Making Bradford a priority over Shipley, Keighley and Bingley is wrong, say councillors

Towns in the Aire Valley can ill afford to wait for Bradford city centre to get sorted out before they are regenerated, two senior councillors have warned.

They have reacted to a report that says while the towns centres of Keighley, Shipley and Bingley are important to the district, the city centre remains Bradford Council’s number one priority.

Written by Barra Mac Ruairi, the Council’s strategic director for regeneration and Paul North, Airedale Masterplan manager, it highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the three towns, and what has been done in recent months to aid their re-generation.

The report does highlight regeneration projects in the towns, but makes clear: “The Council has the city centre as its number one regeneration priority.

“The district needs a better performing city centre to facilitate the marketing of the district, and the city centre needs a prosperous district to generate the shoppers to spend within our various retail centres. It is unrealistic to expect some of our smaller towns to be able to deliver the variety and store size we should expect from a city centre.”

Green group leader Councillor Martin Love said he was worried that by the time Bradford was regenerated, it might be too late for other towns.

He said: “Improving the three town centres can have benefits for the whole district, especially if it means people stay here instead of going to Leeds to go shopping.

“We can’t be waiting for Bradford to get sorted out, we can’t wait that long. People get into shopping habits and we need them to shop locally.”

Councillor Simon Cooke, the deputy leader of the Conservative group and its regeneration spokesman, said: “You cannot say you are not going to do anything about places like Bingley and Shipley because you are only interested in Bradford city centre.

“The message that consistently comes from the Council is that they are not interested in Bingley and Shipley. Keighley is all right, it is doing OK as a town.

“The idea we should only talk about Bradford city centre is not right. The regeneration of Bradford city centre is a sit-and-wait situation – everything is dependent on Westfield.”

But Council leader David Green denied the Aire Valley towns were being ignored.

He said: “The city centre is the Council’s number one priority but that does not mean we are not doing anything anywhere else. Those people who want to give that impression, they can do so.

“When you look at some of the investment and support that has gone in, you cannot say that we have ignored everywhere else. We have supported big and little developments in these towns.

“Everybody who looks at Bradford city centre recognises that it has been ignored for too long and needs Council attention in partnership with the private sector.”

The report will be considered by Council’s Regeneration Scrutiny Committee which meets at Riverside Mill, Keighley, on Thursday from 5.30pm.

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9:07am Tue 29 Jan 13

Cooperlane2 says...

Force Barra to solely shop in Bradford city centre, then it might get sorted out faster.
Force Barra to solely shop in Bradford city centre, then it might get sorted out faster. Cooperlane2
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9:19am Tue 29 Jan 13

angry bradfordian says...

It a bit rich of the councillors to say that the outlying areas are not taken seriously.

As somebody has highlighted on the T&A forum, Councillor Binney was quoted in yesterday's Independent saying that the Tour de France isn't coming through the City of Bradford (she's suggesting the money should have been spent on buying the Bronte birthplace instead)
I'd agree with the forum poster that not only is it missing an opportunity to promote Bradford tourism in the national press, but I'd be furious if I was a Bradford council tax payer in Ilkley, Keighley or Haworth and a Bradford councillor was suggesting they weren't really part of Bradford.
It a bit rich of the councillors to say that the outlying areas are not taken seriously. As somebody has highlighted on the T&A forum, Councillor Binney was quoted in yesterday's Independent saying that the Tour de France isn't coming through the City of Bradford (she's suggesting the money should have been spent on buying the Bronte birthplace instead) I'd agree with the forum poster that not only is it missing an opportunity to promote Bradford tourism in the national press, but I'd be furious if I was a Bradford council tax payer in Ilkley, Keighley or Haworth and a Bradford councillor was suggesting they weren't really part of Bradford. angry bradfordian
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9:51am Tue 29 Jan 13

thatsnotmyname says...

I think areas like Shipley, Keighley are just getting on with it. A lot of people in Shipley just get the train to work and shop in Leeds.
I think areas like Shipley, Keighley are just getting on with it. A lot of people in Shipley just get the train to work and shop in Leeds. thatsnotmyname
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9:59am Tue 29 Jan 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

I though the council bought loads of parking meters for the towns of Shipley and Bingley so clearly they are no being ignored ;-)
I though the council bought loads of parking meters for the towns of Shipley and Bingley so clearly they are no being ignored ;-) Thee Voice of Reason
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10:59am Tue 29 Jan 13

Joedavid says...

Cooperlane2 wrote:
Force Barra to solely shop in Bradford city centre, then it might get sorted out faster.
As I think he lives in Sheffield surely he shops there.
Anyway if Bradford Centre is getting priority I hate to see it if it wasn't.
I do not think anything happening in Bradford shopping centre except decline.
[quote][p][bold]Cooperlane2[/bold] wrote: Force Barra to solely shop in Bradford city centre, then it might get sorted out faster.[/p][/quote]As I think he lives in Sheffield surely he shops there. Anyway if Bradford Centre is getting priority I hate to see it if it wasn't. I do not think anything happening in Bradford shopping centre except decline. Joedavid
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11:04am Tue 29 Jan 13

Albion. says...

