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Councillors asked to consider renaming Babergh District Council

Babergh District councillors are being asked to consider renaming the council at a special meeting next month in order to eliminate confusion and ensure the district remains on the map.

At a special meeting on Tuesday, October 22, councillors will debate whether to change the name of the district council from Babergh District Council to South Suffolk Council – making the council geographically consistent with neighbouring authorities in Suffolk.

Cllr John Ward, leader of Babergh District Council, said: “Babergh has a proud history, but we know that people from further afield are often unaware of exactly where Babergh is and even struggle over its pronunciation. By renaming to South Suffolk we can be clear about who we are, where we are and what we represent – as well as clearly identifying the council, it will also align with the name of our parliamentary constituency, cutting down on any confusion.”

Cllr John Ward.
Cllr John Ward.

Babergh District Council has been in existence since 1974.

To change the name, under the Local Government Act 1972 the council must pass a resolution at a specially convened meeting, supported by a majority of at least two-thirds of those present.

Notice of the name change must then be sent to the Secretary of State, the Director General, the Ordnance Survey and the Registrar General.

By agreeing any change of name now, the council can ensure there is enough time for the new name to go through the legal process in time to appear on Council Tax bills for 2020/21.

If a change of name is agreed, the council has said implementation costs will be kept to an absolute minimum, tying in with work already taking place examining how existing logos for both Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are used and involving councillors from all parties.

The meeting will be open to the public and live-streamed for anyone preferring to watch online, with council papers available in advance via www.babergh.gov.uk/

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