MP and vicar join up to demand action over former Bradford & Bingley headquarters

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: MP and vicar join up to demand action over former Bradford & Bingley headquarters MP and vicar join up to demand action over former Bradford & Bingley headquarters

The church and the state united to demand action over the former Bradford & Bingley headquarters in Bingley.

The town’s MP Philip Davies invited parish vicar the Rev Bev Mason to meet Sainsbury’s bosses in London.

And now the supermarket giant has agreed to host a public forum on the future of the site in Main Street and pledged to progress at speed as soon as the problem of bats in the unused building has been resolved.

Mrs Mason, of All Saint’s Church, said Mr Davies invited her to a meeting with Sainsbury’s property boss Chris Templeman and colleagues after she suggested making a non-political plea on behalf of Bingley townsfolk.

She said: “I endeavoured to tell Mr Templeman the old B&B building is a place of great woundedness. It bears the town’s name and it was heartbreaking when it closed due to the loss of jobs and the whole long-term impact on Bingley since then.

“Philip agreed and was very good at pressing Sainsbury’s on when things would happen.”

The pair were told experts from English Nature were soon to carry out a survey now that the bat-breeding season was coming to an end.

“As soon as English Nature are happy, they can approve demolition. Sainsbury’s are now going to come back to us with a date in July for an open meeting on the future of the site.”

Mr Davies said: “Bingley’s lucky to have Bev fighting its corner.”

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5:03pm Wed 21 May 14

Albion. says...

So basically, it's going to be demolished this summer. We already knew that!
So basically, it's going to be demolished this summer. We already knew that! Albion.
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5:20pm Wed 21 May 14

cockadoodledo says...

I wonder why the vicar went, weren't the local councillors invited.?
I wonder why the vicar went, weren't the local councillors invited.? cockadoodledo
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5:56pm Wed 21 May 14

Bantambhoy says...

String them along until they pull it down and make it safe/pleasant to look at then revoke their permission for a Local 'small' store in the town. Then, compulsory purchase the site and sell to their competitors.
Up yours Sainsburys.
String them along until they pull it down and make it safe/pleasant to look at then revoke their permission for a Local 'small' store in the town. Then, compulsory purchase the site and sell to their competitors. Up yours Sainsburys. Bantambhoy
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5:59pm Wed 21 May 14

awasteoftime says...

Why on earth did this meeting need to be held in London when the building and any interested parties are in and around Bingley. The Chief Exec should have been invited to Yorkshire to a public meeting when anyone interested could attend. This is just typical that London seems to be the centre of the universe, the sooner we have a Bingley Town Council the better, and then maybe things will start to happen a bit quicker.
Are our local Councillors not interested in Bingley. They should be banging the drum and getting the Aldi store moving instead of just keeping their heads down on everything !!.
Why on earth did this meeting need to be held in London when the building and any interested parties are in and around Bingley. The Chief Exec should have been invited to Yorkshire to a public meeting when anyone interested could attend. This is just typical that London seems to be the centre of the universe, the sooner we have a Bingley Town Council the better, and then maybe things will start to happen a bit quicker. Are our local Councillors not interested in Bingley. They should be banging the drum and getting the Aldi store moving instead of just keeping their heads down on everything !!. awasteoftime
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11:36pm Wed 21 May 14

Not so simple says...

Also do not forget that the Pizza Hut and the shops adjacent to it are supposedly earmarked for a sainsburys store. It appears that the supermarket are land banking and ensuring the compitition cannot move into the area. It's a shame really as the Pizza Hut has been there for years and is making good money but somehow the lease is up and the staff are very annoyed at being kept in the dark over this. Shame really as it's a decent place to eat next to some decent watering holes.
Also do not forget that the Pizza Hut and the shops adjacent to it are supposedly earmarked for a sainsburys store. It appears that the supermarket are land banking and ensuring the compitition cannot move into the area. It's a shame really as the Pizza Hut has been there for years and is making good money but somehow the lease is up and the staff are very annoyed at being kept in the dark over this. Shame really as it's a decent place to eat next to some decent watering holes. Not so simple
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