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Medway bids for city status in 2012

Fri 26 March 2010, 9:15 am

Leading architects, designers, regeneration chiefs and local residents are all behind Medway’s new bid to secure city status.
More than 200 people showed their support at the Making of Medway launch event, held at the St George’s Centre, Chatham Maritime.
The towns have made two previously unsuccessful bids for city status, but confidence is high that now is Medway's time to shine. Talking ahead of the announcement of next month's general election the leader of Medway Council, councillor Rodney Chambers, said: "We believe that we have the strongest possible case."

"Medway has all the key city credentials and a lot more besides: a population of 255,000, four universities, a famous cathedral, superb transport and trade links, a world-famous historic dockyard, a £6 billion programme of regeneration and a great river setting. We are a city in all but name."

Medway design champion Sir Terry Farrell spoke at the event, lending his support to the bid by emphasising Medway's "vast potential and unique appeal".

The conference also saw the launch of "20 Spaces, 5 Towns, 1 City", a brochure showing how investment in Medway's public open space will be central to the area's regeneration programme. It sets out the 20 areas of Medway that will benefit most.

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