"Keighley shopping centre delay is not a cause of concern"

Sam Bailey of Bingley Demolition at the site off Gresley Road being cleared for the Worth Valley shopping centre development

Sam Bailey of Bingley Demolition at the site off Gresley Road being cleared for the Worth Valley shopping centre development

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Building work on a planned £30 million Worth Valley Shopping Centre in Keighley has been put back by six months.

But the delay in starting construction of the East Parade complex is no cause for concern, say leading politicians.

The leaders of Bradford Council’s Labour and Conservative groups say they understand the delay was unavoidable.

Property developers Stainsby Grange said it had taken longer than anticipated to complete purchases of all existing buildings on the five-acre site.

The last companies on the land – bordered by East Parade, Gresley Road, Coney Lane and the River Worth – moved out last November.

Spokesman David Williams said: “Demolition is taking longer than we thought because some of it is a bit more intricate. It’s a rolling programme that will take us to the end of March.”

Mr Williams said construction work would “more than likely” begin this autumn, with the 145,000 sq ft shopping centre opening in spring 2015.

He said negotiations were ongoing with major retailers to take up some of the 14 units in the complex.

Mr Williams said: “We’re in discussions with various tenants. I can’t release other details, they’re all tied into confidentiality agreements.”

Labour Councillor Dave Green, leader of Bradford Council, said the delay was clearly caused by technical issues.

He said: “We have no concerns, though potentially the scheme’s a bit later than the developers or the people of Keighley would want.”

Conservative opposition leader Glen Miller said Stainsby Grange had carried out most of the demolition ahead of schedule and were employing local contractors.

He added: “I’ve no cause for concern and they will start within the six months. They have every commitment to the site. They’ve invested quite a lot of money already.” Stainsby Grange has worked on the the project for eight years, gradually buying nine separate properties to create space for the shopping centre and a 350-space car park.

The company says the centre will create 600 jobs and attract big-name retail companies to Keighley. Multiplex giant Cineworld will run the centre’s eight-screen cinema.

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3:12am Thu 10 Jan 13

justjustice says...

"We are pleased to announce that M&S and Debenhams have agreed to set up new flagship stores in the new Keighley shopping centre!"

Here we go again. At least here's hoping we dont, Keighley should show it is better than Bradford.
"We are pleased to announce that M&S and Debenhams have agreed to set up new flagship stores in the new Keighley shopping centre!" Here we go again. At least here's hoping we dont, Keighley should show it is better than Bradford. justjustice
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4:14am Thu 10 Jan 13

tyker2 says...

sounds very similar to Westfield:excuse after excuse. Will we be reading this story in eight or ten years time?
sounds very similar to Westfield:excuse after excuse. Will we be reading this story in eight or ten years time? tyker2
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6:21am Thu 10 Jan 13

Albion. says...

tyker2 wrote:
sounds very similar to Westfield:excuse after excuse. Will we be reading this story in eight or ten years time?
No.
[quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: sounds very similar to Westfield:excuse after excuse. Will we be reading this story in eight or ten years time?[/p][/quote]No. Albion.
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7:26am Thu 10 Jan 13

RollandSmoke says...

Albion. wrote:
tyker2 wrote:
sounds very similar to Westfield:excuse after excuse. Will we be reading this story in eight or ten years time?
No.
When your economy relies on retail and service industries it helps if the people have money to spend after their bills are paid. The story of benefit claimants getting a higher % pay rise than workers exposes the fact that wages are being driven down as the benefit rises were merely in line with inflation. Until such a time as employers offer jobs with living wages the retail/service sectors will decline due to people on the minimum being unable to do anything other than window shop. Unless some other industry can be attracted to the region we are doomed although as the industries we have attracted are the gambling and legal loan sharking ones it may already be too late.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: sounds very similar to Westfield:excuse after excuse. Will we be reading this story in eight or ten years time?[/p][/quote]No.[/p][/quote]When your economy relies on retail and service industries it helps if the people have money to spend after their bills are paid. The story of benefit claimants getting a higher % pay rise than workers exposes the fact that wages are being driven down as the benefit rises were merely in line with inflation. Until such a time as employers offer jobs with living wages the retail/service sectors will decline due to people on the minimum being unable to do anything other than window shop. Unless some other industry can be attracted to the region we are doomed although as the industries we have attracted are the gambling and legal loan sharking ones it may already be too late. RollandSmoke
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8:01am Thu 10 Jan 13

Joedavid says...

Oh no not another Westfield please.
Oh no not another Westfield please. Joedavid
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8:25am Thu 10 Jan 13

JAtkinson says...

Concerned about retail in Bradford, Keighley and our other centres? You can ask our leaders about selling Bradford District during Bradford Question Time - a Twitter based "panel show" starting on 31 January. First panel includes Dave Green and David Ward MP.

Follow @BDQTMod on Twitter for more details.

http://jatkinson1977
.wordpress.com/2012/
12/26/bradford-quest
ion-time-bdqt/
Concerned about retail in Bradford, Keighley and our other centres? You can ask our leaders about selling Bradford District during Bradford Question Time - a Twitter based "panel show" starting on 31 January. First panel includes Dave Green and David Ward MP. Follow @BDQTMod on Twitter for more details. http://jatkinson1977 .wordpress.com/2012/ 12/26/bradford-quest ion-time-bdqt/ JAtkinson
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8:30am Thu 10 Jan 13

Mr Bradford says...

Good news for Airedale shopping centre and the Picture House.
Good news for Airedale shopping centre and the Picture House. Mr Bradford
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10:17am Thu 10 Jan 13

modman61 says...

