Greater Manchester”s bid to host World Expo 2025 stopped
Greater Manchester”s bid to host the World Expo in 2025 has been stopped by the government, the BBC has learned.
But Chancellor Philip Hammond now says concerns over rising costs mean the UK will no longer be bidding to be hosts.
Ashton Moss in Tameside was a possible location for the six-month showcase of technology, manufacturing, and culture.
Representatives of 145 countries attended World Expo 2015 in Italy, which boasted 54 national pavilions at a sprawling site in Milan.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) said hosting the international event would have been worth billions of pounds to the local economy and created thousands of jobs.
Tameside Council leader Kieran Quinn said GMCA was “very disappointed” and has asked to meet Mr Hammond to discuss salvaging the bid.
Mr Quinn said the bid rejection came as “terrible news” and demonstrated a lack of government ambition.
He said: “They are stopping us entering a race, not only which we believe we could win, but we could also change the way the UK is viewed post-Brexit vote. This is the kind of opportunity the country needs.
“I do think if a city further south had come forward they would have looked at it differently.”
The treasury has been contacted for comment.