Town manager Bob Parker tells of his vision

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bob Parker Bob Parker

Bingley’s new town centre manager has spoken of his desire to revitalise the town to make it a more appealing place for people to visit and spend time.

Four weeks into his new job and Bob Parker has pinpointed the issues that are crucial to Bingley’s future success, including ongoing work to find a sustainable future for the market, the progress of a long-awaited supermarket development and the need to make the most of the town’s “wonderful independent shops”.

Mr Parker believes the area has lots to offer, but is in need of revitalising.

“Another year down the line and Bingley will be a place people want to come and spend time,” said Mr Parker, who has 16 years’ experience of town centre management.

The post, which involves working with local businesses, organising events, promoting the town and helping to keep it clean, safe and accessible, had been empty since May 2011 when David Dinsey retired.

Mr Parker, who lives in Nab Wood, said: “Bingley has a very good catchment area and we want to get those people back shopping in the area as a first choice as opposed to going off to Leeds.

“There’s a lot going for the town centre. We’ve got some absolutely wonderful independent shops. It’s well worth a visit for gifts or shoes or ladies’ clothing.”

But Mr Parker said waiting to hear if Sainsbury’s will move to the town was a concern.

The supermarket giant owns the former Bradford and Bingley headquarters in the town centre, which has been empty since 2009, and is due to announce if it will develop the site this year.

Mr Parker, 59, said that could have a “huge impact” on the town.

Another key issue for Mr Parker is the future of the town’s market which runs three times a week, but did not open one day last month during poor weather.

He said the market had a future though and was talking to Bradford Council about it.

“That has been quite positive. We’re looking to find a sustainable solution to increase the market stores in Bingley, it’s just about how we move forward,” he added.

Mr Parker also hopes to take advantage of the town’s rural location and get a farmers’ market established.

He said it was also important for traders to benefit from established events, such as Bingley Show and Bingley Music Live, as well as developing new ones.

Mr Parker splits his week between Bingley and his City Centre Operations Manager role in Bradford, where he also has responsibility for City park. From April he will take semi-retirement and just work in Bingley.

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11:04am Fri 8 Feb 13

Albion. says...

I found this quite encouraging until I read the last paragraph.
I found this quite encouraging until I read the last paragraph. Albion.
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12:00pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Joedavid says...

Albion. wrote:
I found this quite encouraging until I read the last paragraph.
You frightened you might get fountains and a pool?
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: I found this quite encouraging until I read the last paragraph.[/p][/quote]You frightened you might get fountains and a pool? Joedavid
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12:53pm Fri 8 Feb 13

BD16 says...

Albion. wrote:
I found this quite encouraging until I read the last paragraph.
I know what you mean but being responsible for city park and having responsibility for city park are different things.

The farmers market sounds like a decent idea.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: I found this quite encouraging until I read the last paragraph.[/p][/quote]I know what you mean but being responsible for city park and having responsibility for city park are different things. The farmers market sounds like a decent idea. BD16
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5:59pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Outraged English Subject says...

I found this quite encouraging until I read the first comment.
I found this quite encouraging until I read the first comment. Outraged English Subject
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6:24pm Fri 8 Feb 13

bhuna156 says...

Albion. wrote:
I found this quite encouraging until I read the last paragraph.
That's the most encouraging thing about this due to City Park's huge impact in bringing people into Bradford city centre.

You'll try deny it but facts say different.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: I found this quite encouraging until I read the last paragraph.[/p][/quote]That's the most encouraging thing about this due to City Park's huge impact in bringing people into Bradford city centre. You'll try deny it but facts say different. bhuna156
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6:31pm Fri 8 Feb 13

bhuna156 says...

Bingley was much better when it had the Myrtle Walk shopping centre.... The new 5Rise one is rubbish and has less shops!
Bingley was much better when it had the Myrtle Walk shopping centre.... The new 5Rise one is rubbish and has less shops! bhuna156
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7:26pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Outraged English Subject says...

bhuna156 wrote:
Bingley was much better when it had the Myrtle Walk shopping centre.... The new 5Rise one is rubbish and has less shops!
Agree.
[quote][p][bold]bhuna156[/bold] wrote: Bingley was much better when it had the Myrtle Walk shopping centre.... The new 5Rise one is rubbish and has less shops![/p][/quote]Agree. Outraged English Subject
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9:20pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Mike1948 says...

It would be very good if Ilkley had somebody like this as well !!
It would be very good if Ilkley had somebody like this as well !! Mike1948
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10:39am Sat 9 Feb 13

Joedavid says...

Mike1948 wrote:
It would be very good if Ilkley had somebody like this as well !!
You want to be like Bradford and Bingley?
[quote][p][bold]Mike1948[/bold] wrote: It would be very good if Ilkley had somebody like this as well !![/p][/quote]You want to be like Bradford and Bingley? Joedavid
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8:50am Sun 10 Feb 13

bingleytrader says...

I hope Mr Parker rembers there are other business in Bingley not just the ones on Main st & includes them in his plans
I hope Mr Parker rembers there are other business in Bingley not just the ones on Main st & includes them in his plans bingleytrader
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