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District votes to change name

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Members on Shepway DC have voted to change the council’s name as part of plans to give it a “stronger geographical identity”.

The name change to Folkestone & Hythe DC was passed at an extraordinary meeting of the council with 18 councillors in support, three against and five abstentions.

The name change will take effect from the beginning of April and reflects the name of the district’s two main towns. A report which went before councillors said £10,000 has been set aside to cover the cost of rebranding, including vehicles, signage, and uniforms.

Shepway DC was formed in April 1974. 

Section 74 of the Local Government Act 1972 enables councils to change names by resolution at a specially convened meeting, whereby two-thirds of councillors present must vote in favour.

A council press release said the housing and communities secretary would be informed of the change.

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