B&B offices in Bingley may face summer demolition

B&B offices in Bingley may face summer demolition

B&B offices in Bingley may face summer demolition

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Aire/Worth Valley Reporter

The delayed demolition of the former Bradford & Bingley headquarters in Bingley – now owned by Sainsbury’s – could now take place this summer.

The town’s Tory MP Philip Davies has made the prediction after holding one-to-one talks with the supermarket giant’s boss Justin King.

And Mr Davies has vowed to keep the retail giant’s “feet to the fire” and get some swift action.

Mr Davies held a meeting with chief executive Mr King during which he told him that delays in tackling the site – once valued at £6 million – were harming the retailer’s relationship with the town.

Sainsbury’s initially bought the building with a view to replacing it with a superstore but has since dropped the plan. “I explained to Mr King how unhappy everyone in Bingley is and how badly it has hurt his company’s reputation,” said Mr Davies.

“He told me he was aware of the issue and had received a number of letters from people in the town saying just that.

“He pledged to me that Sainsbury’s has not been dragging its feet and that it has no reason to do so.

“Money for the site has already been written off and he said the sooner they could flatten it and sell it on, the better.”

The most recent cause of delay was protected pipistrelle bats living and mating in the 1970s-built block which occupies a prime site in Main Street.

“The issue of the bats was beyond Sainsbury’s control and Mr King promised me he would go away and take a close interest in the matter,” Mr Davies said.

“Mr King has announced he is leaving Sainsbury’s in July and wants to get the matter resolved by then.

“All I can do is keep a close eye on any progress and keep putting their feet to the fire.”

Bingley Chamber of Trade president Howard Martin welcomed any signs of progress by Sainsbury’s on the building which has long been considered a blight on the town. “I wish the Sainsbury’s CEO all the best in achieving something in such a relatively short space of time,” Mr Martin said.

“The time frame does seem a little optimistic, but as this comes from the top it is exceedingly good news for Bingley.

“Let’s hope they don’t suddenly find great crested newts on the site!”

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3:05pm Fri 2 May 14

Wackford says...

I note the use of the word may. Sainsburys have consistently lied to the people of Bingley-why should anything change now. If they paid £6 million for the site as indicated then it was money well spent as they have protected the profits of their Keighley store for the past 4 years or so since they bought the property. In addition, it was common knowledge that they had decided to open a convenience store in the town, before they kindly told everyone that they were not going to build the supermarket that the town desperately needs. They will eventually sell the property to anyone who will guarantee not to build a supermarket. I will boycott of the Sainsburys convenience store when it opens, but would imagine that most people will not. I only hope that ALDI opens before they do!
I note the use of the word may. Sainsburys have consistently lied to the people of Bingley-why should anything change now. If they paid £6 million for the site as indicated then it was money well spent as they have protected the profits of their Keighley store for the past 4 years or so since they bought the property. In addition, it was common knowledge that they had decided to open a convenience store in the town, before they kindly told everyone that they were not going to build the supermarket that the town desperately needs. They will eventually sell the property to anyone who will guarantee not to build a supermarket. I will boycott of the Sainsburys convenience store when it opens, but would imagine that most people will not. I only hope that ALDI opens before they do! Wackford
  • Score: 2

3:32pm Fri 2 May 14

Inside Information says...

Couldn't have put it better myself. In fact I might venture so far as to state that there might be a sale that has already been pre agreed to a non competitive buyer. In other words Sainsburys actions have effectively denied Bingley the opportunity of ever having a full blown supermarket in the town.
I'm not a great believer usually in petitions...they tend to end up in the bin in my experience...but on this occasion a "lets boycott Sainsburys" petition/campaign would certainly get my backing. Come on Aldi..get your store up and open asap
Couldn't have put it better myself. In fact I might venture so far as to state that there might be a sale that has already been pre agreed to a non competitive buyer. In other words Sainsburys actions have effectively denied Bingley the opportunity of ever having a full blown supermarket in the town. I'm not a great believer usually in petitions...they tend to end up in the bin in my experience...but on this occasion a "lets boycott Sainsburys" petition/campaign would certainly get my backing. Come on Aldi..get your store up and open asap Inside Information
  • Score: 1

5:48pm Fri 2 May 14

Bantambhoy says...

