Row breaks out over Bradford Council chief’s new office doors

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Lib Dem leader Councillor Jeanette Sunderland Lib Dem leader Councillor Jeanette Sunderland

A row has broken out over new double doors installed at a cost of £4,000 near the City Hall office of Bradford Council’s chief executive.

The Liberal Democrats have condemned the decision to install the wood-and-glass doors in the corridor at City Hall leading to Tony Reeves’ office.

But the Labour-led authority has defended the spend, saying the old 1960s doors did not meet fire safety or security standards.

Lib Dem leader Councillor Jeanette Sunderland said she was “shocked” to discover the new doors when she went to meet Mr Reeves.

She said: “It is outrageous anyone would consider spending that kind of money on a door.

Coun Sunderland asked why money could be found for this work when cuts were being made to home care for the vulnerable.

But Mike Cowlam, Bradford Council’s interim strategic director for regeneration, said: “City Hall is undergoing a programme of essential repairs and restoration. The existing doors were installed in the 1960s and do not achieve current fire safety or acceptable security standards and therefore required replacement.

“City Hall is an important listed building and the Council has an obligation to carry out repairs.”

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