Bournemouth loses bid for city status

BOURNEMOUTH has lost its bid to become a city.

The resort was one of 26 towns competing for city status in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year.

In a You-Gov survey, Bournemouth was the joint most popular choice for city status among the public. Both Bournemouth and reading scored 12 per cent of public support.

But Chelmsford, Perth and St Asaph are the three towns that have been awarded the honour. More follows

Tony Williams, Bournemouth council's chief executive, insisted that putting together the bid had still been a “positive experience” for the borough as it had strengthened partnership working in the town.

He said in a statement: “The town's bid to become Garden City by the Sea received a huge amount of support from industry and commerce, local organisations and community groups across the borough and it is disheartening to see the accolade go elsewhere.

“Bournemouth maintains its national and international reputation as a first class destination, and the town has huge aspirations for its future. Bournemouth has always punched above its weight and this ambition will continue.

“We congratulate Chelmsford, Perth and St Asaph on their success and wish them well in the future.”

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10:18am Wed 14 Mar 12

rudolph_hucker says...

The fools in power have enough trouble managing a town, don't let them loose on a city, please.
The fools in power have enough trouble managing a town, don't let them loose on a city, please. rudolph_hucker

10:23am Wed 14 Mar 12

Old Colonial says...

Thank goodness for that! No extra excuse for publishing pictures of smug, grinning councillors.
Thank goodness for that! No extra excuse for publishing pictures of smug, grinning councillors. Old Colonial

10:27am Wed 14 Mar 12

Duckorange says...

Her Majesty has always had a downer on Bournemouth, ever since she was served a poor breakfast during a B&B stay during the 60s. She now spends her spare time writing middling-to-bad reviews for local hotels on TripAdvisor.
Her Majesty has always had a downer on Bournemouth, ever since she was served a poor breakfast during a B&B stay during the 60s. She now spends her spare time writing middling-to-bad reviews for local hotels on TripAdvisor. Duckorange

10:42am Wed 14 Mar 12

Lord Spring says...

That will save 20 years watching a cathedral being built.

Also it would not sound as good a Bristol City
That will save 20 years watching a cathedral being built. Also it would not sound as good a Bristol City Lord Spring

10:56am Wed 14 Mar 12

The Liberal says...

Parts of Bournemouth look like the inner city, so the title might have been apt.
Parts of Bournemouth look like the inner city, so the title might have been apt. The Liberal

11:05am Wed 14 Mar 12

Phixer says...

Quelle Surprise!
Quelle Surprise! Phixer

12:52pm Wed 14 Mar 12

mnbvcx says...

I would like to write you one of my poems,'
thinks i will let some one else have a go,
as I dont know a word that rhymes with City
I would like to write you one of my poems,' thinks i will let some one else have a go, as I dont know a word that rhymes with City mnbvcx

1:26pm Wed 14 Mar 12

TFan says...

Well Chelmsford has been bidding for city status for well over 20 years and they do have a cathedral.
Well Chelmsford has been bidding for city status for well over 20 years and they do have a cathedral. TFan

2:15pm Wed 14 Mar 12

Lewcee says...

Oooh, the shame...losing out to..Essex.
Perhaps it was because Bournemouth does not have a Racecourse,...or any interest in horses at all.
Just joking!
Oooh, the shame...losing out to..Essex. Perhaps it was because Bournemouth does not have a Racecourse,...or any interest in horses at all. Just joking! Lewcee

3:36pm Wed 14 Mar 12

s-pb2 says...

Cant say im unhappy about the decision. I failed to see what real benefits this would ultimately bring to the area.
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I always thought Chelmsford was already a city as their football team is Chelmsford City
Cant say im unhappy about the decision. I failed to see what real benefits this would ultimately bring to the area. . I always thought Chelmsford was already a city as their football team is Chelmsford City s-pb2

4:46pm Wed 14 Mar 12

Lord Spring says...

Of interest how much has this futile submission cost us.
Of interest how much has this futile submission cost us. Lord Spring

4:48pm Wed 14 Mar 12

EGHH says...

I hear St Asaph has nearly 3,500 citizens, this must be a thriving metropolis! It seems it has a cathedral, which swung the decision in it is favour. The town council has been calling itself the City of St Asaph Town Council for a number of years. Maybe that's what Bournemouth Council should do!
I hear St Asaph has nearly 3,500 citizens, this must be a thriving metropolis! It seems it has a cathedral, which swung the decision in it is favour. The town council has been calling itself the City of St Asaph Town Council for a number of years. Maybe that's what Bournemouth Council should do! EGHH

6:47pm Wed 14 Mar 12

CoogarUK.com says...

Bit of a shame really, even though I am from Dorchester myself I felt Bournemouth was much more worthy.
Bit of a shame really, even though I am from Dorchester myself I felt Bournemouth was much more worthy. CoogarUK.com

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