failure of Medway to get city status this year.
Local Greens campaigned, not against the bid for city status, but against the lack of engagement with the people of Medway. There is a strong feeling in the towns that Rochester, which was a city until an admin error in 1998 robbed it of its status, with its cathedral should be and still is a city. With 5 towns making up Medway and each having its own identity and culture, Medway City doesn't feel right.
So Medway Council, next time there is a chance to bid to be a city, just try to get Rochester's status restored.