Welcome to Wincanton Town Council
Wincanton is located in South Somerset and falls under the jurisdiction of Somerset Council. The Town Council is based at the Town Hall in the town centre and comprises of 15 Councillors and a team of officers led by the Town Clerk who undertake the work of the Town Council.
Parish and Town Councils are the grass-roots of local Government. They are local authorities and although they have a limited number of statutory duties, they have wide powers, should they decide to use them and they may, with agreement of the county council, exercise certain functions normally carried out by those councils. By becoming involved the local community can directly affect how these powers are implemented.
The Town Council is always keen to receive input from parishioners. We encourage the people of Wincanton to attend council meetings as observers. A discretionary public forum is held at the beginning of every meeting so that you can put forward your views. However, the Town Council has to operate under strict legal guidelines, which govern whether it has the powers to make decisions on issues raised. Lawful items for discussion and decision have to be listed on the Parish Council’s or Committees’ agendas.
Wincanton is situated in southeast Somerset and borders Dorset and Wiltshire. This part of Somerset is a countryside of diversified and unspoilt scenery which ranges from the lush pastures of the Blackmore Vale, through orchards and richly wooded combes to the hills with panoramic views over Somerset and adjacent counties.
Wincanton lies 15 miles north east of Yeovil, 12 miles north west of Shaftesbury, 17 miles south west of Warminster and 34 miles east of the county town of Taunton. London is 111 miles by road.
Situated on the main A303 London to Penzance trunk road, Wincanton enjoys excellent road links and is in an enviable position for exploring this attractive corner of rural England. For the active, the countryside around Wincanton is perfect for exploring on foot, bicylce or horseback. Within easy reach of Wincanton are numerous places of interest easily and quickly accessible including an Iron Age hill fort at South Cadbury – reputedly King Arthur’s Camelot, Haynes International Motor Museum at Sparkford, The Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton and Longleat at Warminster. Classic gardens within easy reach include the National Trust owned properties Stourhead House and Gardens and Montacute House. Historic Bath and Salisbury are an hour’s journey away. Sherborne and Glastonbury are half an hour away.