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New lease of life for refurbished sports centre

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: CYCLING: Fahad Nissar Khan and friend Mohammed Saeed on different bikes CYCLING: Fahad Nissar Khan and friend Mohammed Saeed on different bikes

A SPORTS centre handed over to the Trident organisation by Bradford Council a little more than two years ago has undergone an extensive overhaul.

The Parkside Centre in West Bowling needed extensive work when Bradford Council granted a 125-year lease on the property to social enterprise organisation Bradford Trident under an asset transfer scheme.

That allowed Bradford Trident to push ahead with a refurbishment scheme which was intended to establish the centre as a community hub for a range of activities in the future.

Work needed included upgrading the electrics, flooring and roof, along with attention to windows and changing rooms.

The work started earlier this year and is now complete, at a cost of £500,000 and means Bradford Trident will now be able to develop activities at the centre in future.

The organisation was keen to take over the centre because it is at the heart of the BD5 community where it has been providing services for the last 14 years.

Much of the cash reserves it has built up have now been invested in the building, which had previously been operated by the Council's youth service.

The landmark development has been marked with a celebration of cycling event, timed to capitalise on the Tour de France Grand Depart.

Bradford Trident chief executive officer, Mick Binns, said ‘ We are delighted to celebrate the relaunch of this valuable community asset, which will enable local people to engage in sport and physical activity for many years to come."

To mark the occasion, a cycle ride around West Bowling has taken place finishing at the Parkside Centre where refreshments, including smoothies made on a unique 'smoothie bike' were on offer.

Councillor Ralph Berry, the executive member for children's and young people's services, said: "I welcome the partnership between the Council and Bradford Trident and the increased usage which will benefit the local community."

Taj Salam, chairman of Bradford Trident, said: “This is an exciting development for us.

"The Parkside Centre is in the heart of our local community and has a long history, much valued by many local people. We aim to work with local residents and other community groups to develop new services at the centre."

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5:55pm Sun 29 Jun 14

food_for_thought says...

Councillor Ralph Berry, the executive member for children's and young people's services, said: "I welcome the partnership between the Council and Bradford Trident..."

In other words..."BMDC's usual incompetence has run this facility into the ground; our further financial incompetence means we don't have the money to refurbish it; so we've handed it over to someone who knows what they are doing and we're doing our best to make some political capital out of our inability to do much of anything properly."

Roll on the day when they just hand over everything in Bradford to people who know what they are doing!
Councillor Ralph Berry, the executive member for children's and young people's services, said: "I welcome the partnership between the Council and Bradford Trident..." In other words..."BMDC's usual incompetence has run this facility into the ground; our further financial incompetence means we don't have the money to refurbish it; so we've handed it over to someone who knows what they are doing and we're doing our best to make some political capital out of our inability to do much of anything properly." Roll on the day when they just hand over everything in Bradford to people who know what they are doing! food_for_thought
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9:46pm Sun 29 Jun 14

pcmanners says...

This shows that free enterprise is much more effective than socialism. The Labour run Council haven't a clue and are dragging this city down.
This shows that free enterprise is much more effective than socialism. The Labour run Council haven't a clue and are dragging this city down. pcmanners
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10:33pm Sun 29 Jun 14

bluebluerobin says...

Trident have succeeded where the Council have failed. This has nothing to do with politics. The sports centre had straightforward management issues which the so-called professionals at City Hall were unable to solve. It is no wonder the city fails to regenerate.
Trident have succeeded where the Council have failed. This has nothing to do with politics. The sports centre had straightforward management issues which the so-called professionals at City Hall were unable to solve. It is no wonder the city fails to regenerate. bluebluerobin
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