High street names to help boost jobs as Bradford and Keighley chosen for empty shops scheme

OPTIMISTIC: Keighley Town Centre manager Philip Smith

OPTIMISTIC: Keighley Town Centre manager Philip Smith

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BRADFORD and Keighley have been selected for a pioneering initiative to create new jobs and slash the number of empty shops.

They are among only 29 across the UK chosen to benefit from the first wave of the Business in the Community (BITC) scheme.

A partnership of some of the country’s leading high street names will help businesses work on an action plan of improvements.

Boots, the Co-operative Group, Marks & Spencer and Santander are the founding members of the ‘Healthy High Streets’ venture.

Bradford's scheme will be implemented by Bradford Council's city centre team with the support of Marks & Spencer, which will be one of the cornerstore retailers in the under-construction Westfield Broadway shopping centre.

Nationally, the aim is to create 3,000 jobs, increase footfall by ten per cent and reduce empty property units by a fifth during a three-year period.

Overfall, only 100 cities and towns will be be selected.

Keighley town centre manager, Philip Smith said: “We submitted our application in May and were absolutely delighted to be chosen.

“This is a very exciting time for the town. To have nationally-recognised businesses pooling their considerable resources and expertise to look at how they can help improve what Keighley provides is a fantastic opportunity.

“We have 200 members within Keighley Town Centre Association who work closely together, and to have large businesses giving their input from a different angle can only be a good thing.

“It’s the first time the big businesses have got their heads together in this way to look at what they might be able to do with their combined expertise.”

Mr Smith said initial discussions had already taken place and more talks are ongoing.

An action plan will then be drawn-up and options considered.

“This can only benefit the association and add an extra tier to what we are able to do,” added Mr Smith.

“And it’s not just about retailers. It also covers the commercial sector, and BITC will be working at getting other nationals on board.

“Although it is an initial three-year scheme, once plans are in place, the benefits will continue.”

BITC is being supported in the campaign by the Department of Community and Local Governments, Future High Streets Forum and the Prince’s Foundation for Building in the Community.

Mr Smith said a bid is also currently being drawn up to enter Cavendish Street in a High Street of the Year awards scheme, which would help promote the retailers and put it them line for a share of £50,000 in prize money and support from the Future High Streets Forum sponsors.

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8:42am Thu 7 Aug 14

baildongreen says...

Shop window dressing. City Hall is involved so failure is guaranteed. Why would anybody want to shop in Bradford when they could go to Leeds?
Shop window dressing. City Hall is involved so failure is guaranteed. Why would anybody want to shop in Bradford when they could go to Leeds? baildongreen
  • Score: 1

8:57am Thu 7 Aug 14

denislamenis says...

baildongreen wrote:
Shop window dressing. City Hall is involved so failure is guaranteed. Why would anybody want to shop in Bradford when they could go to Leeds?
some of us want to shop in Bradford because we like it here and want to show support for our home town and don't understand why anyone would want to go to leeds.
[quote][p][bold]baildongreen[/bold] wrote: Shop window dressing. City Hall is involved so failure is guaranteed. Why would anybody want to shop in Bradford when they could go to Leeds?[/p][/quote]some of us want to shop in Bradford because we like it here and want to show support for our home town and don't understand why anyone would want to go to leeds. denislamenis
  • Score: 8

9:26am Thu 7 Aug 14

Rambo says...

denislamenis wrote:
baildongreen wrote:
Shop window dressing. City Hall is involved so failure is guaranteed. Why would anybody want to shop in Bradford when they could go to Leeds?
some of us want to shop in Bradford because we like it here and want to show support for our home town and don't understand why anyone would want to go to leeds.
Er… because theres many more shops in Leeds (independent and chain)? More variety for all ages and backgrounds? More in the way of if I want something for a special occasion for someone? etc etc.

