‘Help us cope with night-time trading in Great Horton Road'

FEARS: Amjad Ahmed, Najeeb Khan and Nazam Azam meet at Grange Interlink Community Centre to discuss the problem of many late-night businesses in the Great Horton Road area

FEARS: Amjad Ahmed, Najeeb Khan and Nazam Azam meet at Grange Interlink Community Centre to discuss the problem of many late-night businesses in the Great Horton Road area

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

The growing late-night economy along one of the main roads into Bradford is an issue that needs to be dealt with sooner rather than later, according to residents and councillors.

People on the busy Great Horton Road have been calling on Bradford Council to act on the growing number of takeaways and cafes with licenses to stay open until the early hours.

They say the fact that the area is fast becoming a popular nightspot is leading to anti-social behaviour, dangerous driving, illegal parking and increased litter. Coun Ruqayyah Collector (Bradford Independent Group, City) has asked Council leader David Green whether the authority has set up a proper strategy to deal with the late night economy. He replied by saying police, the Council and the neighbourhood services was working on a “range of issues to start to address some of the anti social problems in the area.”

He said forum meetings would continue to review action being taken, and the Council was working on a “co-ordinated approach” between planning, transport and highways officers to look at future developments. The authority is also working on a supplementary planning document to deal with future applications for food outlets.

Coun Nazam Azam (Labour, City) said: “We have to balance things between the businesses and residents, but that balance has never been in place.

“Businesses open but the infrastructure is not in place. We need a plan for the area, something we can look at as a Council. The residents were here first, and they have to deal with all the anti-social elements businesses attract. I am not against the businesses, but something needs to be done to help the balance and make sure the infrastructure is there for new businesses. My priority is the residents.”

Najib Khan, of the Shearbridge Residents’ Association, said there was no sign of the night-time economy slowing down, and that proposed developments, including a £10 million new Bradford College building planned for a car park, would only make traffic in the area worse. He said: “We need something done soon. We are not willing to wait forever for something to be done. This is down to the Council approving a lot of planning and licensing applications without looking at the bigger picture. If the Council takes too long to come up with a plan for the area we could have even more approvals for takeaways in the mean time.”

Councillor Arshad Hussain (Lab), chairman of Bradford West Area Committee, said: “All the different agencies are working together to resolve the issues on Great Horton Road. It will take a bit of time but I’m sure we will get there.”

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6:15am Mon 7 Apr 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

I've stopped driving up there on my way home in an evening. You get double parking as the drivers are talking to their pals side by side causing congestion. It seems quite a lawless part of the city and there are plenty of lunatics speeding who the police can drag in if they dare tackle them.
I've stopped driving up there on my way home in an evening. You get double parking as the drivers are talking to their pals side by side causing congestion. It seems quite a lawless part of the city and there are plenty of lunatics speeding who the police can drag in if they dare tackle them. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 36

7:10am Mon 7 Apr 14

collos25 says...

What police
What police collos25
  • Score: 28

7:30am Mon 7 Apr 14

bd7 helper says...

Council making money from late night take outs!!!
Council making money from late night take outs!!! bd7 helper
  • Score: 10

7:52am Mon 7 Apr 14

Apollo says...

collos25 wrote:
What police
Police will avoid the area like the plague. If they did stop anyone they would quickly be surrounded by further idiots acting to intimidate them.

In fact the Police will have been told specifically not to stop anyone and to avoid the area making it yet another no-go area of Bradford.

Best avoided.
[quote][p][bold]collos25[/bold] wrote: What police[/p][/quote]Police will avoid the area like the plague. If they did stop anyone they would quickly be surrounded by further idiots acting to intimidate them. In fact the Police will have been told specifically not to stop anyone and to avoid the area making it yet another no-go area of Bradford. Best avoided. Apollo
  • Score: 20

8:51am Mon 7 Apr 14

allannicho says...

Third World area Innit !
Third World area Innit ! allannicho
  • Score: 18

9:46am Mon 7 Apr 14

alive and awake says...

