Anti-development campaigners’ joy at support from TV personality Griff Rhys Jones at meeting in Addingham

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: SUPPORT: People at last night’s meeting discuss the green spaces issue with the actor Griff Rhys Jones SUPPORT: People at last night’s meeting discuss the green spaces issue with the actor Griff Rhys Jones

Campaigners trying to protect greenfield sites in parts of the Bradford district from developers have won the support of a national group headed by comedian and activist Griff Rhys Jones.

Among those attending a meeting addressed by Mr Jones at St Peter’s Church, Addingham, last night were representatives of Menston Action Group and Ben Rhydding group, Wharfedale and Airedale Review Development, and members of both Ilkley and Addingham Civic Societies.

Mr Jones, who is president of action group Civic Voice, is on a four-day tour of the Yorkshire and Humberside region which coincides with the Government pushing forward with the Growth and Infrastructure Bill.

He told the meeting: “The problems which Addingham and Ilkley are experiencing are happening across the country. It is not sustainable to move on to green belt areas.

“What is sustainable is recycling what areas we already have that could be built on.

“By building in areas like Addingham and Ilkley it could spoil what I think it is a very beautiful place. I think it is very important that I am here speaking to local groups about these issues.”

Community groups had the opportunity to chat to Mr Jones about his work and discuss issues concerning them.

Prior to Mr Jones’s visit members of Addingham Civic Society had raised their concerns with Civic Voice about the thousands of houses proposed to be built on the green belt in the Bradford district.

Committee member Peter Wilkinson said: “We briefed him about the arguments and emerging issues with developers manipulating the National Planning Policy to access green belt in Bradford.”

A representative of Menston Action Group said he wanted to listen to Mr Jones’s advice and report them back to members of the groups.

Members of Ben Rhydding Action Group echoed their concerns over plans to build homes on greenfield sites in the llkley area but pointed out that the problem they faced was a shortage of previously developed land.

Mr Jones said: “If the Government is serious about localism, it has to listen to the concerns coming forward from civic groups, residents’ associations and local councils.

“We agree with the Government that getting the economy moving is essential, but the myriad of proposals coming forward are clearly not the answer.

“They are creating uncertainty, not confidence.”

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9:05am Wed 14 Nov 12

Joedavid says...

He seems to be all over the district as well our Odeon in Bradford, what surprises me these are described as public efforts but did the public know about him and these meetings?
We do now after the events, but before no.
(Comments not being sort by the T&A on the 2 Odeon articles.)
He seems to be all over the district as well our Odeon in Bradford, what surprises me these are described as public efforts but did the public know about him and these meetings? We do now after the events, but before no. (Comments not being sort by the T&A on the 2 Odeon articles.) Joedavid
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10:02am Wed 14 Nov 12

Avro says...

This looks to have been a publicity stunt to promote "Civic Voice" which Jones is Chairman of.

The Odeon already has a number of celebrity backers, who have yet to produce anything!
Let's see if the Jones "Community" idea comes to fruition.

What it needs is hard cash and a firm plan of action, because what the Odeon does not have is time on its hands.
This looks to have been a publicity stunt to promote "Civic Voice" which Jones is Chairman of. The Odeon already has a number of celebrity backers, who have yet to produce anything! Let's see if the Jones "Community" idea comes to fruition. What it needs is hard cash and a firm plan of action, because what the Odeon does not have is time on its hands. Avro
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10:46am Wed 14 Nov 12

Joedavid says...

Avro wrote:
This looks to have been a publicity stunt to promote "Civic Voice" which Jones is Chairman of.

The Odeon already has a number of celebrity backers, who have yet to produce anything!
Let's see if the Jones "Community" idea comes to fruition.