Inside Information wrote:
Couldn't have put it better myself. In fact I might venture so far as to state that there might be a sale that has already been pre agreed to a non competitive buyer. In other words Sainsburys actions have effectively denied Bingley the opportunity of ever having a full blown supermarket in the town.
I'm not a great believer usually in petitions...they tend to end up in the bin in my experience...but on this occasion a "lets boycott Sainsburys" petition/campaign would certainly get my backing. Come on Aldi..get your store up and open asap
I couldn't agree more! The situation in Bingley is not looking good at the moment, two bank branch closures and absolute stagnation on the Aldi planned opening. Do I remember a new Bingley town centre manager being appointed? I don't remember his name but he and Mr Martin need to get their act together and get things on the move. The T&A should also question Phillip Davies further about his 'meeting' with Justin King as to what was the actual objective? It seems to me like a few scraps have been thrown Bingley's way to keep us quiet until King 'disappears' away from Sainsbury's. Phillip Davies and Justin King are ex colleagues from their days at Asda.and this smacks of a comment made whilst having a pint down the pub. As far as I'm concerned Sainsbury can stick their 'local' store where the sun doesn't shine.
[quote][p][bold]Inside Information[/bold] wrote: Couldn't have put it better myself. In fact I might venture so far as to state that there might be a sale that has already been pre agreed to a non competitive buyer. In other words Sainsburys actions have effectively denied Bingley the opportunity of ever having a full blown supermarket in the town. I'm not a great believer usually in petitions...they tend to end up in the bin in my experience...but on this occasion a "lets boycott Sainsburys" petition/campaign would certainly get my backing. Come on Aldi..get your store up and open asap[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more! The situation in Bingley is not looking good at the moment, two bank branch closures and absolute stagnation on the Aldi planned opening. Do I remember a new Bingley town centre manager being appointed? I don't remember his name but he and Mr Martin need to get their act together and get things on the move. The T&A should also question Phillip Davies further about his 'meeting' with Justin King as to what was the actual objective? It seems to me like a few scraps have been thrown Bingley's way to keep us quiet until King 'disappears' away from Sainsbury's. Phillip Davies and Justin King are ex colleagues from their days at Asda.and this smacks of a comment made whilst having a pint down the pub. As far as I'm concerned Sainsbury can stick their 'local' store where the sun doesn't shine. Bantambhoy
  • Score: 4

7:47pm Tue 6 May 14

cockadoodledo says...

Inside Information wrote:
Couldn't have put it better myself. In fact I might venture so far as to state that there might be a sale that has already been pre agreed to a non competitive buyer. In other words Sainsburys actions have effectively denied Bingley the opportunity of ever having a full blown supermarket in the town.
I'm not a great believer usually in petitions...they tend to end up in the bin in my experience...but on this occasion a "lets boycott Sainsburys" petition/campaign would certainly get my backing. Come on Aldi..get your store up and open asap
As you already know it is Yorkshire water who are holding the Aldi job up. get it sorted! Also good to know that the petition to keep the public toilets open in Bingley, 550 have signed, so far, even though some of of You don't think they are worth fighting for.
[quote][p][bold]Inside Information[/bold] wrote: Couldn't have put it better myself. In fact I might venture so far as to state that there might be a sale that has already been pre agreed to a non competitive buyer. In other words Sainsburys actions have effectively denied Bingley the opportunity of ever having a full blown supermarket in the town. I'm not a great believer usually in petitions...they tend to end up in the bin in my experience...but on this occasion a "lets boycott Sainsburys" petition/campaign would certainly get my backing. Come on Aldi..get your store up and open asap[/p][/quote]As you already know it is Yorkshire water who are holding the Aldi job up. get it sorted! Also good to know that the petition to keep the public toilets open in Bingley, 550 have signed, so far, even though some of of You don't think they are worth fighting for. cockadoodledo
  • Score: 1

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