It seems to me that most of these business premises aren't actually do much trade, can't imagine why they are even there. (much)
It seems to me that most of these business premises aren't actually do much trade, can't imagine why they are even there. (much) alive and awake
  • Score: 14

10:54am Mon 7 Apr 14

999 number of the beast says...

allannicho wrote:
Third World area Innit !
Careful you might agitate 'The Hoff' with that statement.
[quote][p][bold]allannicho[/bold] wrote: Third World area Innit ![/p][/quote]Careful you might agitate 'The Hoff' with that statement. 999 number of the beast
  • Score: 5

10:58am Mon 7 Apr 14

micela22 says...

never see police on Great Horton Road, don`t oppose late night businesses as adds a vibrancy & potential to bring into line with other `successful` cities, shops traditionally closing at 5pm is restrictive, there do seem to be a lot of takeaways, bad parking, but people being around could reduce residential crime?? could be used as an opportunity to make the area `unique` if it was planned & policed correctly - again paid for by the council tax payers
never see police on Great Horton Road, don`t oppose late night businesses as adds a vibrancy & potential to bring into line with other `successful` cities, shops traditionally closing at 5pm is restrictive, there do seem to be a lot of takeaways, bad parking, but people being around could reduce residential crime?? could be used as an opportunity to make the area `unique` if it was planned & policed correctly - again paid for by the council tax payers micela22
  • Score: -10

12:33pm Mon 7 Apr 14

The Hoffster says...

999 number of the beast wrote:
allannicho wrote:
Third World area Innit !
Careful you might agitate 'The Hoff' with that statement.
Grrrr.......
[quote][p][bold]999 number of the beast[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]allannicho[/bold] wrote: Third World area Innit ![/p][/quote]Careful you might agitate 'The Hoff' with that statement.[/p][/quote]Grrrr....... The Hoffster
  • Score: 3

12:56pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Out of site says...

Best not comment on this one
Best not comment on this one Out of site
  • Score: -2

1:11pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Jos7764 says...

The businesses are not doing anything wrong. Why cant people be educated to have more respect for others. Surely a few good manners and thought for others would be much more acceptable. Instead of double parking and racing up and down go into the cafe, take away etc and have your socialising there instead of sitting in cars and racing round.
The businesses are not doing anything wrong. Why cant people be educated to have more respect for others. Surely a few good manners and thought for others would be much more acceptable. Instead of double parking and racing up and down go into the cafe, take away etc and have your socialising there instead of sitting in cars and racing round. Jos7764
  • Score: 17

1:21pm Mon 7 Apr 14

local0 says...

micela22 wrote:
never see police on Great Horton Road, don`t oppose late night businesses as adds a vibrancy & potential to bring into line with other `successful` cities, shops traditionally closing at 5pm is restrictive, there do seem to be a lot of takeaways, bad parking, but people being around could reduce residential crime?? could be used as an opportunity to make the area `unique` if it was planned & policed correctly - again paid for by the council tax payers
correctly planned by council and policed correctly by police. You must be joking. They are not around to enforce the issues that are making local residents lives a misery. I think you need to think about what the article is stating.People who use the businesses in the area, many come from out of the area and park without any consideration for others and are the cause of the many issues such as ASB,speeding,litter dropping etc. so it needs the council wardens and police to have a presence to enforce and put a stop to the problamatic issues in question. I agree that the businesses cannot be blamed for the actions of their customers but surely there are enough businesses along Great Horton Road and any more similar businesses would not only have an effect on takings of the ones already trading, but also add to and make the issues mentioned worse. Come on Bradford Council and Police do your job without making excuses and false promises and as one of your councillors admits there is no room for allowing more of theses businesses to open without firstly having the infrastructure in place. By this does he mean car parking spaces? etc.
[quote][p][bold]micela22[/bold] wrote: never see police on Great Horton Road, don`t oppose late night businesses as adds a vibrancy & potential to bring into line with other `successful` cities, shops traditionally closing at 5pm is restrictive, there do seem to be a lot of takeaways, bad parking, but people being around could reduce residential crime?? could be used as an opportunity to make the area `unique` if it was planned & policed correctly - again paid for by the council tax payers[/p][/quote]correctly planned by council and policed correctly by police. You must be joking. They are not around to enforce the issues that are making local residents lives a misery. I think you need to think about what the article is stating.People who use the businesses in the area, many come from out of the area and park without any consideration for others and are the cause of the many issues such as ASB,speeding,litter dropping etc. so it needs the council wardens and police to have a presence to enforce and put a stop to the problamatic issues in question. I agree that the businesses cannot be blamed for the actions of their customers but surely there are enough businesses along Great Horton Road and any more similar businesses would not only have an effect on takings of the ones already trading, but also add to and make the issues mentioned worse. Come on Bradford Council and Police do your job without making excuses and false promises and as one of your councillors admits there is no room for allowing more of theses businesses to open without firstly having the infrastructure in place. By this does he mean car parking spaces? etc. local0
  • Score: 6

1:22pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Not so simple says...

