The council has launched a short survey as it continues to consider bidding for city status as part of the Platinum Jubilee Civic Honours competition.

A city status bid would see Warrington being considered alongside other towns including Ipswich, Milton Keynes, Boston, Reading and Dudley.

The survey, which closes on Thursday 21 October, is an important step in establishing whether Warrington will submit an application as part of the prestigious competition, using feedback aligned to the key strands of the application criteria to help conclude whether a bid will formally be put forward.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Russ Bowden, said: “I have watched with interest as other towns have put themselves forward as part of the competition - which is a rare and prestigious honour - and it is something we ought to consider for Warrington.

“Bidding for city status would be a reflection of Warrington’s heritage, civic pride and economic might, but before we take a final decision on submitting a city status bid we want to hear from businesses, residents and communities.

“We have already held some discussions with partners across Warrington, which have been very positive and given us plenty to consider, but we also want to make sure we give residents and groups the opportunity to share their views, too.

“Warrington has been on a journey since its inception as a new town and has so much to be proud of. It’s a unique place that blends together tradition and heritage, is a place of sector-leading knowledge and expertise, is home to community-centred, world-class events and has an outstanding charity and voluntary sector.

“These are the components that collectively make Warrington thrive. We want to bring these key themes together to help us consider whether to formally bid for city status, and of course resident feedback is an important part of this process.”