A new single council for East Kent?

Shepway Council website information

Councillors from all five authorities agreed in July 2016  to explore the advantages and disadvantages of a merger and to examine how a new single council could operate.  The purpose of a potential merger was set out in a ‘Statement of Intent’ agreed by all the councils.

As a result, work has been progressing on a ‘Business Case’ which the councils commissioned the Local Government Association and Local Partnerships to prepare.  Work on the Business Case is now complete.

On the basis of the findings from a five way Business Case:

  • Ashford Borough Council has announced it no longer intends to be involved in the creation of a single council, but remains strongly committed to working closely with any future new council.
  • The councils of Canterbury, Dover, Shepway and Thanet are to consider a four-way Business Case.

If this is approved, it would see the abolition of the existing local government district areas and the creation of a new single East Kent council, which would be the largest of its kind in the country.

Visit the Shepway Council website for full details https://www.shepway.gov.uk/ekcouncils