County council support for Cheltenham to become a city

An attempt is being made to get city status for Cheltenham as part of the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations.

Conservatives on Gloucestershire County Council said the town was already bigger than many cities.

"Cheltenham has the size, bags of heritage and unique culture," deputy leader Paul Mclain said.

The award of city status is honorific and confers no additional powers, functions or funding.

Honorific role

At the date of the 2001 census more than 112,000 people lived in the Gloucestershire town.

Each application will be looked at on merit and councils have six month to apply.

The applications will be looked at and a recomendation made to Her Majesty.

The last civic honours competition was held in 2002 to mark the golden jubilee when Preston, Stirling, Newport, Lisburn and Newry were awarded city status.

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