Work starts on £1m makeover of Bradford city centre streets

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Darley Street and Kirkgate are undergoing a £1 million makeover Darley Street and Kirkgate are undergoing a £1 million makeover

WORK has started on a £1 million makeover designed to spruce up the Kirkgate area of Bradford city centre and transform it into a thoroughfare to link the Broadway development to the Kirkgate centre.

Bradford Council is keen to ensure that shoppers and visitors are able to move freely between the new Westfield shopping centre, which is under construction, and the existing city centre.

A series of changes will be made, including the installation of new natural stone pave, to place the concrete flooring and grey herringbone surface which has been in place on the pedestrianised area.

Street furniture will also be replaced, with new signs and lighting to match that already installed elsewhere in the city centre.

Semi-mature trees will be planted as part of the project, which will see a new Kirkgate Square created at the junction with Darley Street.

That will feature a raised grassy area and informal granite seating which will be similar in appearance to those already in place in City Park.

Money for the scheme has come from the Regional Growth Fund and the project is the final link in a scheme to upgrade streets throughout the city centre.

Darley Street, Prince's Way, City Park and Market Street have already benefitted from improvements.

Bradford Council leader, Councillor David Green, said: "The new Kirkgate square will create an informal meeting space and seating area and turn the whole street into a pleasant green area which should increase footfall from both visitors and residents.

"We are putting in this investment to ensure visitors flow to and from the new Westfield shopping development to the higher end of the city centre so that Bradford is a desirable shopping destination in its entirety.

"Work will complete by December this year," he said.

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7:20pm Thu 12 Jun 14

bachtothefuture says...

Didn't they resurface Kirkgate a couple of years back?
Didn't they resurface Kirkgate a couple of years back? bachtothefuture
  • Score: 9

8:06pm Thu 12 Jun 14

ConcernedOne says...

This was done just a few years back. Does someone on the council make money each time it gets done?
This was done just a few years back. Does someone on the council make money each time it gets done? ConcernedOne
  • Score: 5

8:54pm Thu 12 Jun 14

thatsnotmyname says...

The council isn't paying for it, if we don't spend it another city will so stop moaning.
The council isn't paying for it, if we don't spend it another city will so stop moaning. thatsnotmyname
  • Score: 10

10:12pm Thu 12 Jun 14

pcmanners says...

thatsnotmyname wrote:
The council isn't paying for it, if we don't spend it another city will so stop moaning.
In times of austerity when our Government is having to clean up the mess that Labour left it is totally irresponsible of these socialists in City Hall to be wasting money in this way. It is behaviour like this that got the country into a mess and the best reason for keeping Labour out of power forever.
[quote][p][bold]thatsnotmyname[/bold] wrote: The council isn't paying for it, if we don't spend it another city will so stop moaning.[/p][/quote]In times of austerity when our Government is having to clean up the mess that Labour left it is totally irresponsible of these socialists in City Hall to be wasting money in this way. It is behaviour like this that got the country into a mess and the best reason for keeping Labour out of power forever. pcmanners
  • Score: -11

10:28pm Thu 12 Jun 14

FinlandStation says...

pcmanners wrote:
thatsnotmyname wrote:
The council isn't paying for it, if we don't spend it another city will so stop moaning.
In times of austerity when our Government is having to clean up the mess that Labour left it is totally irresponsible of these socialists in City Hall to be wasting money in this way. It is behaviour like this that got the country into a mess and the best reason for keeping Labour out of power forever.
Unfortunately he’s got a point.

Cllr Green has just shot his own foot off and that of the national party as well. This is an irresponsible waste, no matter where the money comes from.

