Perth regains City status
Perth lost official recognition as a city in 1975, when a local government shake-up led to the official removal of that status. It celebrated its 800th anniversary in 2010, and is classified as an ‘ecclesiastical city’ because it has a cathedral, but is (or I suppose I should now say ‘was’) legally considered a town.
Back in May 2010, we noticed Perth had delivered an application for restoration of city status to the UK Government. The reason for this being that City status is a reserved matter, granted by the Queen under royal prerogative on advice from ministers.
And the good news is that Perth (population about 44,000), is now set to become Scotland’s seventh city after winning a UK competition marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Perth was one of 25 towns across the UK which had applied for the civic honour via the jubilee competition.
Inverness achieved its City status in 2000, as part of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.
Perth will join Scotland’s other cities of: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, and Stirling.
Perth has a City Hall, and it’s B-Listed, but…
Since Perth got a new concert hall, the City Hall is no longer wanted, and after a developer failed to gain sufficient interest in plans to develop the building into shopping centre, the preferred option appears to be demolition, to allow a civic square to be created in its place.
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