Yeah, I've no idea why people go to Leeds either.
[quote][p][bold]denislamenis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]baildongreen[/bold] wrote: Shop window dressing. City Hall is involved so failure is guaranteed. Why would anybody want to shop in Bradford when they could go to Leeds?[/p][/quote]some of us want to shop in Bradford because we like it here and want to show support for our home town and don't understand why anyone would want to go to leeds.[/p][/quote]Er… because theres many more shops in Leeds (independent and chain)? More variety for all ages and backgrounds? More in the way of if I want something for a special occasion for someone? etc etc. Yeah, I've no idea why people go to Leeds either. Rambo
  • Score: 7

9:38am Thu 7 Aug 14

denislamenis says...

Rambo wrote:
denislamenis wrote:
baildongreen wrote:
Shop window dressing. City Hall is involved so failure is guaranteed. Why would anybody want to shop in Bradford when they could go to Leeds?
some of us want to shop in Bradford because we like it here and want to show support for our home town and don't understand why anyone would want to go to leeds.
Er… because theres many more shops in Leeds (independent and chain)? More variety for all ages and backgrounds? More in the way of if I want something for a special occasion for someone? etc etc.

Yeah, I've no idea why people go to Leeds either.
Bradford would be the same if people supported it instead of being negative.
[quote][p][bold]Rambo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]denislamenis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]baildongreen[/bold] wrote: Shop window dressing. City Hall is involved so failure is guaranteed. Why would anybody want to shop in Bradford when they could go to Leeds?[/p][/quote]some of us want to shop in Bradford because we like it here and want to show support for our home town and don't understand why anyone would want to go to leeds.[/p][/quote]Er… because theres many more shops in Leeds (independent and chain)? More variety for all ages and backgrounds? More in the way of if I want something for a special occasion for someone? etc etc. Yeah, I've no idea why people go to Leeds either.[/p][/quote]Bradford would be the same if people supported it instead of being negative. denislamenis
  • Score: 2

10:29am Thu 7 Aug 14

gwgwgw says...

rates are a big problem , high rates high prices for the small independant, thats what is stopping them, another quango is not the answer
rates are a big problem , high rates high prices for the small independant, thats what is stopping them, another quango is not the answer gwgwgw
  • Score: 6

10:29am Thu 7 Aug 14

BCFC1911 says...

denislamenis wrote:
Rambo wrote:
denislamenis wrote:
baildongreen wrote:
Shop window dressing. City Hall is involved so failure is guaranteed. Why would anybody want to shop in Bradford when they could go to Leeds?
some of us want to shop in Bradford because we like it here and want to show support for our home town and don't understand why anyone would want to go to leeds.
Er… because theres many more shops in Leeds (independent and chain)? More variety for all ages and backgrounds? More in the way of if I want something for a special occasion for someone? etc etc.

Yeah, I've no idea why people go to Leeds either.
Bradford would be the same if people supported it instead of being negative.
How can you support it when there's nothing to support

This scheme is just another blue sky thinking idea with no commercial value
[quote][p][bold]denislamenis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rambo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]denislamenis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]baildongreen[/bold] wrote: Shop window dressing. City Hall is involved so failure is guaranteed. Why would anybody want to shop in Bradford when they could go to Leeds?[/p][/quote]some of us want to shop in Bradford because we like it here and want to show support for our home town and don't understand why anyone would want to go to leeds.[/p][/quote]Er… because theres many more shops in Leeds (independent and chain)? More variety for all ages and backgrounds? More in the way of if I want something for a special occasion for someone? etc etc. Yeah, I've no idea why people go to Leeds either.[/p][/quote]Bradford would be the same if people supported it instead of being negative.[/p][/quote]How can you support it when there's nothing to support This scheme is just another blue sky thinking idea with no commercial value BCFC1911
  • Score: 3

10:43am Thu 7 Aug 14

Albion. says...

