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SWANSEA AND CARDIFF BACK WREXHAM'S BID FOR CITY STATUS

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Swansea Council has joined Cardiff CC in backing Wrexham's bid to be given city status to mark the millennium, repo...
Swansea Council has joined Cardiff CC in backing Wrexham's bid to be given city status to mark the millennium, reports The Western Mail (p5).

But the south Wales conurbation of Newport is also hoping to win city status and supporters of Newport's bid say the town not only has facilities more suited to a city than Wrexham, bit its phenomenal economic development during the past 10 years makes it the frontrunner in the race.

Neil Rogers, leader of Wrexham CBC, co-ordinating the town's city bid, said: 'Swansea's support once again shows that there is a recognition that a civic city should be created in the north to balance the two cities already in the south.

'We believe that Wrexham has the ability to be that city and we continue to gather support to enhance our case.'

But Alan Darlow, chairman of Newport's city-status bid committee, accused the two city councils of being petty.

'The first thing is that it really makes no difference, because Swansea and Cardiff have no say in the matter. I think they're trying to fire up Newport rather than support Wrexham. They have not had the investment we have experienced over the last 10 years.'

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