Business trio step forward as Council struggles to meet £40k annual cost for setting up Bingley market and collecting rents

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: OFFER: Dean McNally. OFFER: Dean McNally.

Three Bingley businessmen have thrown a lifeline to the town’s beleaguered market by offering to take it over from Bradford Council – lock, stock and barrel.

Richard Holmes, manager of 5Rise Shopping Centre, market trader Dean McNally and art firm boss Richard Tempest want to take on putting up the stalls, managing the market and collecting the rents – which could save the Council a yearly bill of up to £40,000.

That money was paid to contractors who ran the market and it was announced last month that the Council could no longer afford the bill – sparking fears the stalls might vanish forever.

But now the new consortium says it can do the same job, without costing taxpayers a penny.

“Between us we’ve got the know-how, the manpower and the vehicles to do it cost-effectively,” said Mr McNally, who also has a haulage business.

“We are offering to try to help Bingley and its shoppers and traders. Everyone wants the market to continue and we understand we have until the end of this financial year to sort something out.”

Mr Tempest runs Art Display in Clyde Street, which organises indoor and outdoor exhibitions as well as design and printing.

His business has been in Bingley for 13 years and he said they had decided to approach the Council because of a shared commitment to the town’s future.

“We’d gladly to take over the market tomorrow if the Council said yes,” Mr Tempest said.

“We can quickly form ourselves into a company and are confident we can run all aspects of the market within the profits from the rents. We’ve costed it and we can certainly do it without making a loss. If there were any profit it would just go into promoting the market itself.

“The Council has been approached and we are just waiting for a meeting where we can talk through all the figures with them.

Bingley Chamber of Trade president Howard Martin said he was supportive of the proposed rescue package: “The Chamber helped put the three gentleman in touch and anything is good news if it ensures the market continues,” he said.

Bradford Council was unable to provide a comment about the rescue plan.

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2:48am Mon 19 Nov 12

still got a pulse says...

Good luck to them! Show this inept council how to do a job right!
Good luck to them! Show this inept council how to do a job right! still got a pulse
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6:32am Mon 19 Nov 12

Albion. says...

still got a pulse wrote:
Good luck to them! Show this inept council how to do a job right!
It isn't them who have been doing the job.
Good luck to the trio, hope they can spice up the market a bit...it needs it.
[quote][p][bold]still got a pulse[/bold] wrote: Good luck to them! Show this inept council how to do a job right![/p][/quote]It isn't them who have been doing the job. Good luck to the trio, hope they can spice up the market a bit...it needs it. Albion.
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10:56am Mon 19 Nov 12

georget says...

If these people do it, Then dont pay the council, For your rent
Just another Way Councils Get out of doing what they get paid for,
Time we all did it, Stop Paying The Time Wasting Money Grabbing Councils
& Doing their Jobs for them
If these people do it, Then dont pay the council, For your rent Just another Way Councils Get out of doing what they get paid for, Time we all did it, Stop Paying The Time Wasting Money Grabbing Councils & Doing their Jobs for them georget
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11:34am Mon 19 Nov 12

Albion. says...

georget wrote:
If these people do it, Then dont pay the council, For your rent
Just another Way Councils Get out of doing what they get paid for,
Time we all did it, Stop Paying The Time Wasting Money Grabbing Councils
& Doing their Jobs for them
You could be dangerous, if anyone could tell what you were on about.
[quote][p][bold]georget[/bold] wrote: If these people do it, Then dont pay the council, For your rent Just another Way Councils Get out of doing what they get paid for, Time we all did it, Stop Paying The Time Wasting Money Grabbing Councils & Doing their Jobs for them[/p][/quote]You could be dangerous, if anyone could tell what you were on about. Albion.
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12:51pm Mon 19 Nov 12

holden caulfield says...

Yes georget, full marks for imaginative use of capitalisation and punctuation. Now what are you trying to tell us?
Yes georget, full marks for imaginative use of capitalisation and punctuation. Now what are you trying to tell us? holden caulfield
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3:58pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Plastic Bantam says...

How about they save their money and put it in to bringing the town in the this century!!! Bingley as a town has no life anymore. It's full of charity shops, banks, hairdressers and estate agents!!!

It really needs a kick up the back side. Unfortunately whenever someone tries to modernise the area they hit a stumbling block with the numpty residents rejecting all types of planning permission!!!!

The town is dying a slow & painful death..... refusing Tesco the chance to build on the Car boot sale land was a huge mistake, that would have brought in a lot more custom & passers by who might then have stopped in Bingley to buy soemthing, which would have meant better shops renting property.

It seems 5rise has been a total waste of time & money. Which inpart is due to Bingley culture of we can't lose our market town!!!!!!!

Something needs to happen QUICK
How about they save their money and put it in to bringing the town in the this century!!! Bingley as a town has no life anymore. It's full of charity shops, banks, hairdressers and estate agents!!! It really needs a kick up the back side. Unfortunately whenever someone tries to modernise the area they hit a stumbling block with the numpty residents rejecting all types of planning permission!!!! The town is dying a slow & painful death..... refusing Tesco the chance to build on the Car boot sale land was a huge mistake, that would have brought in a lot more custom & passers by who might then have stopped in Bingley to buy soemthing, which would have meant better shops renting property. It seems 5rise has been a total waste of time & money. Which inpart is due to Bingley culture of we can't lose our market town!!!!!!! Something needs to happen QUICK Plastic Bantam
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3:58pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Plastic Bantam says...

How about they save their money and put it in to bringing the town in the this century!!! Bingley as a town has no life anymore. It's full of charity shops, banks, hairdressers and estate agents!!!