I can remember attending courses at Transport House where they drummed into us that gross stupidity at a local level would be sized on by the right wing press and reflect badly on the party. I’m not sure if Cllr Green has forgotten this basic principal of local Government or just doesn’t care about a Labour victory as long as he’s tucked up in his castle with his nice little earners.
[quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thatsnotmyname[/bold] wrote: The council isn't paying for it, if we don't spend it another city will so stop moaning.[/p][/quote]In times of austerity when our Government is having to clean up the mess that Labour left it is totally irresponsible of these socialists in City Hall to be wasting money in this way. It is behaviour like this that got the country into a mess and the best reason for keeping Labour out of power forever.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately he’s got a point. Cllr Green has just shot his own foot off and that of the national party as well. This is an irresponsible waste, no matter where the money comes from. I can remember attending courses at Transport House where they drummed into us that gross stupidity at a local level would be sized on by the right wing press and reflect badly on the party. I’m not sure if Cllr Green has forgotten this basic principal of local Government or just doesn’t care about a Labour victory as long as he’s tucked up in his castle with his nice little earners. FinlandStation
  • Score: 1

11:20pm Thu 12 Jun 14

basil fawlty says...

At last we are seeing plans to make the city centre work as a whole. Now can we also stop the ongoing deterioration of the historic streets like Ivegate and the little ginnels and passage ways and turn them into attractive features of our city centre.
At last we are seeing plans to make the city centre work as a whole. Now can we also stop the ongoing deterioration of the historic streets like Ivegate and the little ginnels and passage ways and turn them into attractive features of our city centre. basil fawlty
  • Score: 15

11:22pm Thu 12 Jun 14

bcfc1903 says...

I like this idea, sounds like it's going to be a pleasant short walk from Westfield Broadway shopping centre to the Kirkgate centre with the Kirkgate Square as the hub. Councillor Green and his council are doing some excellent work at the minute. Well done to all who brought this scheme to fruition and to all those involved in the long awaited regeneration of Bradford city centre going on at present. Bradford city centre was very busy today and there is no doubt in my mind that just the starting of the building of Westfield has increased footfall greatly in the city.
I like this idea, sounds like it's going to be a pleasant short walk from Westfield Broadway shopping centre to the Kirkgate centre with the Kirkgate Square as the hub. Councillor Green and his council are doing some excellent work at the minute. Well done to all who brought this scheme to fruition and to all those involved in the long awaited regeneration of Bradford city centre going on at present. Bradford city centre was very busy today and there is no doubt in my mind that just the starting of the building of Westfield has increased footfall greatly in the city. bcfc1903
  • Score: 8

5:08am Fri 13 Jun 14

James lofthous says...

What is the Labour Part doing wasting they money on footpaths when most of the roads got pot holes it's like going through cobble streets they really don't nw where to spend it such a shame I agree with (George Galloway) that said bradford council is the worst council in Britton to right they are let's get these goons out on next election Torrys & Respect get in there
What is the Labour Part doing wasting they money on footpaths when most of the roads got pot holes it's like going through cobble streets they really don't nw where to spend it such a shame I agree with (George Galloway) that said bradford council is the worst council in Britton to right they are let's get these goons out on next election Torrys & Respect get in there James lofthous
  • Score: -10

8:53am Fri 13 Jun 14

Banni2 says...

pcmanners wrote:
thatsnotmyname wrote:
The council isn't paying for it, if we don't spend it another city will so stop moaning.
In times of austerity when our Government is having to clean up the mess that Labour left it is totally irresponsible of these socialists in City Hall to be wasting money in this way. It is behaviour like this that got the country into a mess and the best reason for keeping Labour out of power forever.
The council is either dammed if it does or dammed if it doesn't. We should move forward and try to make improvements or we will always be the bridesmaid and never the bride. People that contribute to this forum should remain positive and continue to push the council to improve this City.
[quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thatsnotmyname[/bold] wrote: The council isn't paying for it, if we don't spend it another city will so stop moaning.[/p][/quote]In times of austerity when our Government is having to clean up the mess that Labour left it is totally irresponsible of these socialists in City Hall to be wasting money in this way. It is behaviour like this that got the country into a mess and the best reason for keeping Labour out of power forever.[/p][/quote]The council is either dammed if it does or dammed if it doesn't. We should move forward and try to make improvements or we will always be the bridesmaid and never the bride. People that contribute to this forum should remain positive and continue to push the council to improve this City. Banni2
  • Score: 8