What it needs is hard cash and a firm plan of action, because what the Odeon does not have is time on its hands.
Maybe this "Jones way of Public ownership" could be picked up by the existing Group already seeking to save the Odeon and restore it to the New Victoria.
Is yet another Group needed of Civic Voice who maybe is unknown until now.
[quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: This looks to have been a publicity stunt to promote "Civic Voice" which Jones is Chairman of. The Odeon already has a number of celebrity backers, who have yet to produce anything! Let's see if the Jones "Community" idea comes to fruition. What it needs is hard cash and a firm plan of action, because what the Odeon does not have is time on its hands.[/p][/quote]Maybe this "Jones way of Public ownership" could be picked up by the existing Group already seeking to save the Odeon and restore it to the New Victoria. Is yet another Group needed of Civic Voice who maybe is unknown until now. Joedavid
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10:53am Wed 14 Nov 12

Avro says...

The Community ownerhip idea is one that could have been carried forward via the 'Save the Odeon' or 'BORG' groups.

This latest news from Civic Voice simply means that yet another group has entered the ring, when in reality al three should now be one voice rateh than being a diliuted voice, and the problem is that each likely has its own agenda, which does not bode well for the outcome of this mess.
The Community ownerhip idea is one that could have been carried forward via the 'Save the Odeon' or 'BORG' groups. This latest news from Civic Voice simply means that yet another group has entered the ring, when in reality al three should now be one voice rateh than being a diliuted voice, and the problem is that each likely has its own agenda, which does not bode well for the outcome of this mess. Avro
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11:15am Wed 14 Nov 12

Albion. says...

Here in the report we have mention of both "Greenfield" and "Green Belt", the two are not necessarily the same.

http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Greenfield_
land
Here in the report we have mention of both "Greenfield" and "Green Belt", the two are not necessarily the same. http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Greenfield_ land Albion.
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11:22am Wed 14 Nov 12

webess says...

Albion. wrote:
Here in the report we have mention of both "Greenfield" and "Green Belt", the two are not necessarily the same.

http://en.wikipedia.

org/wiki/Greenfield_

land
Very true and the "village green" scam is going to be ended soon...
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Here in the report we have mention of both "Greenfield" and "Green Belt", the two are not necessarily the same. http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Greenfield_ land[/p][/quote]Very true and the "village green" scam is going to be ended soon... webess
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3:35pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Willard says...

Avro wrote:
This looks to have been a publicity stunt to promote "Civic Voice" which Jones is Chairman of.

The Odeon already has a number of celebrity backers, who have yet to produce anything!
Let's see if the Jones "Community" idea comes to fruition.

What it needs is hard cash and a firm plan of action, because what the Odeon does not have is time on its hands.
Jones is President of Civic Voice and not Chairman. He is not a trustee or director. Civic voice are the charity for Civic Societies and have been around for a long time, formerly called the Civic Trust, they were about preserving historic and cultural buildings and places. I think that they are now getting into protecting the future as opposed to just looking at the past glory. I think that are also very worried about the big builders avoiding regenerating our city centres and instead plundering the green countryside. You have to admit there isnt a lot of heart left in Bradford, unless like the famous footballer, it has a hole in the heart.
[quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: This looks to have been a publicity stunt to promote "Civic Voice" which Jones is Chairman of. The Odeon already has a number of celebrity backers, who have yet to produce anything! Let's see if the Jones "Community" idea comes to fruition. What it needs is hard cash and a firm plan of action, because what the Odeon does not have is time on its hands.[/p][/quote]Jones is President of Civic Voice and not Chairman. He is not a trustee or director. Civic voice are the charity for Civic Societies and have been around for a long time, formerly called the Civic Trust, they were about preserving historic and cultural buildings and places. I think that they are now getting into protecting the future as opposed to just looking at the past glory. I think that are also very worried about the big builders avoiding regenerating our city centres and instead plundering the green countryside. You have to admit there isnt a lot of heart left in Bradford, unless like the famous footballer, it has a hole in the heart. Willard
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3:48pm Wed 14 Nov 12

sorrow&anger says...

