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Council McCouncilface: Our new authority's name?

The name was jokingly suggested as councillors talked about the unitary changes this week.

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jasmine Rapson at 11:41am 30th November 2018. 2-minute read.

Council McCouncilface: Our new authority's name?

Politicians discussed ideas for the name of the county’s new ‘super council’ during a meeting this week – with Council Mc Councilface among the less serious suggestions.

District councils arranged “extraordinary meetings” this week to discuss the next steps towards launching a single-unitary authority in Bucks.

Last night (November 27) Chiltern district councillors considered naming the new authority “Bucks Council” amid fears Buckinghamshire Council would suggest it also covers Milton Keynes.

Leader of CDC, Isobel Darby, jokingly suggested Council McCouncilface – referring to a polar research ship which was named “RRS Boaty McBoatface” following a public vote.

Cllr Darby said:

“The name – that’s a big debate. Council McCouncilface?

“Or perhaps more sensibly Buckinghamshire or Bucks Council. Those seem to be the names that are coming up via the leaders at the moment.

“There is an argument that Buckinghamshire includes Milton Keynes, and therefore it should be Bucks Council.”

However councillor for Penn and Coleshill, Julie Burton, said abbreviating Buckinghamshire to Bucks would be a “sad day” for the county.

She said:

“After being around for about 1,000 years I would hate to see the name Buckinghamshire disappear.

“It will be the senior council running our whole shire, and I think it would be a really sad day to call it Bucks.”

Councillor for Holmer Green, Mike Smith, added:

“My small contribution to this is as long as it doesn’t contain county, I don’t particularly care.”

CDC will work with the other district councils, as well as Bucks County Council, to decide on a name for the new authority.

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