6 months will probably turn into 6 years. Westfield fiasco in Bradford spring to mind?
6 months will probably turn into 6 years. Westfield fiasco in Bradford spring to mind? modman61
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11:16am Thu 10 Jan 13

Albion. says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
Albion. wrote:
tyker2 wrote:
sounds very similar to Westfield:excuse after excuse. Will we be reading this story in eight or ten years time?
No.
When your economy relies on retail and service industries it helps if the people have money to spend after their bills are paid. The story of benefit claimants getting a higher % pay rise than workers exposes the fact that wages are being driven down as the benefit rises were merely in line with inflation. Until such a time as employers offer jobs with living wages the retail/service sectors will decline due to people on the minimum being unable to do anything other than window shop. Unless some other industry can be attracted to the region we are doomed although as the industries we have attracted are the gambling and legal loan sharking ones it may already be too late.
As you choose to not work (the very word sends you running for the lavatory/St Johns Wort/cannabis) it wouldn't seem to be any of your business.
The MAJORITY of people work, own cars and live in detached or semi-detached houses, unlike you.
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: sounds very similar to Westfield:excuse after excuse. Will we be reading this story in eight or ten years time?[/p][/quote]No.[/p][/quote]When your economy relies on retail and service industries it helps if the people have money to spend after their bills are paid. The story of benefit claimants getting a higher % pay rise than workers exposes the fact that wages are being driven down as the benefit rises were merely in line with inflation. Until such a time as employers offer jobs with living wages the retail/service sectors will decline due to people on the minimum being unable to do anything other than window shop. Unless some other industry can be attracted to the region we are doomed although as the industries we have attracted are the gambling and legal loan sharking ones it may already be too late.[/p][/quote]As you choose to not work (the very word sends you running for the lavatory/St Johns Wort/cannabis) it wouldn't seem to be any of your business. The MAJORITY of people work, own cars and live in detached or semi-detached houses, unlike you. Albion.
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12:09pm Thu 10 Jan 13

RollandSmoke says...

Albion. wrote:
RollandSmoke wrote:
Albion. wrote:
tyker2 wrote:
sounds very similar to Westfield:excuse after excuse. Will we be reading this story in eight or ten years time?
No.
When your economy relies on retail and service industries it helps if the people have money to spend after their bills are paid. The story of benefit claimants getting a higher % pay rise than workers exposes the fact that wages are being driven down as the benefit rises were merely in line with inflation. Until such a time as employers offer jobs with living wages the retail/service sectors will decline due to people on the minimum being unable to do anything other than window shop. Unless some other industry can be attracted to the region we are doomed although as the industries we have attracted are the gambling and legal loan sharking ones it may already be too late.
As you choose to not work (the very word sends you running for the lavatory/St Johns Wort/cannabis) it wouldn't seem to be any of your business.
The MAJORITY of people work, own cars and live in detached or semi-detached houses, unlike you.
Your right, I should mind my own business when other peoples standards of living are falling, houses are being repossessed ect. and just be grateful that because I've so little I don't have much to loose. However your assumption that my circumstances are something I chose (or anyone else in a simular predicament for that matter) just illustrates the "prejudice and ignorance" that is devideing the nation at the very time it should be pulling together to find solutions to the problems that effect us all. The futures coming what that future will or should look like is a debate that no-one should be excluded from.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: sounds very similar to Westfield:excuse after excuse. Will we be reading this story in eight or ten years time?[/p][/quote]No.[/p][/quote]When your economy relies on retail and service industries it helps if the people have money to spend after their bills are paid. The story of benefit claimants getting a higher % pay rise than workers exposes the fact that wages are being driven down as the benefit rises were merely in line with inflation. Until such a time as employers offer jobs with living wages the retail/service sectors will decline due to people on the minimum being unable to do anything other than window shop. Unless some other industry can be attracted to the region we are doomed although as the industries we have attracted are the gambling and legal loan sharking ones it may already be too late.[/p][/quote]As you choose to not work (the very word sends you running for the lavatory/St Johns Wort/cannabis) it wouldn't seem to be any of your business. The MAJORITY of people work, own cars and live in detached or semi-detached houses, unlike you.[/p][/quote]Your right, I should mind my own business when other peoples standards of living are falling, houses are being repossessed ect. and just be grateful that because I've so little I don't have much to loose. However your assumption that my circumstances are something I chose (or anyone else in a simular predicament for that matter) just illustrates the "prejudice and ignorance" that is devideing the nation at the very time it should be pulling together to find solutions to the problems that effect us all. The futures coming what that future will or should look like is a debate that no-one should be excluded from. RollandSmoke
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12:19pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Albion. says...

"(or anyone else in a simular predicament for that matter)"
No, I was aiming right between the eyes. :-)
"(or anyone else in a simular predicament for that matter)" No, I was aiming right between the eyes. :-) Albion.
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12:29pm Thu 10 Jan 13

RollandSmoke says...

Albion. wrote:
"(or anyone else in a simular predicament for that matter)"
No, I was aiming right between the eyes. :-)
As the force's helicopter isn't out you can't possibly have a line of sight.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: "(or anyone else in a simular predicament for that matter)" No, I was aiming right between the eyes. :-)[/p][/quote]As the force's helicopter isn't out you can't possibly have a line of sight. RollandSmoke
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1:23pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Avro says...

Another "Westfield" situation in the making... and worse still as the tenat negotiations are ongoing but nothing secured as yet..
Another "Westfield" situation in the making... and worse still as the tenat negotiations are ongoing but nothing secured as yet.. Avro
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