Willard wrote:
Avro wrote:
This looks to have been a publicity stunt to promote "Civic Voice" which Jones is Chairman of.

The Odeon already has a number of celebrity backers, who have yet to produce anything!
Let's see if the Jones "Community" idea comes to fruition.

What it needs is hard cash and a firm plan of action, because what the Odeon does not have is time on its hands.
Jones is President of Civic Voice and not Chairman. He is not a trustee or director. Civic voice are the charity for Civic Societies and have been around for a long time, formerly called the Civic Trust, they were about preserving historic and cultural buildings and places. I think that they are now getting into protecting the future as opposed to just looking at the past glory. I think that are also very worried about the big builders avoiding regenerating our city centres and instead plundering the green countryside. You have to admit there isnt a lot of heart left in Bradford, unless like the famous footballer, it has a hole in the heart.
Civic Trust, Civic Voice, celebrity endorsement .., who cares, it's all a waste of time. The one (only) thing Bradford Council does consistently is ignore its citizens. Democracy does not exist in this City, So called 'consultations' are just cynical box ticking exercises to keep on the right side of the legislation. The Council will no more listen to Gryff Rhys Jones than they do to the rest of us.
[quote][p][bold]Willard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: This looks to have been a publicity stunt to promote "Civic Voice" which Jones is Chairman of. The Odeon already has a number of celebrity backers, who have yet to produce anything! Let's see if the Jones "Community" idea comes to fruition. What it needs is hard cash and a firm plan of action, because what the Odeon does not have is time on its hands.[/p][/quote]Jones is President of Civic Voice and not Chairman. He is not a trustee or director. Civic voice are the charity for Civic Societies and have been around for a long time, formerly called the Civic Trust, they were about preserving historic and cultural buildings and places. I think that they are now getting into protecting the future as opposed to just looking at the past glory. I think that are also very worried about the big builders avoiding regenerating our city centres and instead plundering the green countryside. You have to admit there isnt a lot of heart left in Bradford, unless like the famous footballer, it has a hole in the heart.[/p][/quote]Civic Trust, Civic Voice, celebrity endorsement .., who cares, it's all a waste of time. The one (only) thing Bradford Council does consistently is ignore its citizens. Democracy does not exist in this City, So called 'consultations' are just cynical box ticking exercises to keep on the right side of the legislation. The Council will no more listen to Gryff Rhys Jones than they do to the rest of us. sorrow&anger
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4:01pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Willard says...

sorrow&anger wrote:
Willard wrote:
Avro wrote:
This looks to have been a publicity stunt to promote "Civic Voice" which Jones is Chairman of.

The Odeon already has a number of celebrity backers, who have yet to produce anything!
Let's see if the Jones "Community" idea comes to fruition.

