I’ve submitted a motion to the next meeting of Colchester Council to discuss whether we should bid for city status. Here it is:

Motion that:-

(a) Council notes that the Government is requesting bids for city status to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. City status merely confers upon a place the right to call itself a city, and does not carry with it any implications as to size and future growth of the area.

(b) Council believes:-

(i) That as well as being Britain’s oldest recorded town – Camulodunum – Colchester is also Britain’s first city, and as Colonia Victricensis was the first capital of Britain.
(ii) That Colchester remains a vibrant and dynamic borough as well as being a key regional hub and the largest borough in Essex.
(iii) That there is support from across Colchester for a bid for city status.
(iv) That bidding for city status would provide a great opportunity to promote all that’s good about Colchester Borough and allow us to place ourselves in the national spotlight.
(v) That Colchester deserves to be granted city status in 2012 to recognise its historic status and future potential.

(c) Council resolves:-

(i) To support in principle a bid for city status for Colchester.
(ii) To work alongside community and business groups to create a bid for city status at no cost to the taxpayer.
(iii) To request the Leader of the Council and group leaders work together to oversee the detail of the bid before it is brought to the Council meeting in May for a final endorsement.

The meeting takes place next Wednesday (23rd March) starting at 6.00pm in the Town Hall. We probably won’t get to the motion much before 7pm, though, as there’s other business to deal with first, including making my former ward colleague Dr Chris Hall an Honorary Alderman of the Borough.