Surrey

Staines-upon-Thames rename decision to be made

River Thames at Staines
Image caption If approved, the name change will come into effect at a ceremony, provisionally scheduled for 20 May

A final decision over whether to change Staines's name to Staines-upon-Thames is due to be made later.

All Spelthorne borough councillors will have the opportunity to vote on the name change at the meeting.

The cabinet backed the change in November following a month-long consultation with local residents and businesses.

If approved, the name change will come into effect at a ceremony, provisionally scheduled for 20 May.

According to the council, 664 people took part in a consultation, with 234 responses against the change.

Staines Town FC has been among those campaigning against the name change.

Angie Payne, from the club, said: "There is nothing wrong with Staines."

The council's cabinet said it hoped promoting the Surrey town's riverside location would help boost its economy.

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