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Market bazaar plan for Bolton is delayed
Plans for a controversial Asian bazaar in a former Morrisons store have again been put on hold.
Former Tradex boss Mohammed Saeed wants to turn the building on Idle Road, Bolton, Bradford, into a fashion and fancy goods market, but the plan has met with opposition from residents and councillors.
And twice it has stalled due to issues over lack of parking.
Councillor Howard Middleton (Lib Dem, Bolton and Undercliffe) received an e-mail from Bradford Council’s market manager to say any decision on whether Mr Saeed would be granted a licence to trade had been put on ice.
“He wrote to say that outstanding issues were being investigated before any decision could be made,” said Coun Middleton.
Markets manager Colin Wolstenholme also said the owner would not open without a market licence and would wait for the outcome of a review into the application.
But Coun Middleton said people who feared a bazaar would cause traffic chaos were sick of waiting.
“It has now been dragging on since the start of summer,” he said.
“People come up with reasons why it shouldn’t go ahead and then the Council seems to bend over backwards to help the applicant.
“They should just refuse this application and see if another one comes in.”
Liberal Democrat group leader Councillor Jeanette Sunderland said: “There is just no timeframe on this – the Council needs to get its act together. In the meantime we are looking into possible legal challenges to the original permission as the situation has changed and the parking space which was part of permission for the original Morrisons has now been greatly reduced.
“There are some really big questions which need to be asked about how this has been dealt with.”
A spokesman for Bradford Council confirmed that any verdict on the bazaar had been postponed, adding: “The decision on whether to grant a market licence will not take place until we have completed our inquiries.”