"Boots, the Co-operative Group, Marks & Spencer and Santander"

Not the most inspiring group, Boots has just been gobbled-up by a pretty unprincipled American group, CO-OP group are busy selling off various bits in a desperate attempt to remain (or become) solvent, M&S keep releasing performance figures that are worse than the previous year, and Santander are responsible for thousands of redundancies in this country. Anyway I hope it's a huge success.
"Boots, the Co-operative Group, Marks & Spencer and Santander" Not the most inspiring group, Boots has just been gobbled-up by a pretty unprincipled American group, CO-OP group are busy selling off various bits in a desperate attempt to remain (or become) solvent, M&S keep releasing performance figures that are worse than the previous year, and Santander are responsible for thousands of redundancies in this country. Anyway I hope it's a huge success. Albion.
  • Score: 8

10:58am Thu 7 Aug 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

M&S, more stores for the rent a mobs to boycott.
M&S, more stores for the rent a mobs to boycott. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 4

11:02am Thu 7 Aug 14

Wyke 1981 says...

The council can have as many schemes, visions and masterplans as it wants but it won't change a thing unless it tackles the underlying issue that there isn't enough footfall in the city centre to attract new businesses to the city. Any new shop needs customers to make it a success and at the minute there isn't enough potential customers that visit bradford.

Unfortunately most of the big companies that still have offices in the Bradford area are based out of the city centre, I.e morrison, yorkshire building society and hallmark cards. If them offices were city centre based it would give any new shop opening potentionally thousands more customers

If the council was serious about regenerating the city centre then instead of all these money wasting schemes and visions then a good start would be to bring back free car parking to try increase the footfall in the city that way. The money it lost through parking charges would be recouped through extra buisness rates.
The council can have as many schemes, visions and masterplans as it wants but it won't change a thing unless it tackles the underlying issue that there isn't enough footfall in the city centre to attract new businesses to the city. Any new shop needs customers to make it a success and at the minute there isn't enough potential customers that visit bradford. Unfortunately most of the big companies that still have offices in the Bradford area are based out of the city centre, I.e morrison, yorkshire building society and hallmark cards. If them offices were city centre based it would give any new shop opening potentionally thousands more customers If the council was serious about regenerating the city centre then instead of all these money wasting schemes and visions then a good start would be to bring back free car parking to try increase the footfall in the city that way. The money it lost through parking charges would be recouped through extra buisness rates. Wyke 1981
  • Score: 5

11:05am Thu 7 Aug 14

SinnerSaint says...

denislamenis wrote:
Rambo wrote:
denislamenis wrote:
baildongreen wrote:
Shop window dressing. City Hall is involved so failure is guaranteed. Why would anybody want to shop in Bradford when they could go to Leeds?
some of us want to shop in Bradford because we like it here and want to show support for our home town and don't understand why anyone would want to go to leeds.
Er… because theres many more shops in Leeds (independent and chain)? More variety for all ages and backgrounds? More in the way of if I want something for a special occasion for someone? etc etc.

Yeah, I've no idea why people go to Leeds either.
Bradford would be the same if people supported it instead of being negative.
Comments like this make me laugh! If Bradford was considered commercially viable, retailers would be flocking here. You think if we all lived in cloud cuckoo land like you do, the city centre would be a shopper's Mecca?
[quote][p][bold]denislamenis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rambo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]denislamenis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]baildongreen[/bold] wrote: Shop window dressing. City Hall is involved so failure is guaranteed. Why would anybody want to shop in Bradford when they could go to Leeds?[/p][/quote]some of us want to shop in Bradford because we like it here and want to show support for our home town and don't understand why anyone would want to go to leeds.[/p][/quote]Er… because theres many more shops in Leeds (independent and chain)? More variety for all ages and backgrounds? More in the way of if I want something for a special occasion for someone? etc etc. Yeah, I've no idea why people go to Leeds either.[/p][/quote]Bradford would be the same if people supported it instead of being negative.[/p][/quote]Comments like this make me laugh! If Bradford was considered commercially viable, retailers would be flocking here. You think if we all lived in cloud cuckoo land like you do, the city centre would be a shopper's Mecca? SinnerSaint
  • Score: 9

11:06am Thu 7 Aug 14

BertSanders says...

