VIDEO: Damaged railings on Thornbury roundabout are a cause for concern

Councillor Ghazanfer Khaliq is pictured with a damaged fence on Thornbury roundabout

Councillor Ghazanfer Khaliq is pictured with a damaged fence on Thornbury roundabout

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

A councillor is demanding action over safety railings at a busy Bradford roundabout some of which have gone missing or been damaged.

Councillor Ghazanfer Khaliq, who represents Bradford Moor, has raised concerns over the railings at Thornbury roundabout, which contains a large grassed area regularly used by residents in the area.

The triangular-shaped piece of land is surrounded by busy roads, so safety railings are essential, said Coun Khaliq (Lab).

He told the Telegraph & Argus: “I have recently been made aware that railings at Thornbury roundabout have been taken down and a number have been damaged. I am concerned that if this continues, the space will become unusable and no longer safe for local residents.

“I have made Council officers aware of this issue and asked them to take appropriate action.”

Coun Khaliq added that residents ran a campaign in the 1990s to stop part of the land being sold off by the Council to enable a factory and offices to be built there.

In 1997, the Telegraph & Argus reported how families staged a protest at City Hall over the moves pledging to fight “tooth and nail” against the development of the site.

A 677-name petition was submitted to the authority after it announced it wanted to put a section of the land on the market.

Residents believed the land had been left as public open space, but Council legal experts said a clause in documents dating back to 1929 about the land was not legally binding.

Marketing and packaging firm Lexicon had wanted to build a £3.5 million factory on the land, but abandoned its plans because of the strength of public opposition.

Graeme Atkins, Bradford Council’s area parks and landscape manager, said: “The fencing and stone pillars were damaged when a vehicle ran into them and the fencing panels were removed as they were dangerous.

“We are going to replace the fence panels but until new panels can be fabricated and installed, a temporary fence will be put up.”

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9:33am Sat 19 Apr 14

cityofdreams says...

'residents'... i pass all the time and the only residents ever on here are shabby un-kept horses
'residents'... i pass all the time and the only residents ever on here are shabby un-kept horses cityofdreams
  • Score: 6

10:48am Sat 19 Apr 14

local0 says...

Councillor Ghazanfer Khaliq should be concerned with other issues in his ward and not minor issues such as this. What about issues such as drugs, traffic, litter etc.etc. that belittle this ward. Come on councillor do the job you were put in power to do and listen to the people in the ward. I dont think anyone would be that concerned about the railings when there are more important issues to sort.
Councillor Ghazanfer Khaliq should be concerned with other issues in his ward and not minor issues such as this. What about issues such as drugs, traffic, litter etc.etc. that belittle this ward. Come on councillor do the job you were put in power to do and listen to the people in the ward. I dont think anyone would be that concerned about the railings when there are more important issues to sort. local0
  • Score: 11

12:06pm Sat 19 Apr 14

The Hoffster says...

local0 wrote:
Councillor Ghazanfer Khaliq should be concerned with other issues in his ward and not minor issues such as this. What about issues such as drugs, traffic, litter etc.etc. that belittle this ward. Come on councillor do the job you were put in power to do and listen to the people in the ward. I dont think anyone would be that concerned about the railings when there are more important issues to sort.
How many other Councillors are there in the same ward, and what are *they* doing to sort out the problems you've mentioned?
[quote][p][bold]local0[/bold] wrote: Councillor Ghazanfer Khaliq should be concerned with other issues in his ward and not minor issues such as this. What about issues such as drugs, traffic, litter etc.etc. that belittle this ward. Come on councillor do the job you were put in power to do and listen to the people in the ward. I dont think anyone would be that concerned about the railings when there are more important issues to sort.[/p][/quote]How many other Councillors are there in the same ward, and what are *they* doing to sort out the problems you've mentioned? The Hoffster
  • Score: -1

1:38pm Sat 19 Apr 14

tallulah says...

The railings have been like this for ages, and for anyone wanting to 'play' on the land, it is full of dog/horse poo or the loose horses that are always wandering onto there.
The railings have been like this for ages, and for anyone wanting to 'play' on the land, it is full of dog/horse poo or the loose horses that are always wandering onto there. tallulah
  • Score: 8

1:43pm Sat 19 Apr 14

collos25 says...

Elections must be coming up.
Elections must be coming up. collos25
  • Score: 11

2:40pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Ratters Rat says...

Its hardly a roundabout firstly it isn't round its a triangle. More like a large traffic island. Can we get fact correct.
Secondly why put railings around it never use to have them another ease of money.
Its hardly a roundabout firstly it isn't round its a triangle. More like a large traffic island. Can we get fact correct. Secondly why put railings around it never use to have them another ease of money. Ratters Rat
  • Score: 2

9:52pm Sat 19 Apr 14

johnhem says...

The Hoffster wrote:
local0 wrote:
Councillor Ghazanfer Khaliq should be concerned with other issues in his ward and not minor issues such as this. What about issues such as drugs, traffic, litter etc.etc. that belittle this ward. Come on councillor do the job you were put in power to do and listen to the people in the ward. I dont think anyone would be that concerned about the railings when there are more important issues to sort.
How many other Councillors are there in the same ward, and what are *they* doing to sort out the problems you've mentioned?
if *they* are doing nothing then it is an opportunity for coun. khaliq to shine and show he is earning his wages even if nobody else is. add car insurance to that "to sort" list.
will be a surprise if he does though, those problems would cost too many votes if he sorts them.
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]local0[/bold] wrote: Councillor Ghazanfer Khaliq should be concerned with other issues in his ward and not minor issues such as this. What about issues such as drugs, traffic, litter etc.etc. that belittle this ward. Come on councillor do the job you were put in power to do and listen to the people in the ward. I dont think anyone would be that concerned about the railings when there are more important issues to sort.[/p][/quote]How many other Councillors are there in the same ward, and what are *they* doing to sort out the problems you've mentioned?[/p][/quote]if *they* are doing nothing then it is an opportunity for coun. khaliq to shine and show he is earning his wages even if nobody else is. add car insurance to that "to sort" list. will be a surprise if he does though, those problems would cost too many votes if he sorts them. johnhem
  • Score: 2

10:00pm Sat 19 Apr 14

johnhem says...

nothing to do with this post ..... why are there only 4 stories to comment on, 3 are from Friday, do you want opinions or not T&A. are you afraid of the replies like you were on the forum?
nothing to do with this post ..... why are there only 4 stories to comment on, 3 are from Friday, do you want opinions or not T&A. are you afraid of the replies like you were on the forum? johnhem
  • Score: 3

12:58am Sun 20 Apr 14

bd7 helper says...

Just making a fuss and wasting time
Just making a fuss and wasting time bd7 helper
  • Score: 1

10:44am Sun 20 Apr 14

yezboss says...

Its hardly worth fixing them, no sooner fixed from previous excurtions then some clown drives through them again. Not saying something is not needed, 1) to protect anyone on the centre and 2) stop idiots drivng on (inc itinerents and their caravans) but ARMCO barriers would be better, bounce the vehicles and occupants back where they belong- on the road.
Its hardly worth fixing them, no sooner fixed from previous excurtions then some clown drives through them again. Not saying something is not needed, 1) to protect anyone on the centre and 2) stop idiots drivng on (inc itinerents and their caravans) but ARMCO barriers would be better, bounce the vehicles and occupants back where they belong- on the road. yezboss
  • Score: 3

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