MP's plain speaking could speed up construction of Bingley supermarket

PLANS: An image of the proposed Aldi store at Bingley

DEMAND: MP Philip Davies

First published in News

THE Government is to speed up the arrival of a new Aldi superstore in Bingley after some plain talking in the House of Commons by the town's MP Philip Davies.

Progress at the old Lilycroft Mills site has been delayed pending the vital transfer of land from the Highways Agency.

But after a no-nonsense request from Mr Davies, Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said he would speak to Highways Agency bosses to remove any hurdles as swiftly as possible.

Speaking in the Commons, Shipley MP Philip Davies said there was widespread support, but delays were preventing work from beginning.

He said: “Aldi are ready to go with a development of a new supermarket in Bingley which commands great public support.

"In order for it to go ahead it needs a land transfer from the Highways Agency via Bradford Council.

“Can the minister make sure the Highways Agency pull their finger out as soon as possible to make this happen so this essential regeneration in Bingley can take place?"

German-owned Aldi chain wants to build on the old Lilycroft Mills site at Midland Hill which will also create up to 25 jobs.

Mr Goodwill said: “In my experience the Highways Agency are very good at pulling their finger out when ministers raise issues with them so I will raise this one with them myself.”

Mr Davies said he had asked the blunt question after Bingley ward councillor and fellow Conservative David Heseltine raised the issue earlier this week.

"I thought things were dragging on a bit so I thought let's bite the bullet and ask them to hurry up," Cllr Heseltine said.

"And when Mr Davies said he'd ask a question about it, I thought that's brilliant."

Retail giant Aldi also thanked Mr Davies for his commitment to improving Bingley.

“We are very grateful for the continued support Mr Davies has shown for our plans for a new store in Bingley and for bringing this matter to the attention of the Transport Minister, as well as the high level of support we have received from his constituents,” a spokesman said.

“This unexpected delay has, unfortunately, prevented us from progressing the plans as quickly as we had hoped, but we are committed to delivering a new food store for the residents of Bingley and regenerating this town centre site with a multi-million pound investment.

“We would like to take this opportunity to again thank the local community for all the support we have received to date.

"We will continue to work closely with Bradford City Council, Yorkshire Water and the Highways Agency to resolve the situation, and we hope to be able to provide a positive update in the coming weeks.”

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8:51pm Fri 11 Jul 14

bcfc1903 says...

Good work from Philip Davies regarding the proposed Aldi store in Bingley and the old Bradford and Bingley site in the same place.
Good work from Philip Davies regarding the proposed Aldi store in Bingley and the old Bradford and Bingley site in the same place. bcfc1903
  • Score: 7

11:15am Sat 12 Jul 14

Count Jim Moriarty says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Good work from Philip Davies regarding the proposed Aldi store in Bingley and the old Bradford and Bingley site in the same place.
Law of averages says he had to do something right eventually. Nice change from his usual self promotion, helped by the T&A which slavishly reports every irrelevant utterance from this muppet.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Good work from Philip Davies regarding the proposed Aldi store in Bingley and the old Bradford and Bingley site in the same place.[/p][/quote]Law of averages says he had to do something right eventually. Nice change from his usual self promotion, helped by the T&A which slavishly reports every irrelevant utterance from this muppet. Count Jim Moriarty
  • Score: 2

11:47am Sat 12 Jul 14

Albion. says...

Count Jim Moriarty wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Good work from Philip Davies regarding the proposed Aldi store in Bingley and the old Bradford and Bingley site in the same place.
Law of averages says he had to do something right eventually. Nice change from his usual self promotion, helped by the T&A which slavishly reports every irrelevant utterance from this muppet.
Do you refer to the "muppet" whose post you have attached to or the one in the report?

It was always going to get built anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Count Jim Moriarty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Good work from Philip Davies regarding the proposed Aldi store in Bingley and the old Bradford and Bingley site in the same place.[/p][/quote]Law of averages says he had to do something right eventually. Nice change from his usual self promotion, helped by the T&A which slavishly reports every irrelevant utterance from this muppet.[/p][/quote]Do you refer to the "muppet" whose post you have attached to or the one in the report? It was always going to get built anyway. Albion.
  • Score: 1

2:00pm Sat 12 Jul 14

allinittogether says...

A no-nonsense request? Does that mean his usual utterings are nonsense?
A no-nonsense request? Does that mean his usual utterings are nonsense? allinittogether
  • Score: 4

11:12am Sun 13 Jul 14

Count Jim Moriarty says...

allinittogether wrote:
A no-nonsense request? Does that mean his usual utterings are nonsense?
Of course. Spouting about TV horse racing presenters in Parliament last week. Hasn't a clue about anything except self-promotion, in which this 'newspaper' is always happy to help.
[quote][p][bold]allinittogether[/bold] wrote: A no-nonsense request? Does that mean his usual utterings are nonsense?[/p][/quote]Of course. Spouting about TV horse racing presenters in Parliament last week. Hasn't a clue about anything except self-promotion, in which this 'newspaper' is always happy to help. Count Jim Moriarty
  • Score: 2

11:44am Sun 13 Jul 14

Shipleyvegas says...

Count Jim Moriarty wrote:
allinittogether wrote:
A no-nonsense request? Does that mean his usual utterings are nonsense?
Of course. Spouting about TV horse racing presenters in Parliament last week. Hasn't a clue about anything except self-promotion, in which this 'newspaper' is always happy to help.
I was going to put something along the lines of 'he's better than Galloway'

But then realised that's not much of a compliment really...
[quote][p][bold]Count Jim Moriarty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]allinittogether[/bold] wrote: A no-nonsense request? Does that mean his usual utterings are nonsense?[/p][/quote]Of course. Spouting about TV horse racing presenters in Parliament last week. Hasn't a clue about anything except self-promotion, in which this 'newspaper' is always happy to help.[/p][/quote]I was going to put something along the lines of 'he's better than Galloway' But then realised that's not much of a compliment really... Shipleyvegas
  • Score: 1

6:02pm Mon 14 Jul 14

awasteoftime says...

This application was lodged in November 2013, Bradford Council should determine major applications in 13 weeks so why into July is the application still not determined. The land ownership should NOT have any impact on the Permission but would of course impact on building. This is typical of Bradford Council who have very little interest in the Bingley except when it comes to building on Green Belt. They have messed about with the old Bradford & Bingley Building for at least 3 years it is time they got their collective fingers out. Of course our Local Councillors seem pretty powerless to do anything. The only one that ever speaks up is David Hesletine, the others are invisible all of the time. Let Aldi get building and get Bingley moving again.
This application was lodged in November 2013, Bradford Council should determine major applications in 13 weeks so why into July is the application still not determined. The land ownership should NOT have any impact on the Permission but would of course impact on building. This is typical of Bradford Council who have very little interest in the Bingley except when it comes to building on Green Belt. They have messed about with the old Bradford & Bingley Building for at least 3 years it is time they got their collective fingers out. Of course our Local Councillors seem pretty powerless to do anything. The only one that ever speaks up is David Hesletine, the others are invisible all of the time. Let Aldi get building and get Bingley moving again. awasteoftime
  • Score: 2

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