It really needs a kick up the back side. Unfortunately whenever someone tries to modernise the area they hit a stumbling block with the numpty residents rejecting all types of planning permission!!!!

The town is dying a slow & painful death..... refusing Tesco the chance to build on the Car boot sale land was a huge mistake, that would have brought in a lot more custom & passers by who might then have stopped in Bingley to buy soemthing, which would have meant better shops renting property.

It seems 5rise has been a total waste of time & money. Which inpart is due to Bingley culture of we can't lose our market town!!!!!!!

Something needs to happen QUICK
How about they save their money and put it in to bringing the town in the this century!!! Bingley as a town has no life anymore. It's full of charity shops, banks, hairdressers and estate agents!!! It really needs a kick up the back side. Unfortunately whenever someone tries to modernise the area they hit a stumbling block with the numpty residents rejecting all types of planning permission!!!! The town is dying a slow & painful death..... refusing Tesco the chance to build on the Car boot sale land was a huge mistake, that would have brought in a lot more custom & passers by who might then have stopped in Bingley to buy soemthing, which would have meant better shops renting property. It seems 5rise has been a total waste of time & money. Which inpart is due to Bingley culture of we can't lose our market town!!!!!!! Something needs to happen QUICK Plastic Bantam
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4:24pm Mon 19 Nov 12

markjoe says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
How about they save their money and put it in to bringing the town in the this century!!! Bingley as a town has no life anymore. It's full of charity shops, banks, hairdressers and estate agents!!!

It really needs a kick up the back side. Unfortunately whenever someone tries to modernise the area they hit a stumbling block with the numpty residents rejecting all types of planning permission!!!!

The town is dying a slow & painful death..... refusing Tesco the chance to build on the Car boot sale land was a huge mistake, that would have brought in a lot more custom & passers by who might then have stopped in Bingley to buy soemthing, which would have meant better shops renting property.

It seems 5rise has been a total waste of time & money. Which inpart is due to Bingley culture of we can't lose our market town!!!!!!!

Something needs to happen QUICK
Yes there does seem to be a lot of hairdressers, charity shops and banks but there are other shops - gift shops, a few opticians, card shops, post office, a new furniture store, cafes, florist, pubs, greggs, timpson, max speilmans. The 5Rise shopping centre needs some more tenants. the councils lack of interest in Bingley firstly by not appointing a town centre manager then by trying to close the market isn't helping.
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: How about they save their money and put it in to bringing the town in the this century!!! Bingley as a town has no life anymore. It's full of charity shops, banks, hairdressers and estate agents!!! It really needs a kick up the back side. Unfortunately whenever someone tries to modernise the area they hit a stumbling block with the numpty residents rejecting all types of planning permission!!!! The town is dying a slow & painful death..... refusing Tesco the chance to build on the Car boot sale land was a huge mistake, that would have brought in a lot more custom & passers by who might then have stopped in Bingley to buy soemthing, which would have meant better shops renting property. It seems 5rise has been a total waste of time & money. Which inpart is due to Bingley culture of we can't lose our market town!!!!!!! Something needs to happen QUICK[/p][/quote]Yes there does seem to be a lot of hairdressers, charity shops and banks but there are other shops - gift shops, a few opticians, card shops, post office, a new furniture store, cafes, florist, pubs, greggs, timpson, max speilmans. The 5Rise shopping centre needs some more tenants. the councils lack of interest in Bingley firstly by not appointing a town centre manager then by trying to close the market isn't helping. markjoe
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4:27pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Plastic Bantam says...

The market brings nothing to Bingley..... Neither does the Sunday Car boot... Opticians & Post Offices don't really cut it for me I'm afraid!!
The market brings nothing to Bingley..... Neither does the Sunday Car boot... Opticians & Post Offices don't really cut it for me I'm afraid!! Plastic Bantam
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7:28pm Mon 19 Nov 12

rosesrwhite says...

The council just take rates and taxes out of Bingley and give nothing back, same as they do in Ilkley and other surrounding towns. The council are "considering" it - they probably will turn it down anyway and if they don't, it's right that the Council are again getting out of their responsibilities to Bingley yet again. Hope the lads do succeed though as we should not allow the council to destroy yet another part of the town. I wonder when Sainsburys will open - can you tell us Cllr Green?
The council just take rates and taxes out of Bingley and give nothing back, same as they do in Ilkley and other surrounding towns. The council are "considering" it - they probably will turn it down anyway and if they don't, it's right that the Council are again getting out of their responsibilities to Bingley yet again. Hope the lads do succeed though as we should not allow the council to destroy yet another part of the town. I wonder when Sainsburys will open - can you tell us Cllr Green? rosesrwhite
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7:32pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Plastic Bantam says...

Sainsbury's have taken the decision not to start until late 2013 due to other projects they're involved in
Sainsbury's have taken the decision not to start until late 2013 due to other projects they're involved in Plastic Bantam
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9:27pm Mon 19 Nov 12

logical1 says...

Don't forget everyone your Bingley, Keighley, Ilkley hard earned pounds have funded the miracle that is City Park, the Mirror Pool, the non working Fountains, the Councillor's Christmas Lunch, The Saltaire Rounabout traffic scheme, after all these money wasting efforts what do you expect, Bradford Council to look after it's little neighbours who help pay for these fanciful things.
Don't forget everyone your Bingley, Keighley, Ilkley hard earned pounds have funded the miracle that is City Park, the Mirror Pool, the non working Fountains, the Councillor's Christmas Lunch, The Saltaire Rounabout traffic scheme, after all these money wasting efforts what do you expect, Bradford Council to look after it's little neighbours who help pay for these fanciful things. logical1
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