10:23am Fri 13 Jun 14

allinittogether says...

pcmanners wrote:
thatsnotmyname wrote:
The council isn't paying for it, if we don't spend it another city will so stop moaning.
In times of austerity when our Government is having to clean up the mess that Labour left it is totally irresponsible of these socialists in City Hall to be wasting money in this way. It is behaviour like this that got the country into a mess and the best reason for keeping Labour out of power forever.
Maintenance of your property, even in times of austerity, is an investment not an expense otherwise an even bigger bill looms in the future. But then Tories always take a short term view.
[quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thatsnotmyname[/bold] wrote: The council isn't paying for it, if we don't spend it another city will so stop moaning.[/p][/quote]In times of austerity when our Government is having to clean up the mess that Labour left it is totally irresponsible of these socialists in City Hall to be wasting money in this way. It is behaviour like this that got the country into a mess and the best reason for keeping Labour out of power forever.[/p][/quote]Maintenance of your property, even in times of austerity, is an investment not an expense otherwise an even bigger bill looms in the future. But then Tories always take a short term view. allinittogether
  • Score: 9

12:19pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Bone_idle18 says...

As long as there's a busy bus route between the two, it's always going to feel cut off. Can't they pedestrianise market Street and rout the buses elsewhere?
As long as there's a busy bus route between the two, it's always going to feel cut off. Can't they pedestrianise market Street and rout the buses elsewhere? Bone_idle18
  • Score: 5

4:17pm Fri 13 Jun 14

BabyDave says...

They could have spent that money demolishing that eyesore that is the Odeon building . . . . . that would make a HUGE improvement in the city for sure.
They could have spent that money demolishing that eyesore that is the Odeon building . . . . . that would make a HUGE improvement in the city for sure. BabyDave
  • Score: -4

5:03pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Shipleyvegas says...

James lofthous wrote:
What is the Labour Part doing wasting they money on footpaths when most of the roads got pot holes it's like going through cobble streets they really don't nw where to spend it such a shame I agree with (George Galloway) that said bradford council is the worst council in Britton to right they are let's get these goons out on next election Torrys & Respect get in there
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[quote][p][bold]James lofthous[/bold] wrote: What is the Labour Part doing wasting they money on footpaths when most of the roads got pot holes it's like going through cobble streets they really don't nw where to spend it such a shame I agree with (George Galloway) that said bradford council is the worst council in Britton to right they are let's get these goons out on next election Torrys & Respect get in there[/p][/quote]*Party *their *have got *pot-holes. *It's *cobbled *know *Such *Bradford *Britain. *too *Tories Shipleyvegas
  • Score: 2

5:08am Sun 15 Jun 14

khalidmalikbadass says...

Its waste yeh no major retailers will trade from there so its just going to be full of pound shop etc
Its waste yeh no major retailers will trade from there so its just going to be full of pound shop etc khalidmalikbadass
  • Score: 1

6:47pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Colin Allcars says...

James lofthous wrote:
What is the Labour Part doing wasting they money on footpaths when most of the roads got pot holes it's like going through cobble streets they really don't nw where to spend it such a shame I agree with (George Galloway) that said bradford council is the worst council in Britton to right they are let's get these goons out on next election Torrys & Respect get in there
If any party is misnamed, it is the Respect Party, how many of them jumped ship within months? Bizarre that the same plaes that had idiot Respect banners up, now have banners from other parties (all asian candidates by the way). Respect stands for Sectarian
[quote][p][bold]James lofthous[/bold] wrote: What is the Labour Part doing wasting they money on footpaths when most of the roads got pot holes it's like going through cobble streets they really don't nw where to spend it such a shame I agree with (George Galloway) that said bradford council is the worst council in Britton to right they are let's get these goons out on next election Torrys & Respect get in there[/p][/quote]If any party is misnamed, it is the Respect Party, how many of them jumped ship within months? Bizarre that the same plaes that had idiot Respect banners up, now have banners from other parties (all asian candidates by the way). Respect stands for Sectarian Colin Allcars
  • Score: 0

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