After people in Keighley, Bingley and Shipley were forced to endure being made part of Bradford Met. I think it would only be fair to allow them a vote on forming a breakaway joint council, totally separate from Bradford. I don't think that there would be much doubt as to the outcome of such a referendum.
In every way that can be imagined, Bradford is the millstone around the necks of it's surroundings and the excrement on the well-heeled shoe of the outer regions.
After people in Keighley, Bingley and Shipley were forced to endure being made part of Bradford Met. I think it would only be fair to allow them a vote on forming a breakaway joint council, totally separate from Bradford. I don't think that there would be much doubt as to the outcome of such a referendum. In every way that can be imagined, Bradford is the millstone around the necks of it's surroundings and the excrement on the well-heeled shoe of the outer regions. Albion.
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11:50am Tue 29 Jan 13

BaildonGuy says...

The problem is Bradford; there is just so much wrong with it that the outlying districts don’t get a look in, despite providing the lion’s share of the income. City Hall is overwhelmed with problems, admittedly most of them of their own making, but there’s no point in looking backwards.

The time has come to split BMDC into two districts, Bradford and Airedale, headquartered in Keighley.
The problem is Bradford; there is just so much wrong with it that the outlying districts don’t get a look in, despite providing the lion’s share of the income. City Hall is overwhelmed with problems, admittedly most of them of their own making, but there’s no point in looking backwards. The time has come to split BMDC into two districts, Bradford and Airedale, headquartered in Keighley. BaildonGuy
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12:06pm Tue 29 Jan 13

MontyLeMar says...

I think the councillors are being a bit silly. What they really meant to say was that they are embarrassed to be associated with Bradford and feel that the towns within the MDC are being held back because businesses will not invest in Bradford. They are probably right. But as Joedavid points out if this is what we get when Bradford is a priority, god help us. All we seem to get is endless impenetrable reports from Barra and empty promises from Westfield while Leeds goes from strength to strength.
I think the councillors are being a bit silly. What they really meant to say was that they are embarrassed to be associated with Bradford and feel that the towns within the MDC are being held back because businesses will not invest in Bradford. They are probably right. But as Joedavid points out if this is what we get when Bradford is a priority, god help us. All we seem to get is endless impenetrable reports from Barra and empty promises from Westfield while Leeds goes from strength to strength. MontyLeMar
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12:53pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Outraged English Subject says...

“Bradford is a priority” Out-and-out nonsense, Bradford was abandon decades ago it’s a simple fact and we all know why.
“Bradford is a priority” Out-and-out nonsense, Bradford was abandon decades ago it’s a simple fact and we all know why. Outraged English Subject
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1:47pm Tue 29 Jan 13

basil fawlty says...

The main reason that Bradford should remain the priority is because it is by far the districts largest town and has had a large proportion of its shopping area demolished for 10 years.
It may suit local politicians to try to talk about a breakaway from the city but that will just weaken the districts voice on the national stage.
The most important thing that local politicians throughout the district should be doing is trying to remove the unofficial 'sink city' status of Bradford. They should also challenge the illogical way that public money is thrown at successful places like Leeds. Not only does it deprive Bradford of desperatley needed investment but it also sucks the life out of the city as businesses continue to move out of the city to the overly subsidised places like Leeds. Madness!
The main reason that Bradford should remain the priority is because it is by far the districts largest town and has had a large proportion of its shopping area demolished for 10 years. It may suit local politicians to try to talk about a breakaway from the city but that will just weaken the districts voice on the national stage. The most important thing that local politicians throughout the district should be doing is trying to remove the unofficial 'sink city' status of Bradford. They should also challenge the illogical way that public money is thrown at successful places like Leeds. Not only does it deprive Bradford of desperatley needed investment but it also sucks the life out of the city as businesses continue to move out of the city to the overly subsidised places like Leeds. Madness! basil fawlty
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2:51pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Outraged English Subject wrote:
“Bradford is a priority” Out-and-out nonsense, Bradford was abandon decades ago it’s a simple fact and we all know why.
Care to enlighten us?

Demise of the wool trade?

Loss of a meaningful shopping area?

Please impart your wisdom.
[quote][p][bold]Outraged English Subject[/bold] wrote: “Bradford is a priority” Out-and-out nonsense, Bradford was abandon decades ago it’s a simple fact and we all know why.[/p][/quote]Care to enlighten us? Demise of the wool trade? Loss of a meaningful shopping area? Please impart your wisdom. Prisoner Cell Block A
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3:25pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Outraged English Subject says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Outraged English Subject wrote:
“Bradford is a priority” Out-and-out nonsense, Bradford was abandon decades ago it’s a simple fact and we all know why.
Care to enlighten us?

