Change of name for council
From April 1st, 2018, Shepway District Council is changing its name to Folkestone & Hythe District Council.
The name change was proposed by the Leader of the Council, Cllr David Monk, and was supported by the required majority of at least two thirds of councillors at an extraordinary meeting of the council in January. The new name identifies the two main towns where nearly two thirds of the population lives and mirrors that of the parliamentary constituency.
“I regularly meet people who, after 40 years, still have no idea where Shepway is and for many years businesses have been complaining about the relevancy of our name. We need a stronger geographical identity to support the district’s regeneration and reflect Folkestone’s growing international reputation – which benefits the whole district”, said Leader of the Council, Cllr David Monk.
If you pay your Council Tax or any service by Direct Debit, do not worry about making any changes as this has been taken care of with the bank.
Minor changes have been made to the ‘horse’ logo and it will remain entirely recognizable. However, you may still see the old name on signs, vehicle livery or letterheads because changes are being made only on an ‘as and when’ basis – when they need replacing or run out.
The District Council’s new web address is www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk and emails to departments to people within the council will end with @folkestone-hythe.gov.uk. Email and domain forwarding will be in place for six months so do not worry about your message falling through the net if you do use an old address.