Why do people not shop in the City? Online purchases do not help and they are growing - I prefer Ilkley or Harrogate if I can be persuaded to look around the shops at all. Shipley is more convenient locally. and Bradford is the pits and I doubt that my family will go there whoever occupies the shops. The big names you mention cannot be as dogmatic but I doubt they will achieve their objective by coming to Bradford. Like Albion I do hope it will be a success
Why do people not shop in the City? Online purchases do not help and they are growing - I prefer Ilkley or Harrogate if I can be persuaded to look around the shops at all. Shipley is more convenient locally. and Bradford is the pits and I doubt that my family will go there whoever occupies the shops. The big names you mention cannot be as dogmatic but I doubt they will achieve their objective by coming to Bradford. Like Albion I do hope it will be a success BertSanders
  • Score: 6

12:59pm Thu 7 Aug 14

OLDLAD says...

Footfall has been lost for years and no matter what you do you will never get it back. Shops were lost and customers moved to towns with what they want. They enjoy their shopping and would not consider moving back to Bradford for empty promises and shops that all offer the same things.
Footfall has been lost for years and no matter what you do you will never get it back. Shops were lost and customers moved to towns with what they want. They enjoy their shopping and would not consider moving back to Bradford for empty promises and shops that all offer the same things. OLDLAD
  • Score: 5

12:59pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Rambo says...

denislamenis wrote:
Rambo wrote:
denislamenis wrote:
baildongreen wrote:
Shop window dressing. City Hall is involved so failure is guaranteed. Why would anybody want to shop in Bradford when they could go to Leeds?
some of us want to shop in Bradford because we like it here and want to show support for our home town and don't understand why anyone would want to go to leeds.
Er… because theres many more shops in Leeds (independent and chain)? More variety for all ages and backgrounds? More in the way of if I want something for a special occasion for someone? etc etc.

Yeah, I've no idea why people go to Leeds either.
Bradford would be the same if people supported it instead of being negative.
My post wasn't negative, it was saying what appeals in Leeds to shoppers.

The whole case of Bradford's retail, employment etc going downhill over the last 10+ years is far too long and in-depth to discuss on an internet message thread.

Needless to say the main issue Bradford has, in a nutshell, is the total lack of job creation from low skilled and professional areas. That in turn means fewer people with disposable income attracted to the city centre for shopping, eating out, nights out, to live in etc, and from there the sort of places they would spend their money in don't locate here. Aside from a few typical high street stores, its shocking to think how Bradford seems to lack so many typical retail brands when in comparison to smaller and ever poorer towns and cities.

Thats why places like Trinity in Leeds saw over 22m visitors from all over in its first 12 months.
[quote][p][bold]denislamenis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rambo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]denislamenis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]baildongreen[/bold] wrote: Shop window dressing. City Hall is involved so failure is guaranteed. Why would anybody want to shop in Bradford when they could go to Leeds?[/p][/quote]some of us want to shop in Bradford because we like it here and want to show support for our home town and don't understand why anyone would want to go to leeds.[/p][/quote]Er… because theres many more shops in Leeds (independent and chain)? More variety for all ages and backgrounds? More in the way of if I want something for a special occasion for someone? etc etc. Yeah, I've no idea why people go to Leeds either.[/p][/quote]Bradford would be the same if people supported it instead of being negative.[/p][/quote]My post wasn't negative, it was saying what appeals in Leeds to shoppers. The whole case of Bradford's retail, employment etc going downhill over the last 10+ years is far too long and in-depth to discuss on an internet message thread. Needless to say the main issue Bradford has, in a nutshell, is the total lack of job creation from low skilled and professional areas. That in turn means fewer people with disposable income attracted to the city centre for shopping, eating out, nights out, to live in etc, and from there the sort of places they would spend their money in don't locate here. Aside from a few typical high street stores, its shocking to think how Bradford seems to lack so many typical retail brands when in comparison to smaller and ever poorer towns and cities. Thats why places like Trinity in Leeds saw over 22m visitors from all over in its first 12 months. Rambo
  • Score: 7

1:12pm Thu 7 Aug 14

sorrow&anger says...

