Surrey

Staines name-change proposals go out to public consultation

River Thames at Staines
Image caption The name change would support the marketing of the town as a pleasant riverside environment

People living in Staines are being given a chance to have their say on whether it should be renamed Staines-upon-Thames.

Spelthorne Borough Council said it hoped changing the name of the Surrey town would help promote it and end negative perceptions connected to it.

The authority's cabinet voted to hold a consultation over the proposals.

It will run from 1 to 31 October with a final decision being taken at a council meeting on 15 December.

The council said the proposal had come from its economic development theme group, which believed current negative perceptions of Staines were limiting investment and economic growth.

'Ghost town'

A statement said: "A change of name would support the marketing of the town as a green and pleasant riverside environment."

The council also said it was recognised that a change of name alone was not sufficient to achieve these objectives but was required as a first step.

In June, rock band Hard-Fi upset their home town of Staines after describing it as "like a ghost town".

Years earlier, comedian Sacha Baron Cohen used Staines, which is in Spelthorne, as the home of spoof rapper Ali G.

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