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Conservatives Welcome Reading’s City “Favourite” Status

Reading Borough Conservatives have welcomed the news that the town is the Ladbrokes betting favourite to win City Status in this year’s Diamond Jubilee announcement. The application for City Status was taken forward at no cost to the Council Tax-payer by the Conservative / Lib Dem Coalition with support from Labour. Only the Green party refused to support the initiative.

Conservative Group Leader Cllr Tim Harris said, “It is very encouraging news that punters see Reading’s case as so strong. I very much hope that the deciding committee agree with them and recommend our Borough to Her Majesty for City Status. Reading is a city in all but name and with the major investment in Reading Station, Station Hill and in South Reading, we are an economic force to be reckoned with. City Status would be a welcome further boost for investment and jobs here.”

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February 7, 2012 - Posted by | Local

3 Comments »

  1. I sincerely hope we get City Status this year and have always been annoyed that other locations such as Preston of ALL places have pipped us at the post. My only worry is that 10 years ago the then Council thought we were so sure that there were even road signs and bus destination boards with “City Centre” but this had jumped the gun.

    Let us wait till we have it in writing before we celebrate and remeber the old saying “The cardinal who enters the Conclave already the Pope comes out still a cardinal”

    Comment by Steve Foley | February 7, 2012 | Reply

  2. Lovely to see Tim Harris pleased about “punters”. That’s the whole Tory ideology in a nutshell!

    Comment by Jonny | February 7, 2012 | Reply

  3. Reading will not win as the Oracle shopping centre has kyboshed it by having “Reading City Centre” on it’ s signs already. My money (£100 each) is on Perth and Bournemouth, I’m looking forward to picking up my winnings in June. BTW… I live in RG2.

    Comment by Reading will not win | February 22, 2012 | Reply


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