Bradford City Park project scoops fifth award

Councillor Val Slater receiving her award

Councillor David Green and Shelagh O’Neill, economic development programmes manager at the Council, accept the City Park award

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

It was a double success for Bradford Council at the Local Government Yorkshire and Humber Awards.

Long-serving Bradford councillor Val Slater won the elected member of the year award and the City Park won an award for an outstanding contribution to unlocking local economic growth.

This makes it five awards for the six-acre city centre park in recent months.

Coun Slater, who represents the Royds ward, is also executive member for housing, planning and transport on the Council, as well as being chairman of West Yorkshire Trading Standards.

She was also deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford last civic year, supporting Lord Mayor Councillor Naveeda Ikram in a rare all-female civic team.

Coun Slater led a major education campaign involving more than 1,500 young people in her ward taking part in workshops warning of tobacco and alcohol misuse.

And in her trading standards remit, she has worked hard to expose the fake and the bogus and educate the community to be on their guard. She successfully secured Big Lottery funding to widen the initiative out to other West Yorkshire districts.

She said: “I am overwhelmed to have won this award of Yorkshire and Humber elected member of the year. Although I come up with the ideas, it is the staff at Bradford Council and the West Yorkshire Joint Services who get on and do the work and I must pay credit to them.”

Councillor David Green, leader of the Council, was there to accept the award for the City Park.

He said: “There is no doubt that City Park has had a massive impact both in terms of enhancing the environment and in improving the well-being of the people who live and work in the city.

“Hordes of visitors have been enthralled by this innovative and attractive public space with its dancing fountains including the largest fountain in any UK city.

“There is no doubt that it has also provided a dramatic backdrop to our spectacular events, the most recent being the Christmas lights switch-on when aerial acrobats performed a magical musical story suspended above the park.”

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10:43am Sat 8 Dec 12

angry bradfordian says...

He said: “There is no doubt that City Park has had a massive impact both in terms of enhancing the environment and in improving the well-being of the people who live and work in the city.

NO DOUBT? Really?? I assume he doesn't sit in pubs and listen to what the public think of it or read forums & message boards?

“Hordes of visitors have been enthralled by this innovative and attractive public space with its dancing fountains including the largest fountain in any UK city."


Hordes enthralled?? It's more likely to be the drunks who are trying to focus properly.
As for largest fountains I've never seen them more than six feet in the air.
He said: “There is no doubt that City Park has had a massive impact both in terms of enhancing the environment and in improving the well-being of the people who live and work in the city. NO DOUBT? Really?? I assume he doesn't sit in pubs and listen to what the public think of it or read forums & message boards? “Hordes of visitors have been enthralled by this innovative and attractive public space with its dancing fountains including the largest fountain in any UK city." Hordes enthralled?? It's more likely to be the drunks who are trying to focus properly. As for largest fountains I've never seen them more than six feet in the air. angry bradfordian
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10:45am Sat 8 Dec 12

angry bradfordian says...

"Long-serving Bradford councillor Val Slater won the elected member of the year award"

Is this the same women who accused anybody who campaigned against building on green belt of being middle class NIMBYs and doesn't actually live anywhere near the ward she serves?? If that's an example of the best servant in Yorkshire then we're in big trouble!
"Long-serving Bradford councillor Val Slater won the elected member of the year award" Is this the same women who accused anybody who campaigned against building on green belt of being middle class NIMBYs and doesn't actually live anywhere near the ward she serves?? If that's an example of the best servant in Yorkshire then we're in big trouble! angry bradfordian
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12:46pm Sat 8 Dec 12

mad matt says...

Wot abaaht t'ole unall?
Wot abaaht t'ole unall? mad matt
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1:46pm Sat 8 Dec 12

Al Spade says...