OLDLAD wrote:
Footfall has been lost for years and no matter what you do you will never get it back. Shops were lost and customers moved to towns with what they want. They enjoy their shopping and would not consider moving back to Bradford for empty promises and shops that all offer the same things.
Footfall is the answer, and this is all to do with the attractiveness of Bradford as a city. Unfortunately we fail to meet the most basic of criteria, does the place look attractive and safe?

City Park which should have given us a real boost is now the favoured place for drug addicts, alcoholics, sex pests and the homeless. And all this is watched over by the flag of a third world country.

Until the Council actually does something to make Bradford look purposeful and fit for business, the city will never regenerate.
[quote][p][bold]OLDLAD[/bold] wrote: Footfall has been lost for years and no matter what you do you will never get it back. Shops were lost and customers moved to towns with what they want. They enjoy their shopping and would not consider moving back to Bradford for empty promises and shops that all offer the same things.[/p][/quote]Footfall is the answer, and this is all to do with the attractiveness of Bradford as a city. Unfortunately we fail to meet the most basic of criteria, does the place look attractive and safe? City Park which should have given us a real boost is now the favoured place for drug addicts, alcoholics, sex pests and the homeless. And all this is watched over by the flag of a third world country. Until the Council actually does something to make Bradford look purposeful and fit for business, the city will never regenerate. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 6

1:52pm Thu 7 Aug 14

john/garage says...

To make Bradford more attractive how much would that cost ,we would need a city and council fit for purpose, and that just is not going to happen any time soon. I can't see any of the big retailors heading to Bradford.
When You drive in to the city parkings a fortune and you have to pass through great parts of the city that look third world sorry just looks a waste of time and money. It would all have to go through Bradford planning and that again will take forever and would end up with every planning application having restrictions on it to just because one of the committee likes adding restrictions BECAUSE HE CAN!!!.
To make Bradford more attractive how much would that cost ,we would need a city and council fit for purpose, and that just is not going to happen any time soon. I can't see any of the big retailors heading to Bradford. When You drive in to the city parkings a fortune and you have to pass through great parts of the city that look third world sorry just looks a waste of time and money. It would all have to go through Bradford planning and that again will take forever and would end up with every planning application having restrictions on it to just because one of the committee likes adding restrictions BECAUSE HE CAN!!!. john/garage
  • Score: 2

2:13pm Thu 7 Aug 14

basil fawlty says...

