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Word on the Street: Should Ipswich become a city?

PUBLISHED: 16:36 30 November 2017

Do you think Ipswich should become a City? Picture: JON ELSEY

Do you think Ipswich should become a City? Picture: JON ELSEY

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A new bid to get city status for Ipswich is set to be launched next week by Suffolk County Council – we asked people in the town what they thought about the issue.

Suffolk County Council leader Colin Noble is to propose a motion at next week’s full meeting calling for the authority to support a bid to recognise the importance of Ipswich to the economy of Suffolk.

It is to be seconded by cabinet member for Ipswich, Paul West.

Mr Noble said: “I have always said, from the day I became leader of the council, that having a strong and successful Ipswich was the key to having a strong and successful Suffolk.

“Ipswich is a city in all but name. It is a thriving place and we are seeing a huge amount of investment going into the area. It deserves city status to make people look up and see what we have here.”

Mr Noble said the recent pattern of city status awards suggested that the next opportunity could be in early 2022.

Tell us what you think by taking part in our poll.

• You can read the full story here: Suffolk to start new bid to bring city status to county town of Ipswich

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