Local Authority News
The law regarding stray dogs changed on 6th April 2008. From that date Taunton Deane Borough Council became responsibe for stray dogs at all times. The Police no longer have a responsibility for the collection and care of stray dogs at any time. If you need to report a stray dog you should:
Telephone 01823 356339 between the hours of 8.30 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday. If a stray is notified to the Council during these times, a Dog Warden will attend and will collect the dog and remove it to kennels. If the animal is roaming free, the Warden will make every effort to capture it.
At all other times, the service is limited to CONFINED STRAYS only. This means dogs that have been caught and are being held by a member of the public. The Dog Warden will collect confined dogs and remove them to kennels between 8.30 am and 5 pm every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday.
To report a confined stray:
At any time outside the Council's normal buisness hours, you can telephone 01823 356356 and arrangements will be made for the dog to be collected from you between the hours mentioned above. Please remember that the dog must be confined at an address within Taunton Deane.
Somerset Highways have carried out some internal re-organisation in order to improve communication between the public, the authority and all other agencies. The main change that has taken place within the Area Offices is the creation of a Highway Superintendent post. The Highway Superintendent will be responsible for routine and reactive maintenance matters, e.g. potholes, blocked drains, verge cutting. To report such matters and request work to be carried out you can do so by:
Telephone: Somerset Highways at Somerset Direct on 0845 345 9155
Fax: (01823) 324563
Letter: Somerset Highways, Taunton Deane Area, Burton Place, Taunton TA1 4HE.