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Leader proposes council name change

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A district leader is proposing to change the name of his council.

An extraordinary meeting of Shepway DC has been called for next Wednesday to discuss changing the local authority’s name to Folkestone & Hythe District Council.

Leader David Monk (Con) said: “I regularly meet people who, after 40 years, still don’t know where Shepway is, although some think we are a housing estate in Maidstone or on the Isle of Sheppey.

“We need a stronger geographical identity to support our regeneration, particularly in attracting new businesses to the district.

“This proposal reflects the name of the parliamentary constituency and the two main settlements of the area where nearly two thirds of the population live.”

The council can, under section 74 of the Local Government Act 1972, change its name as long as a resolution is passed at a specially convened meeting. The resolution must be passed by a majority of at least two-thirds of the councillors who are present.

If the resolution is passed the name change will be likely to take effect at the beginning of April this year.

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