SinnerSaint wrote:
denislamenis wrote:
Rambo wrote:
denislamenis wrote:
baildongreen wrote: Shop window dressing. City Hall is involved so failure is guaranteed. Why would anybody want to shop in Bradford when they could go to Leeds?
some of us want to shop in Bradford because we like it here and want to show support for our home town and don't understand why anyone would want to go to leeds.
Er… because theres many more shops in Leeds (independent and chain)? More variety for all ages and backgrounds? More in the way of if I want something for a special occasion for someone? etc etc. Yeah, I've no idea why people go to Leeds either.
Bradford would be the same if people supported it instead of being negative.
Comments like this make me laugh! If Bradford was considered commercially viable, retailers would be flocking here. You think if we all lived in cloud cuckoo land like you do, the city centre would be a shopper's Mecca?
I don't think the number of vacant shop units in Bradford is much different to Leeds and many other large cities. Bradford's problem is that it has a had a big empty hole for 10 years, but at least now Westfield are building the shops that will help make the city centre more able to compete with Leeds. The increased footfall from just the Broadway Centre should boost the other shops around town. Add this to attractions like City Park and (hopefully) the Odeon and you have some significant improvements.
We have also seen a developing surge in the opening and planning of new restaurants and pubs/bars which should greatly increase footfall.
As said above, what the Council need to do now is strive to clean up the streets and get the office jobs back to Bradford.
[quote][p][bold]SinnerSaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]denislamenis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rambo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]denislamenis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]baildongreen[/bold] wrote: Shop window dressing. City Hall is involved so failure is guaranteed. Why would anybody want to shop in Bradford when they could go to Leeds?[/p][/quote]some of us want to shop in Bradford because we like it here and want to show support for our home town and don't understand why anyone would want to go to leeds.[/p][/quote]Er… because theres many more shops in Leeds (independent and chain)? More variety for all ages and backgrounds? More in the way of if I want something for a special occasion for someone? etc etc. Yeah, I've no idea why people go to Leeds either.[/p][/quote]Bradford would be the same if people supported it instead of being negative.[/p][/quote]Comments like this make me laugh! If Bradford was considered commercially viable, retailers would be flocking here. You think if we all lived in cloud cuckoo land like you do, the city centre would be a shopper's Mecca?[/p][/quote]I don't think the number of vacant shop units in Bradford is much different to Leeds and many other large cities. Bradford's problem is that it has a had a big empty hole for 10 years, but at least now Westfield are building the shops that will help make the city centre more able to compete with Leeds. The increased footfall from just the Broadway Centre should boost the other shops around town. Add this to attractions like City Park and (hopefully) the Odeon and you have some significant improvements. We have also seen a developing surge in the opening and planning of new restaurants and pubs/bars which should greatly increase footfall. As said above, what the Council need to do now is strive to clean up the streets and get the office jobs back to Bradford. basil fawlty
  • Score: 4

2:17pm Thu 7 Aug 14

BCFC1911 says...

sorrow&anger wrote:
OLDLAD wrote:
Footfall has been lost for years and no matter what you do you will never get it back. Shops were lost and customers moved to towns with what they want. They enjoy their shopping and would not consider moving back to Bradford for empty promises and shops that all offer the same things.
Footfall is the answer, and this is all to do with the attractiveness of Bradford as a city. Unfortunately we fail to meet the most basic of criteria, does the place look attractive and safe?

City Park which should have given us a real boost is now the favoured place for drug addicts, alcoholics, sex pests and the homeless. And all this is watched over by the flag of a third world country.

Until the Council actually does something to make Bradford look purposeful and fit for business, the city will never regenerate.
Exactly right. Footfall is the answer but its not going to happen when the centre is full of drinkers, eastern europeans and quite frankly the scum of the earth. Hell they could put any shop into Bradford and still most (decent) people would rather spend more time and money going to Leeds just to not be in the hellhole that is Bradford.

My daughter who is 19 recently spoke to me about this and her friends and herself now no longer go into Bradford due to the quite frankly disgusting comments they attract from certain members of society. They now solely go into and out in Leeds as although they might get a few leery remarks they don't get told verbally abused.

If the youngsters are being driven away what chance is there of any change in the centre.

To put it in basic terms its beyond repair and now just a sink city centre full of every example of what is wrong with this country personified
[quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OLDLAD[/bold] wrote: Footfall has been lost for years and no matter what you do you will never get it back. Shops were lost and customers moved to towns with what they want. They enjoy their shopping and would not consider moving back to Bradford for empty promises and shops that all offer the same things.[/p][/quote]Footfall is the answer, and this is all to do with the attractiveness of Bradford as a city. Unfortunately we fail to meet the most basic of criteria, does the place look attractive and safe? City Park which should have given us a real boost is now the favoured place for drug addicts, alcoholics, sex pests and the homeless. And all this is watched over by the flag of a third world country. Until the Council actually does something to make Bradford look purposeful and fit for business, the city will never regenerate.[/p][/quote]Exactly right. Footfall is the answer but its not going to happen when the centre is full of drinkers, eastern europeans and quite frankly the scum of the earth. Hell they could put any shop into Bradford and still most (decent) people would rather spend more time and money going to Leeds just to not be in the hellhole that is Bradford. My daughter who is 19 recently spoke to me about this and her friends and herself now no longer go into Bradford due to the quite frankly disgusting comments they attract from certain members of society. They now solely go into and out in Leeds as although they might get a few leery remarks they don't get told verbally abused. If the youngsters are being driven away what chance is there of any change in the centre. To put it in basic terms its beyond repair and now just a sink city centre full of every example of what is wrong with this country personified BCFC1911
  • Score: 6

