Hopes of boost for city centre prospects

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bingley Chamber of Trade chairman Howard Martin Bingley Chamber of Trade chairman Howard Martin

Bradford Council’s hope of boosting the city centre Growth Zone through the arrival of 2,000 workers from across the district has been met with some scepticism.

At the anniversary of the zone’s creation last week, chief executive Tony Reeves told business leaders and traders assembled at the National Media Museum that the city centre was an increasingly attractive investment proposition.

Mr Reeves said one positive result for city centre shops and traders had come from closing outlying Council offices, which meant that 1,000 staff had been relocated to the city centre and another 1,000 education and social care staff were to follow within the next month.

Mr Reeves added that the city was “the engine that drove the district’s economy”.

When asked at the meeting if there would be a parallel negative effect on district business, he said the relocated workers came from areas where there were few shops and they had tended to “eat in Council canteens or have packed lunches”.

Mr Reeves said: “The regeneration of the city centre is a key driver for improving the economy of the whole district, alongside investment and development in our major towns.

“The consolidation of the Council’s estate, including the selling of some Council offices and the reduction in leasing and running costs, has saved £29.4 million.”

Councillor Andrew Mallinson, Craven councillor and chairman of Bradford’s Regeneration and Economy Scrutiny Committee, said over-selling the importance of the city centre was a matter for concern.

Bingley Chamber of Trade chairman Howard Martin said he was fed up with hearing about the city centre. “Bingley is losing its swimming pool, but there’ll be a new one in Bradford centre, Bingley is losing its Council shop, but you can go into Bradford to pay your bills and tax.”

Bingley councillor and businessman John Pennington said he doubted the impact of council workers arriving in the city centre.

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11:02am Wed 11 Dec 13

Albion. says...

I wonder if sick leave will lessen the effect?
I wonder if sick leave will lessen the effect? Albion.

1:05pm Wed 11 Dec 13

angry bradfordian says...

It would be interesting to know if the council workers who have been relocated in the City Centre are being compensated for the cost of working there.
If they're having to pay for city centre parking or First Bus prices they'll be lucky if they've got any money left to spend in the city!
It would be interesting to know if the council workers who have been relocated in the City Centre are being compensated for the cost of working there. If they're having to pay for city centre parking or First Bus prices they'll be lucky if they've got any money left to spend in the city! angry bradfordian

1:50pm Wed 11 Dec 13

basil fawlty says...

The beneficial effects of increasing city centre employmnent can clearly be seen in Leeds where shops, bars and restaurants have flourished as a result.
Whatever happened to the plan to get the Magistrates Court and police headquarters demolished? What plans are in place to get Government investment to drive it forward? Its a key site and is holding up the completion of City Park and the new planned new office developments beside it.
The beneficial effects of increasing city centre employmnent can clearly be seen in Leeds where shops, bars and restaurants have flourished as a result. Whatever happened to the plan to get the Magistrates Court and police headquarters demolished? What plans are in place to get Government investment to drive it forward? Its a key site and is holding up the completion of City Park and the new planned new office developments beside it. basil fawlty

2:56pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

The Hoffster wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
He's such a smug pr*ck
So would you be if you were untouchable...(and on the salary he's on)...
I'd hate to think so but have no way of proving it.

I would be very satisfied with my salary but am guessing a lot less job satisfaction than I have now. I complete my given tasks timely and to near perfection.
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: He's such a smug pr*ck[/p][/quote]So would you be if you were untouchable...(and on the salary he's on)...[/p][/quote]I'd hate to think so but have no way of proving it. I would be very satisfied with my salary but am guessing a lot less job satisfaction than I have now. I complete my given tasks timely and to near perfection. Prisoner Cell Block A

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