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Somerset

Citizens Somerset

Who are we?

We are Citizens Somerset, a Citizens UK Chapter.

Our alliance is formed of nine members from schools, churches and community groups. Together, we organise and tackle injustices in our local communities.

During our development phase we helped persuade the local council to resettle Syrian refugees in Taunton for the first time.

Since our founding in 2019, we have:

  • Campaigned on ‘Fair Fares’ for young people on buses.
  • Hosted our first online assembly with over 100 Leaders.
  • Secured a commitment from Somerset West and Taunton Council to accredit as a Living Wage employer.
  • And are working with Somerset County Council to improve pay and conditions for care workers.

What are we fighting for?

The priority issues voted on by members in our community include:


CITIZENS SOMERSET SAFE CYCLING PLEDGE

We're asking council candidates to sign our pledge ahead of upcoming Unitary Authority elections.

Our ask to candidates is to:

  • promote cycling as a means of sustainable transport across the county;
  • support substantial investment in Somerset’s cycling infrastructure so that our county becomes a leader in sustainable transport as well as tackling climate change;
  • prioritise the Wellington to Taunton cycle route along the A38 as a first step, aiming to start construction by 2025.

Please see below a list of candidates who have signed the pledge, along with information on their Political Party and Council Ward.

COUNCIL WARD | NAME | POLITICAL PARTY

Bishop’s Hull and Taunton West

John Creighton - Green

Alan Debenham - Green

Shirley Merrell - Green

Jules Salvati - None

Blackdown and Neroche

Blackmoor Vale

Brent

Bridgwater East and Bawdrip

Bridgwater North and Central

Bridgwater South

Bridgwater West

Brympton

Burnham North

Cannington

Castle Cary

Chard North

Chard South

Cheddar

Coker

Comeytrowe and Trull

Crewkerne

Curry Rivel and Langport

Dulverton and Exmoor

Dunster

Frome East

Frome North

Frome West

Glastonbury

Highbridge and Burnham South

Huntspill

Ilminster

King Alfred

Lydeard

Mike Rigby - Liberal Democrat

Martock

Mendip Central and East Mendip Hills

Mendip South

Mendip West

Minehead

Monkton and North Curry

Andrew Pritchard - Green

North Petherton

Bill Revans - Liberal Democrat

Rowbarton and Staplegrove
Dixie Darch - Liberal Democrat

Somerton

South Petherton and Islemoor

Shepton Mallet

Street

Taunton East

Taunton North

Taunton South

Upper Tone

Dave Mansell - Green

Watchet and Stogursey

Wellington

Elizabeth Aveline - Green

Mags Baker - None

Marcus Barr - Conservative

Amanda Bazley - Conservative

Sarah Drury - None

Julie Gill - Liberal Democrat

Helen Gillingham - Liberal Democrat

Andrew Govier - Labour

Hayley Kerslake - Conservative

Ben Mansfield - N/A

Alan Mark - Labour

Wells

Wincanton and Bruton

Yeovil Central

Yeovil East

Yeovil South

Members


  • Diocese of Bath & Wells
  • King's Schools Taunton
  • YMCA Taunton
  • Queen's College
  • Taunton Deane & South Sedgemoor Methodist Circuit
  • Taunton Mavericks
  • Taunton United Reformed Church
  • Wellington School
  • West Somerset Quakers

Co-chairs


  • Fran Hicks
  • John Haines

WANT TO JOIN OUR CHAPTER?

We’re always looking for new members! Get in touch with one of our local Community Organisers using the form below.

Find out more about the benefits of becoming a Citizens UK member.

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