UPDATED: Campaigners protest at Shipley supermarkets meeting

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Town centre traders protest ahead of Shipley supermarkets meeting Town centre traders protest ahead of Shipley supermarkets meeting

A meeting to decide the three-way battle to build a new supermarket in Shipley has been taking place today in the town’s library.

Bradford Council’s Regulatory and Appeals committee called the special meeting to choose between proposals by developers GMI, Morrisons, and Shipley shopfitting firm, Cardinal’s.

After hearing today’s presentations, the committee will visit each site tomorrow before making a decision.
 

Presenting its proposal, which involves the construction of a new supermarket on the company’s existing Airedale Mills site, Tim Considine, Joint Managing Director of Cardinals, asked the committee to consider the amount of jobs that would be retained and created in Shipley by the scheme.

He added that the firm’s planning application was the “only opportunity to generate enough capital for relocation and growth.”

GMI, which wants to build a supermarket, cafe, petrol station and new rail maintenance depot on the Otley Road site currently occupied by scrap metal recycling firm, Crossley Evans, said its proposal would “transform Shipley and have a positive impact on the town and its visitors.”

Managing Director, Chris Gilman, added that the GMI scheme, which has been recommended for approval by a Bradford Council report, represented the only edge of town centre site that could compete with Shipley’s ASDA supermarket.

Morrisons, which is looking to develop land at Crag Road, Shipley, was due to outline its development plans later this afternoon.

A demonstration by the Hall Royd Residents Association, a group against any of the proposed supermarket developments, took place outside the library as council members and presenters arrived this morning.

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12:48pm Thu 19 Dec 13

shipleyneighbour says...

not just traders - there were plenty of local residents all of whom thought the Crossley development particularly was crazy, and the vast majority of passers by all said Shipley "doesn't need a new supermarket"
not just traders - there were plenty of local residents all of whom thought the Crossley development particularly was crazy, and the vast majority of passers by all said Shipley "doesn't need a new supermarket" shipleyneighbour

3:32pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Yorkshire Lass says...

Doesn't matter how many citizens protest. This Council does not listen to anyone. They seem to have their own agenda and secret meetings. Are they not accountable to the public, having been voted in by them?
Doesn't matter how many citizens protest. This Council does not listen to anyone. They seem to have their own agenda and secret meetings. Are they not accountable to the public, having been voted in by them? Yorkshire Lass

4:25pm Thu 19 Dec 13

gruffalo66 says...

I for one would like to say THANK YOU BRADFORD COUNCIL PLANNERS. Keep up the good work and for goodness sake don't listen to the public. They are a nuisance and just can't accept that you know what's best for everyone. If the public don't like it they should just move somewhere else, just like all the shops and rich people have.
I for one would like to say THANK YOU BRADFORD COUNCIL PLANNERS. Keep up the good work and for goodness sake don't listen to the public. They are a nuisance and just can't accept that you know what's best for everyone. If the public don't like it they should just move somewhere else, just like all the shops and rich people have. gruffalo66

4:48pm Thu 19 Dec 13

gruffalo66 says...

Yorkshire Lass wrote:
Doesn't matter how many citizens protest. This Council does not listen to anyone. They seem to have their own agenda and secret meetings. Are they not accountable to the public, having been voted in by them?
Firstly, regarding secret meetings - do you really expect developers to buy lunch for everyone?
And secondly, the council is not voted in by the public. You are confused and are probably thinking of councillors. To clear up any confusion, Shipley councillors do not make important decisions about Shipley. Council planners do. Then councillors from somewhere else are bussed in to have a look around and sign things off. This stops the unimaginable chaos that would ensue if local councillors got involved. Local councillors are elected by local people - there's clearly a big risk that they might get confused and side with local people instead of the planners. I hope that makes sense?
[quote][p][bold]Yorkshire Lass[/bold] wrote: Doesn't matter how many citizens protest. This Council does not listen to anyone. They seem to have their own agenda and secret meetings. Are they not accountable to the public, having been voted in by them?[/p][/quote]Firstly, regarding secret meetings - do you really expect developers to buy lunch for everyone? And secondly, the council is not voted in by the public. You are confused and are probably thinking of councillors. To clear up any confusion, Shipley councillors do not make important decisions about Shipley. Council planners do. Then councillors from somewhere else are bussed in to have a look around and sign things off. This stops the unimaginable chaos that would ensue if local councillors got involved. Local councillors are elected by local people - there's clearly a big risk that they might get confused and side with local people instead of the planners. I hope that makes sense? gruffalo66

7:12pm Thu 19 Dec 13

thatsnotmyname says...

What is the point of this, the owners of the land have told Crossley Evans to be off by April regardless of if the supermarket gets built there or not.
What is the point of this, the owners of the land have told Crossley Evans to be off by April regardless of if the supermarket gets built there or not. thatsnotmyname

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