What it needs is hard cash and a firm plan of action, because what the Odeon does not have is time on its hands.
Jones is President of Civic Voice and not Chairman. He is not a trustee or director. Civic voice are the charity for Civic Societies and have been around for a long time, formerly called the Civic Trust, they were about preserving historic and cultural buildings and places. I think that they are now getting into protecting the future as opposed to just looking at the past glory. I think that are also very worried about the big builders avoiding regenerating our city centres and instead plundering the green countryside. You have to admit there isnt a lot of heart left in Bradford, unless like the famous footballer, it has a hole in the heart.
Civic Trust, Civic Voice, celebrity endorsement .., who cares, it's all a waste of time. The one (only) thing Bradford Council does consistently is ignore its citizens. Democracy does not exist in this City, So called 'consultations' are just cynical box ticking exercises to keep on the right side of the legislation. The Council will no more listen to Gryff Rhys Jones than they do to the rest of us.
I fear you are correct in what you say my friend. We live here, raise our kids here, and some of us manage to keep in work here, but we dont count, because we are just the little people, the worker bees. What they dont relaise is that community spirit comes from people, not investors, or builders, or developers, but the people who live , and toil in an area...and yet those in power only listen to money. Sad :(
[quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Willard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: This looks to have been a publicity stunt to promote "Civic Voice" which Jones is Chairman of. The Odeon already has a number of celebrity backers, who have yet to produce anything! Let's see if the Jones "Community" idea comes to fruition. What it needs is hard cash and a firm plan of action, because what the Odeon does not have is time on its hands.[/p][/quote]Jones is President of Civic Voice and not Chairman. He is not a trustee or director. Civic voice are the charity for Civic Societies and have been around for a long time, formerly called the Civic Trust, they were about preserving historic and cultural buildings and places. I think that they are now getting into protecting the future as opposed to just looking at the past glory. I think that are also very worried about the big builders avoiding regenerating our city centres and instead plundering the green countryside. You have to admit there isnt a lot of heart left in Bradford, unless like the famous footballer, it has a hole in the heart.[/p][/quote]Civic Trust, Civic Voice, celebrity endorsement .., who cares, it's all a waste of time. The one (only) thing Bradford Council does consistently is ignore its citizens. Democracy does not exist in this City, So called 'consultations' are just cynical box ticking exercises to keep on the right side of the legislation. The Council will no more listen to Gryff Rhys Jones than they do to the rest of us.[/p][/quote]I fear you are correct in what you say my friend. We live here, raise our kids here, and some of us manage to keep in work here, but we dont count, because we are just the little people, the worker bees. What they dont relaise is that community spirit comes from people, not investors, or builders, or developers, but the people who live , and toil in an area...and yet those in power only listen to money. Sad :( Willard
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5:04pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Avro says...

Willard wrote:
Avro wrote:
This looks to have been a publicity stunt to promote "Civic Voice" which Jones is Chairman of.

The Odeon already has a number of celebrity backers, who have yet to produce anything!
Let's see if the Jones "Community" idea comes to fruition.

What it needs is hard cash and a firm plan of action, because what the Odeon does not have is time on its hands.
Jones is President of Civic Voice and not Chairman. He is not a trustee or director. Civic voice are the charity for Civic Societies and have been around for a long time, formerly called the Civic Trust, they were about preserving historic and cultural buildings and places. I think that they are now getting into protecting the future as opposed to just looking at the past glory. I think that are also very worried about the big builders avoiding regenerating our city centres and instead plundering the green countryside. You have to admit there isnt a lot of heart left in Bradford, unless like the famous footballer, it has a hole in the heart.
Tell it to the T&A, who yesterday reported this...

Bradford One received the backing of comedian, television presenter and chairman of Civic Voice Griff Rhys Jones.

And here is the link which says so..

http://www.thetelegr
aphandargus.co.uk/ne
ws/10044800.Griff___
s_joy_at_group_s_act
ion_plan_for_Odeon/
[quote][p][bold]Willard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: This looks to have been a publicity stunt to promote "Civic Voice" which Jones is Chairman of. The Odeon already has a number of celebrity backers, who have yet to produce anything! Let's see if the Jones "Community" idea comes to fruition. What it needs is hard cash and a firm plan of action, because what the Odeon does not have is time on its hands.[/p][/quote]Jones is President of Civic Voice and not Chairman. He is not a trustee or director. Civic voice are the charity for Civic Societies and have been around for a long time, formerly called the Civic Trust, they were about preserving historic and cultural buildings and places. I think that they are now getting into protecting the future as opposed to just looking at the past glory. I think that are also very worried about the big builders avoiding regenerating our city centres and instead plundering the green countryside. You have to admit there isnt a lot of heart left in Bradford, unless like the famous footballer, it has a hole in the heart.[/p][/quote]Tell it to the T&A, who yesterday reported this... Bradford One received the backing of comedian, television presenter and chairman of Civic Voice Griff Rhys Jones. And here is the link which says so.. http://www.thetelegr aphandargus.co.uk/ne ws/10044800.Griff___ s_joy_at_group_s_act ion_plan_for_Odeon/ Avro
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