OUR local district council, working with the other three Somerset district councils, has commissioned an “advisory poll” on proposals for changes to local government in Somerset.

Apparently, this exercise will cost several hundred thousand pounds in taxpayers’ money, but the council will no doubt justify this by arguing that it is important that the views of local residents should be considered before any change happens.

Perhaps our council leaders, then, can explain to local residents why they did not carry out any public consultation, let alone a local referendum, before they asked central government to approve the recent merger of West Somerset and Taunton Deane Councils?