3:06pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

I went past John Street on Tuesday and took a photo of the delights of Bradford, a bunch of drunks stood around and sat on a bench. And l thought the old bill were getting rid of these reprobates, maybe not.
People from outside the city used to laugh about the hole till Meyer Bergen did a deal, now l think they must think we're all a bunch of pee heads. I'm certainly not but l solely blame the council for the state of the city, whatever party was involved. They are so inept.
Now they think transforming the Odeon is the saviour.
I think the straws have gone and no more to grasp.
Will the last one out please turn off the light.
I went past John Street on Tuesday and took a photo of the delights of Bradford, a bunch of drunks stood around and sat on a bench. And l thought the old bill were getting rid of these reprobates, maybe not. People from outside the city used to laugh about the hole till Meyer Bergen did a deal, now l think they must think we're all a bunch of pee heads. I'm certainly not but l solely blame the council for the state of the city, whatever party was involved. They are so inept. Now they think transforming the Odeon is the saviour. I think the straws have gone and no more to grasp. Will the last one out please turn off the light. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 3

3:24pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

George Galloway is doing a fine job for the tourist trade of Bradford today. Making us look like a backwards anti semitic city for his own political gain.
George Galloway is doing a fine job for the tourist trade of Bradford today. Making us look like a backwards anti semitic city for his own political gain. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 8

4:19pm Thu 7 Aug 14

llos25 says...

With great hullabaloo it was announced in this paper that the city centre was going to be cleared up of drunks,drug addicts and layabouts nothing has happened.As already said the firms involved are in a pickle with one being bought out for a song so not a lot of faith there.watch these firms close their existing shops when they move into the prefab centre.
With great hullabaloo it was announced in this paper that the city centre was going to be cleared up of drunks,drug addicts and layabouts nothing has happened.As already said the firms involved are in a pickle with one being bought out for a song so not a lot of faith there.watch these firms close their existing shops when they move into the prefab centre. llos25
  • Score: 4

8:13pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Alhaurinrhino says...

Stick a fork in Bradford, it's done.
Stick a fork in Bradford, it's done. Alhaurinrhino
  • Score: 3

6:58am Fri 8 Aug 14

BCFC1911 says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
George Galloway is doing a fine job for the tourist trade of Bradford today. Making us look like a backwards anti semitic city for his own political gain.
Yes what a fantastic job he is doing. Seeing some of the stores listed are owned by Jewish families not to mention our very own stylo

Nice one George
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: George Galloway is doing a fine job for the tourist trade of Bradford today. Making us look like a backwards anti semitic city for his own political gain.[/p][/quote]Yes what a fantastic job he is doing. Seeing some of the stores listed are owned by Jewish families not to mention our very own stylo Nice one George BCFC1911
  • Score: 3

6:38pm Fri 8 Aug 14

BertSanders says...

Once elected I was under the impression an MP represented all his constituents - Mr Gallowar appears to be destroying the harmony that already exists.
Once elected I was under the impression an MP represented all his constituents - Mr Gallowar appears to be destroying the harmony that already exists. BertSanders
  • Score: 2

1:19pm Sun 10 Aug 14

bd12red says...

BertSanders wrote:
Once elected I was under the impression an MP represented all his constituents - Mr Gallowar appears to be destroying the harmony that already exists.
Shame we can't make bradford a galloway free zone.
[quote][p][bold]BertSanders[/bold] wrote: Once elected I was under the impression an MP represented all his constituents - Mr Gallowar appears to be destroying the harmony that already exists.[/p][/quote]Shame we can't make bradford a galloway free zone. bd12red
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