Folkestone & Hythe District Council

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Folkestone & Hythe District Council
Founded1 April 2019
Seats30 councillors
FHDC composition
First past the post

Folkestone & Hythe District Council is the local authority for the Folkestone & Hythe district in Kent, which was known as Shepway until 2018.


The District Council consists of 30 councillors representing 13 wards.:[1]

  • Folkestone: six wards (Broadmead; Cheriton; East Folkestone; Folkestone Central; Folkestone Harbour; Sandgate and West Folkestone)
  • Hythe
  • Hythe Rural
  • New Romney
  • North Downs East (including Elham and Hawkinge)
  • North Downs West (including Stelling Minnis, Lyminge and Sellindge)
  • Romney Marsh
  • Walland and Denge Marsh

Council Composition[edit]

Following the May 2015 elections, the composition of Folkestone & Hythe District Council is 22 Conservatives, 7 UKIP and 1 Labour. In October 2016 the 1 Labour councillor defected to the Conservative party, this saw the composition of Folkestone & Hythe District Council as: 23 Conservatives and 7 UKIP.

Following the 2019 Local Elections, the Conservatives lost their majority on the council but remained the largest party. The Conservative Party won 13 seats, The Green Party and Labour both won 6, UKIP and the Liberal Democrats won 2 and an Independent won 1 seat.

Relationship with Lydd Airport[edit]

In 2011, Lydd Airport's owners, seeking to expand the airport, gave gifts to councillors that the councillors did not declare.[2]


  1. ^ Elections 2007 to Folkestone & Hythe wards
  2. ^ "Lifting the Lydd". Private Eye (1300). November 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011.