So, the park has won five awards? Fine! Now do your job, T&A, and stop being a mouthpiece for the Council. How much did it cost? Where is the £80m of business the Ian Greenwood said it would generate coming from? Last figures I saw said £1.5m in the first six months. Long way to go!
So, the park has won five awards? Fine! Now do your job, T&A, and stop being a mouthpiece for the Council. How much did it cost? Where is the £80m of business the Ian Greenwood said it would generate coming from? Last figures I saw said £1.5m in the first six months. Long way to go! Al Spade
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2:15pm Sat 8 Dec 12

Patrick Bateman says...

angry bradfordian wrote:
"Long-serving Bradford councillor Val Slater won the elected member of the year award"

Is this the same women who accused anybody who campaigned against building on green belt of being middle class NIMBYs and doesn't actually live anywhere near the ward she serves?? If that's an example of the best servant in Yorkshire then we're in big trouble!
Angry Bradfordian said,

'Is this the same women who accused anybody who campaigned against building on green belt of being middle class NIMBYs and doesn't actually live anywhere near the ward she serves??'

The very same.

There is something very distasteful about these self-congratulatory, back-slapping, bauble-giving beanos when all one has to do is look around the place to see a City dying on its @rse.
[quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: "Long-serving Bradford councillor Val Slater won the elected member of the year award" Is this the same women who accused anybody who campaigned against building on green belt of being middle class NIMBYs and doesn't actually live anywhere near the ward she serves?? If that's an example of the best servant in Yorkshire then we're in big trouble![/p][/quote]Angry Bradfordian said, 'Is this the same women who accused anybody who campaigned against building on green belt of being middle class NIMBYs and doesn't actually live anywhere near the ward she serves??' The very same. There is something very distasteful about these self-congratulatory, back-slapping, bauble-giving beanos when all one has to do is look around the place to see a City dying on its @rse. Patrick Bateman
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8:13pm Sat 8 Dec 12

Clowny says...

Rents on Market Street can be had for less than £10k per annum, nearby streets not much more. Some commercial units are selling for less then the cost of apartments just a few years ago, so there's clearly a real problem. If the park was having a positive economic impact then why aren't the shops on Market Street reopening?
Rents on Market Street can be had for less than £10k per annum, nearby streets not much more. Some commercial units are selling for less then the cost of apartments just a few years ago, so there's clearly a real problem. If the park was having a positive economic impact then why aren't the shops on Market Street reopening? Clowny
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9:55am Sun 9 Dec 12

collos25 says...

When will the police or some of the honest people in Bradford Council investigate what is going on with the public's money.There is a strong smell of corruption the T&A will not mount any investigation as they are hand in glove with the Council.The park has cost millions more than it should have were has this money gone.
When will the police or some of the honest people in Bradford Council investigate what is going on with the public's money.There is a strong smell of corruption the T&A will not mount any investigation as they are hand in glove with the Council.The park has cost millions more than it should have were has this money gone. collos25
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11:27am Mon 10 Dec 12

Thee Voice of Reason says...

I went through the City center on Saturday night about 7pm and it was completely dead. Not a sole about. Bars and restuarants were bare and the only person at the City Park was some lad riding his bike through the middle of it.
I went through the City center on Saturday night about 7pm and it was completely dead. Not a sole about. Bars and restuarants were bare and the only person at the City Park was some lad riding his bike through the middle of it. Thee Voice of Reason
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11:31am Mon 10 Dec 12

Thee Voice of Reason says...

And in her trading standards remit, she has worked hard to expose the fake and the bogus and educate the community to be on their guard.

Yet this council still allow an illegal market to opperate in Lidget Green nearly 18months when it was first opened?
And in her trading standards remit, she has worked hard to expose the fake and the bogus and educate the community to be on their guard. Yet this council still allow an illegal market to opperate in Lidget Green nearly 18months when it was first opened? Thee Voice of Reason
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3:15pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Thee Voice of Reason says...

When services are being cut, is having an awards ceremony at the taxpayers expense really the best thing to do?
I'm presuming it's at taxpayers expense as I very much doubt a private company will be footing the bill for a local governments bash.
Self serving, once again.
When services are being cut, is having an awards ceremony at the taxpayers expense really the best thing to do? I'm presuming it's at taxpayers expense as I very much doubt a private company will be footing the bill for a local governments bash. Self serving, once again. Thee Voice of Reason
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