Demise of the wool trade?

Loss of a meaningful shopping area?

Please impart your wisdom.
NO! I’ve ask you before on many occasions and very politely to leave me alone, once again I find it necessary to ask you respectfully to leave me alone. I have and shall never have any need for you to engage me in any conversion ever. Kind regards.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Outraged English Subject[/bold] wrote: “Bradford is a priority” Out-and-out nonsense, Bradford was abandon decades ago it’s a simple fact and we all know why.[/p][/quote]Care to enlighten us? Demise of the wool trade? Loss of a meaningful shopping area? Please impart your wisdom.[/p][/quote]NO! I’ve ask you before on many occasions and very politely to leave me alone, once again I find it necessary to ask you respectfully to leave me alone. I have and shall never have any need for you to engage me in any conversion ever. Kind regards. Outraged English Subject
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3:28pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Outraged English Subject says...

Outraged English Subject wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Outraged English Subject wrote:
“Bradford is a priority” Out-and-out nonsense, Bradford was abandon decades ago it’s a simple fact and we all know why.
Care to enlighten us?

Demise of the wool trade?

Loss of a meaningful shopping area?

Please impart your wisdom.
NO! I’ve ask you before on many occasions and very politely to leave me alone, once again I find it necessary to ask you respectfully to leave me alone. I have and shall never have any need for you to engage me in any conversion ever. Kind regards.
NO! I’ve ask you before on many occasions and very politely to leave me alone, once again I find it necessary to ask you respectfully to leave me alone. I have and shall never have any need for you to engage me in any conversation ever. Kind regards.
[quote][p][bold]Outraged English Subject[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Outraged English Subject[/bold] wrote: “Bradford is a priority” Out-and-out nonsense, Bradford was abandon decades ago it’s a simple fact and we all know why.[/p][/quote]Care to enlighten us? Demise of the wool trade? Loss of a meaningful shopping area? Please impart your wisdom.[/p][/quote]NO! I’ve ask you before on many occasions and very politely to leave me alone, once again I find it necessary to ask you respectfully to leave me alone. I have and shall never have any need for you to engage me in any conversion ever. Kind regards.[/p][/quote]NO! I’ve ask you before on many occasions and very politely to leave me alone, once again I find it necessary to ask you respectfully to leave me alone. I have and shall never have any need for you to engage me in any conversation ever. Kind regards. Outraged English Subject
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4:15pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Outraged English Subject wrote:
Outraged English Subject wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Outraged English Subject wrote:
“Bradford is a priority” Out-and-out nonsense, Bradford was abandon decades ago it’s a simple fact and we all know why.
Care to enlighten us?

Demise of the wool trade?

Loss of a meaningful shopping area?

Please impart your wisdom.
NO! I’ve ask you before on many occasions and very politely to leave me alone, once again I find it necessary to ask you respectfully to leave me alone. I have and shall never have any need for you to engage me in any conversion ever. Kind regards.
NO! I’ve ask you before on many occasions and very politely to leave me alone, once again I find it necessary to ask you respectfully to leave me alone. I have and shall never have any need for you to engage me in any conversation ever. Kind regards.
I am responding conversationally to a comment you made, don't want responses, do not comment.

Still not going to enlighten any of us as to why it is 'a simple fact' Bradford has been abandoned?

I hardly think a reply would kill you, I am not being rude nor malicious, I am posing my responses to your self in a polite manner, are you not able to do the same?

Is there a reason for that too?
[quote][p][bold]Outraged English Subject[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Outraged English Subject[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Outraged English Subject[/bold] wrote: “Bradford is a priority” Out-and-out nonsense, Bradford was abandon decades ago it’s a simple fact and we all know why.[/p][/quote]Care to enlighten us? Demise of the wool trade? Loss of a meaningful shopping area? Please impart your wisdom.[/p][/quote]NO! I’ve ask you before on many occasions and very politely to leave me alone, once again I find it necessary to ask you respectfully to leave me alone. I have and shall never have any need for you to engage me in any conversion ever. Kind regards.[/p][/quote]NO! I’ve ask you before on many occasions and very politely to leave me alone, once again I find it necessary to ask you respectfully to leave me alone. I have and shall never have any need for you to engage me in any conversation ever. Kind regards.[/p][/quote]I am responding conversationally to a comment you made, don't want responses, do not comment. Still not going to enlighten any of us as to why it is 'a simple fact' Bradford has been abandoned? I hardly think a reply would kill you, I am not being rude nor malicious, I am posing my responses to your self in a polite manner, are you not able to do the same? Is there a reason for that too? Prisoner Cell Block A
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9:55pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Outraged English Subject says...

PWT!
PWT! Outraged English Subject
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