SINCE my last column, we have seen a number of key events take place in our county town.

I would like to thank everyone (often volunteers) who worked tirelessly over many weeks and months to make them a success.

In another first for the town council, we led on Remembrance weekend commemorations and I’m sure you will agree with me that they were fitting of the occasion.

We demonstrated our appreciation for all those who have served and are serving in our armed forces, a commitment we formalised by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

Last weekend saw the start of the Christmas celebrations in Taunton with the Christmas light switch-on and Winterfest.

As a town council we are delighted to be able to provide the lights from now on.

I would like to thank Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm for their kind donation of this year’s amazing tree.

The Lighting Company are also kindly housing the projector that is displayed above Lloyds Bank, generously funding the electricity cost for its running.

I can’t wait to get out in the town centre this Christmas to enjoy and support our many independent shops, cafés, and restaurants, which are a true asset to our community.

It is at this time of year that we also start to look forwards and begin our planning for the next financial year.

In an uncertain economic time, we need to be bold, innovative, and open-minded.

We are currently reviewing the budget required to shape Taunton’s future and I will soon have more information on that.

The brilliant thing with our town council is that we know any money we receive will stay in Taunton, to improve our town – that is our sole priority.

We always want to hear ideas about how our town can be improved, find our contact details are on our website

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