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Plans for so-called Kent 'super council' put on hold

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Plans for a so-called 'super council' in East Kent have been put on hold.

Shepway District Council voted against going forward to the next stage of public consultation at a council meeting this evening.

The shake up would have meant merging Thanet, Canterbury, Dover and Shepway councils to cut costs.

The plans could only move forward if all four councils agreed.

One hundred jobs could be lost if the proposals were to go ahead.

They will now have to consider alternative options.

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