Jos7764 wrote:
The businesses are not doing anything wrong. Why cant people be educated to have more respect for others. Surely a few good manners and thought for others would be much more acceptable. Instead of double parking and racing up and down go into the cafe, take away etc and have your socialising there instead of sitting in cars and racing round.
The youth are a reflection of its teachers and role models:

Bradford has a joke of a council with a rubber spine: welcome to the future as it doesn't look good on the manners and respect front. Nor does it look better on the accountability and prosperity front.
[quote][p][bold]Jos7764[/bold] wrote: The businesses are not doing anything wrong. Why cant people be educated to have more respect for others. Surely a few good manners and thought for others would be much more acceptable. Instead of double parking and racing up and down go into the cafe, take away etc and have your socialising there instead of sitting in cars and racing round.[/p][/quote]The youth are a reflection of its teachers and role models: Bradford has a joke of a council with a rubber spine: welcome to the future as it doesn't look good on the manners and respect front. Nor does it look better on the accountability and prosperity front. Not so simple
  • Score: 12

8:36pm Mon 7 Apr 14

bobbyo says...

Sh** hole .
Sh** hole . bobbyo
  • Score: 1

11:56pm Mon 7 Apr 14

mrs walker says...

I'm fed up with the general lack of consideration shown by road users round there. A few weeks ago I was driving down and the road was blocked by a car, facing the wrong way, double-parked, while the driver waited for their mate to come out of a takeaway. The driver just didn't care because their 'mission' was evidently more important than anyone else in the vicinity.

People, you have legs. Park the bloody car and walk to the shop, you feckless idle wasters.
I'm fed up with the general lack of consideration shown by road users round there. A few weeks ago I was driving down and the road was blocked by a car, facing the wrong way, double-parked, while the driver waited for their mate to come out of a takeaway. The driver just didn't care because their 'mission' was evidently more important than anyone else in the vicinity. People, you have legs. Park the bloody car and walk to the shop, you feckless idle wasters. mrs walker
  • Score: 4

12:21am Tue 8 Apr 14

Mp bfd9 says...

Wasters the lot of you jokers the police are the problem and the council who gains from all this the treasury tax tax and tax then remember all the **** up jokers maybe had a little bit of respect would never let anything like this happen, can't see how the council fix a thing give head a shake
Wasters the lot of you jokers the police are the problem and the council who gains from all this the treasury tax tax and tax then remember all the **** up jokers maybe had a little bit of respect would never let anything like this happen, can't see how the council fix a thing give head a shake Mp bfd9
  • Score: -1

1:52am Tue 8 Apr 14

tinytoonster says...

Stop buying them takeaways mo!!
Stop buying them takeaways mo!! tinytoonster
  • Score: 2

6:59am Tue 8 Apr 14

food_for_thought says...

Mp bfd9 wrote:
Wasters the lot of you jokers the police are the problem and the council who gains from all this the treasury tax tax and tax then remember all the **** up jokers maybe had a little bit of respect would never let anything like this happen, can't see how the council fix a thing give head a shake
Whatever he/she is on should be banned! Oh...on second thoughts maybe it is already?
[quote][p][bold]Mp bfd9[/bold] wrote: Wasters the lot of you jokers the police are the problem and the council who gains from all this the treasury tax tax and tax then remember all the **** up jokers maybe had a little bit of respect would never let anything like this happen, can't see how the council fix a thing give head a shake[/p][/quote]Whatever he/she is on should be banned! Oh...on second thoughts maybe it is already? food_for_thought
  • Score: 2

1:34pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Smell the coffee says...

I dont drive down Great Horton simply because it is upsetting. I recall Great Horton in the 70's and seen its gradual decline. You cant help but feel helpless as more and more of Bradford is infested with scum
I dont drive down Great Horton simply because it is upsetting. I recall Great Horton in the 70's and seen its gradual decline. You cant help but feel helpless as more and more of Bradford is infested with scum Smell the coffee
  • Score: 4

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