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Letter: What Would Be the Real Benefits of City Status?

Published on: 29 Oct, 2021
Updated on: 29 Oct, 2021

From Anthony Mallard

In response to: Guildford Launches Its Third Attempt For City Status

I have to admit that the further bid for city status appears to continue a long-held ambition for our town. Many people believe that with a cathedral and a university it should receive this perceived accolade.

But is it a rather a vanity project, are there real benefits? I don’t know and I believe that, setting aside the superficial thoughts that it would be a good idea, there are few facts that are in the public domain to enable a balanced decision on costs and benefits to be made. Could the money be better spent?

This is an ideal opportunity for the borough to set out its stall and consult/inform the community. After all, it is the local community that will pay for any associated costs.

We need to be shown that it is not just a good idea and that it has real merit.

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Responses to Letter: What Would Be the Real Benefits of City Status?

  1. Mike Forster Reply

    October 29, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Excellent idea to indicate the benefits and associated costings along with consultation of local residents who are going to have to foot the bill.

  2. Peter Johnson Reply

    October 31, 2021 at 11:21 am

    Achieving city status will just be a loss of taxpayers money for which there is no known tangible return.

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