzhead, Stawley and Wiveliscombe town) and Cllr Frances Nicholson (Dulverton and Exmoor division which includes parishes of Brompton Ralph, Clatworthy, Huish Champflower, Skilgate and Upton).

SWP_logo_colourSomerset Waste Partnership

  • Recycling and waste collections from your home.
  • Recycling Centres (nearest at Taunton and Wellington).
  • Guidance on reduction and reuse, hazardous waste and business waste.

See website for information or contact Councils for enquiries and service requests.

Parish and Town Councils

Provide supplementary communityWivey & District map 3B
services and represent their areas.

Ashbrittle Parish Council
Bathealton Parish Council
Brompton Ralph Parish Council
Chipstable Parish Council
Clatworthy Parish Council
Fitzhead Parish Council
Huish Champflower Parish Council
Skilgate Parish Council
Stawley Parish Council
Upton Parish Council
Wiveliscombe Town Council

Other Links for Local Services

Affordable and Social Housing
Citizens Advice Taunton
Connecting Devon and Somerset (rural broadband)
Handihelp Service (small repairs and jobs around your home)
Travel Somerset (information for travelling by car, rail, air, bus, walking and cycling)
Village Agent (easier access to information and services)
Wiveliscombe Area Partnership and Wivey Link (community transport)
Wiveliscombe Area Website (local events, services, businesses, clubs and societies, parish and town councils)