Trio in bid to take control of Bingley market

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bingley Chamber of Trade and Commerce chairman Howard Martin (left) with market trader Dean McNally Bingley Chamber of Trade and Commerce chairman Howard Martin (left) with market trader Dean McNally

Bradford Council officers have baulked at a bold plan by three Bingley businessmen to take control of the town’s market.

Richard Holmes, who manages the 5Rise shopping centre, design firm boss Richard Tempest and market trader Dean McNally had proposed running the setting-up of stalls and collecting of rents themselves as a means of securing the market’s future and saving the Council some £40,000 a year in costs.

But Mr McNally said an e-mail sent to the consortium from the Council showed it was keen to keep control.

“It says ‘Any relinquishing of the market operation would require a Council decision and would have to go out to tender rather than just handing the operation of the market to just one group’,” Mr McNally said, quoting from the e-mail received last week.

“Basically they don’t want to give up control and are hiding behind their rules and red tape.

“The problem is that things need to be sorted out now. There’s no time to mess about. We know Bingley and the market better than anyone, yet we are being turned down.”

Mr McNally said one positive note was that the Council was still keen to talk about the issue with the three men.

It is happy for them to strike a separate deal with other traders, but solely to take over the setting-up and dismantling of the stalls.

“Of course we will continue to talk to them about that whenever they want,” Mr McNally said.

He is also pressing for more stalls to be encouraged to open in Bingley, regardless of what is already for sale.

“I just think the more stalls of all kinds we have the better. We have two flower stalls already, for example,” he said. “I wouldn’t be worried about any direct competition and would welcome anything that makes it more lively and interesting for shoppers.”

Howard Martin, chairman of Bingley Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said the Council should sharpen up in these tough economic times and act swiftly to take up the consortium’s offer.

“It’s an ever-changing world and in the commercial world you have to be able to make changes quickly. The frustrating thing is that Bradford Council doesn’t work in that environment,” Mr Martin said.

“Any change seems to take forever, by which time the situation has inevitably moved on and so it always seems to be trying to catch up. We just are all keen to get Bingley market bustling again.”

Colin Wolstenholme, Bradford Council’s markets manager, said: “We are pleased to hear from the T&A that local businesspeople are interested in providing the service of erecting the stalls and taking them down again.

“We’ve asked them if they can provide us with further details and we’re waiting to hear back from them.”

Regular market shoppers Fraser and Rena Blagg said they were big fans of quality food available from different stalls.

“We come every week for cheese, bread, fish and anything else we fancy,” Mrs Blagg, said.

“The only thing the market needs is a few more stalls to increase the variety.” Mr Blagg added.

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7:51am Tue 27 Nov 12

Apollo says...

Baulked is an alternative to the more usual balked.
Baulked is an alternative to the more usual balked. Apollo
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9:04am Tue 27 Nov 12

Victor Clayton says...

Proceed with extreme caution!
Proceed with extreme caution! Victor Clayton
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10:10am Tue 27 Nov 12

ANY WHERE BUT HERE says...

Why don't they ask the traders what they think about these three taking over, if there ok with it, then its fine. The council like to put a statement out threatening to shut them down. Then when sombod'y comes forward with a solution, they make it has hard as possible for them to succeed.
Wouldn't you all be better off just ignoring the council, they have no credibility with all the bazaars.
Why don't they ask the traders what they think about these three taking over, if there ok with it, then its fine. The council like to put a statement out threatening to shut them down. Then when sombod'y comes forward with a solution, they make it has hard as possible for them to succeed. Wouldn't you all be better off just ignoring the council, they have no credibility with all the bazaars. ANY WHERE BUT HERE
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11:25am Tue 27 Nov 12

Albion. says...

ANY WHERE BUT HERE wrote:
Why don't they ask the traders what they think about these three taking over, if there ok with it, then its fine. The council like to put a statement out threatening to shut them down. Then when sombod'y comes forward with a solution, they make it has hard as possible for them to succeed.
Wouldn't you all be better off just ignoring the council, they have no credibility with all the bazaars.
I think the council proposals are exactly the same as you would get from any council in the country, they aren't able to just hand things over to anyone who asks. I fully agree with your comments about bazaars.
[quote][p][bold]ANY WHERE BUT HERE[/bold] wrote: Why don't they ask the traders what they think about these three taking over, if there ok with it, then its fine. The council like to put a statement out threatening to shut them down. Then when sombod'y comes forward with a solution, they make it has hard as possible for them to succeed. Wouldn't you all be better off just ignoring the council, they have no credibility with all the bazaars.[/p][/quote]I think the council proposals are exactly the same as you would get from any council in the country, they aren't able to just hand things over to anyone who asks. I fully agree with your comments about bazaars. Albion.
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11:47am Tue 27 Nov 12

markjoe says...

