Council's 'yes' to city status bid
Fri 29 January 2010, 10:32 am
Reading wants what Brighton and Preston have already got – city status.
The council agreed on Tuesday night to go for it again, despite two previous unsuccessful bids.(Sourced from the Reading Post.)
But Liberal Democrats voted against the move and raised dissenting voices.
Leader of the Lib Dems Cllr Kirsten Bayes said: “I don’t see what’s in it for us.”
Her deputy Cllr Daisy Benson said: “What’s wrong with being a town? Is bigger necessarily better? These are key questions people are asking. This council should be about serving the people, not serving ourselves.”
She added: “I feel strongly that at times like this when many people in the town are struggling, the council must focus on its core business, supporting local people.”
But Labour and Tory voices united to back the bid emphasising it should not cost the council taxpayer anything.
Leader of the council Cllr Jo Lovelock said she had contacted several local businesses and received an enthusiastic response.
She said: “People can’t believe that we are not already a city.”
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