Medway towns bid for city status
November 23, 2010 by Lyndon
Towns in the Medway area are going into marketing overdrive with brochure and poster printing as they make bids to become cities. Areas such as Strood, Gillingham, Chatham and Rochester are united in their bid for 2012 city status which councillors have commented is “vital for growth” in the area. In these tough economic times, council leaders have said that the area cannot bank on there being an abundance of public money available to fund the growth and development of these towns. The government will be running a competition in 2012 as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations that year which will be to name an area as a brand new city.
Councillor, Rodney Chambers, the Conservative leader of Medway Council described this competition as the area’s “golden opportunity” to try to bring in a cash injection to the area that will enable ongoing regeneration of the region.
This is not the first time that the area has made bids to be awarded city status. Back in 2000 and 2002, the region bid for the status but lost out to other areas such as Brighton and Hove. In 2012, the region is likely to face competition from areas such as Milton Keynes and Reading.
The Medway council have recently approved the bid for the city status of their towns and no doubt, over the coming months, will make good use of print companies in Strood and surrounding areas to produce marketing materials to drive their bid forward to a hopefully successful conclusion this time.