Stockport approves city status bid

Stockport Council's executive formally approved the borough's bid for city status in 2012 on Monday night.

Stockport has the opportunity to become Britain's newest city next year to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Cllr Dave Goddard, leader of Stockport Council, said: "I believe the bid will boost Stockport because it will put us on a stronger footing to win investment, and help to improve life for all our communities. Stockport meets all the criteria laid out in the competition guidelines and we deserve to be regarded as one of the outstanding locations in the UK. Winning city status will help us on that journey.

"A range of private sector businesses, cultural experts and MPs believe it would be a good thing for the town to help improve its profile, to attract more

inward investment, to help increase local business and to provide jobs for future generations of Stopfordians."

The council said the local authority's officers will work with private and public sector partner organisations including Stockport Chamber of Commerce and Stockport College and community groups to submit the strongest possible bid at minimal expense by the deadline of 27 May.

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Stockport will remain a second class town. They should forget about being a city and actually work on becoming a decent town that people want to live in. Turning the investment argument on its head, as a city Stockport will fall even further behind Manchester, Salford and other great regional cities such as Chester and Sheffield, subsequently missing out on city funding and also funding for towns. The Council should prescribe themselves a serious dose of realism and actually work up a credible identity – "home town not clone town". I hope for the good people of Stockport that they dont get City status.


What has having city status ever done for Preston, other than to make it a laughing stock?

By UnaPlanner

What a waste of time.

By Edmund Shaa