Shows that the council are only interested in helping out their mates, I bet the company (Yes this is true the council put this out to tender so it isn't the council that run it) currently in charge of running the market at the moment is run by a friend of either a councillor or a executive in the council.

It's a sad state of affairs when a local company can't be given a contract by the council without it going out to tender (wasting time and money for everyone concerned). In all likelihood the 3 gentlemen would fit the criteria for the tender and that is why the council are insisting on this.

Also I thought the council were trying to cut costs and this would cut a cost and still provide the service. Oh, wait this wouldn't scored any political points.
Shows that the council are only interested in helping out their mates, I bet the company (Yes this is true the council put this out to tender so it isn't the council that run it) currently in charge of running the market at the moment is run by a friend of either a councillor or a executive in the council. It's a sad state of affairs when a local company can't be given a contract by the council without it going out to tender (wasting time and money for everyone concerned). In all likelihood the 3 gentlemen would fit the criteria for the tender and that is why the council are insisting on this. Also I thought the council were trying to cut costs and this would cut a cost and still provide the service. Oh, wait this wouldn't scored any political points. markjoe
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12:01pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Albion. says...

markjoe wrote:
Shows that the council are only interested in helping out their mates, I bet the company (Yes this is true the council put this out to tender so it isn't the council that run it) currently in charge of running the market at the moment is run by a friend of either a councillor or a executive in the council.

It's a sad state of affairs when a local company can't be given a contract by the council without it going out to tender (wasting time and money for everyone concerned). In all likelihood the 3 gentlemen would fit the criteria for the tender and that is why the council are insisting on this.

Also I thought the council were trying to cut costs and this would cut a cost and still provide the service. Oh, wait this wouldn't scored any political points.
It would be illegal.
[quote][p][bold]markjoe[/bold] wrote: Shows that the council are only interested in helping out their mates, I bet the company (Yes this is true the council put this out to tender so it isn't the council that run it) currently in charge of running the market at the moment is run by a friend of either a councillor or a executive in the council. It's a sad state of affairs when a local company can't be given a contract by the council without it going out to tender (wasting time and money for everyone concerned). In all likelihood the 3 gentlemen would fit the criteria for the tender and that is why the council are insisting on this. Also I thought the council were trying to cut costs and this would cut a cost and still provide the service. Oh, wait this wouldn't scored any political points.[/p][/quote]It would be illegal. Albion.
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12:12pm Tue 27 Nov 12

markjoe says...

Albion. wrote:
markjoe wrote:
Shows that the council are only interested in helping out their mates, I bet the company (Yes this is true the council put this out to tender so it isn't the council that run it) currently in charge of running the market at the moment is run by a friend of either a councillor or a executive in the council.

It's a sad state of affairs when a local company can't be given a contract by the council without it going out to tender (wasting time and money for everyone concerned). In all likelihood the 3 gentlemen would fit the criteria for the tender and that is why the council are insisting on this.

Also I thought the council were trying to cut costs and this would cut a cost and still provide the service. Oh, wait this wouldn't scored any political points.
It would be illegal.
Doesn't mean it doesn't happen.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]markjoe[/bold] wrote: Shows that the council are only interested in helping out their mates, I bet the company (Yes this is true the council put this out to tender so it isn't the council that run it) currently in charge of running the market at the moment is run by a friend of either a councillor or a executive in the council. It's a sad state of affairs when a local company can't be given a contract by the council without it going out to tender (wasting time and money for everyone concerned). In all likelihood the 3 gentlemen would fit the criteria for the tender and that is why the council are insisting on this. Also I thought the council were trying to cut costs and this would cut a cost and still provide the service. Oh, wait this wouldn't scored any political points.[/p][/quote]It would be illegal.[/p][/quote]Doesn't mean it doesn't happen. markjoe
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12:28am Tue 4 Dec 12

keighleyg2 says...

I doubt these guys have any actual real experience of running a market. Sure, they have trader experience but no real understanding of what makes a market viable e.g. demographics of the locality, connectivity of the locality, traditional v specialist markets etc - let them take it over though because given their simplistic thinking of 'hey, lets just add more random stalls and people will just come!' I reckon they will soon learn that it just isn't as simple as that.
I doubt these guys have any actual real experience of running a market. Sure, they have trader experience but no real understanding of what makes a market viable e.g. demographics of the locality, connectivity of the locality, traditional v specialist markets etc - let them take it over though because given their simplistic thinking of 'hey, lets just add more random stalls and people will just come!' I reckon they will soon learn that it just isn't as simple as that. keighleyg2
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