Bingley residents in 'Shamesbury's' jibe as future of former Bradford & Bingley HQ site remains uncertain

Bingley residents in 'Shamesbury's' jibe as future of former Bradford & Bingley HQ site remains uncertain

PLANS: The former Bradford & Bingley headquarters

Representatives from Sainsbury's meet residents at Bingley's All Saints Church

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ANGRY residents and trade leaders confronted Sainsbury's bosses last night over the future of the former Bradford & Bingley headquarters in the town.

The supermarket chain sent a team of executives to the meeting, held at All Saints Church in Bingley, to explain its policy and future plans for the controversial Main Street building, which it owns and is viewed as an eyesore in the town.

Sainsbury's announced plans in 2011 to turn the former building society site into a 12,000 sq ft shopping space with two levels of underground parking, a cafe and an Explore Learning Centre.

But the proposals were cancelled last year and the unused building is to be pulled down.

The most recent cause of delay for demolition work were protected bats living in the 1970s-built block.

Chris Templeman, head of supermarket development at Sainsbury's, confirmed they have applied to Bradford Council to demolish all of the current site and hope to start work on this in "early autumn", possibly September. The demolition work would take 24 weeks to complete.

He revealed they have held talks with two unnamed interested parties, who would build two separate retail and residential developments on the site.

Two other supermarket chains were also approached about taking on the site, but both refused, he added.

Mr Templeman said: "Our intention is not to hang onto the site.

"Two potential parties have expressed strong interest in the site. We won't reveal their identities at the moment."

Howard Martin, Bingley Chamber of Trade & Commerce, said: "Bingley is a town that deserves a supermarket of its own.

"I can't see how a residential development would benefit. We need to bring footfall into Bingley.

"The feeling towards Sainsbury's is not great at the moment."

Angry Bingley resident Ros Dawson said: "It's time for Sainsbury's to take responsibility for that site.

"It's time they think about Bingley and execute some morals, so we think about Sainsbury's and not Shamesbury's."

Sainsbury's also said they would commit to holding a future public meeting in the town.

But David Green, Bradford Council leader, offered to get Sainsbury's in touch with the investment marketing arm of Leeds City Region to see what alternatives projects the site could be used for.

He said: "It needs to be for the benefit for the town of Bingley. It's quite a big site.

"It just strikes me that the opportunity to see if it can be used as an employment site to increase footfall in Bingley town centre has not been investigated thoroughly.

"It's worth having a look at it. It's just another avenue to go down."

But Sainsbury's will still have a presence in the town when they open a convenience store early next year, also in Main Street.

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12:38pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Albion. says...

Well, things look to be moving, hopefully it will be demolished before the Bats return.
Well, things look to be moving, hopefully it will be demolished before the Bats return. Albion.
  • Score: 5

1:16pm Fri 25 Jul 14

carolyne74 says...

"I can't see how a residential development would benefit. We need to bring footfall into Bingley. "

Call me dumb but wouldn't building some housing there bring footfall into Bingley anyway, without the risk of a giant supermarket causing the closure of the Co-Op, the butcher, and possibly Home Bargains? No-one from outside is going to come to Bingley for a supermarket, as all the towns around us have their own anyway.

Considering the majority of the town (myself included) don't want the Greenhill site housing estate to be developed, if someone *does* feel that new housing is required in Bingley, this would be the place to do it.

I'd have liked to see the building stay and be redeveloped into flats, if no-one wants to use it as offices. I think it's an iconic building; it's the first thing I always thought of if someone mentioned Bingley, before I moved here.
"I can't see how a residential development would benefit. We need to bring footfall into Bingley. " Call me dumb but wouldn't building some housing there bring footfall into Bingley anyway, without the risk of a giant supermarket causing the closure of the Co-Op, the butcher, and possibly Home Bargains? No-one from outside is going to come to Bingley for a supermarket, as all the towns around us have their own anyway. Considering the majority of the town (myself included) don't want the Greenhill site housing estate to be developed, if someone *does* feel that new housing is required in Bingley, this would be the place to do it. I'd have liked to see the building stay and be redeveloped into flats, if no-one wants to use it as offices. I think it's an iconic building; it's the first thing I always thought of if someone mentioned Bingley, before I moved here. carolyne74
  • Score: -2

1:35pm Fri 25 Jul 14

I can see clearly now... says...

What a circus! It's been standing empty all this time and it would appear that neither Shamesbury's (like that!) nor our beloved, world class, ambitious, pro active, "we're not going to sit on our @r5e5 and wring our hands all day" councial appear to have done any meaningful investigation / feasibility studies / surveys of residents as to what the site should be used for. If things are left to "Dave" and his lovely earrings, Bingley will end up with the square root of sweet FA. In the meantime, how about Shamesbury's are told where to stick their convenience store until such time as the last piece of the B&B structure demolished?
What a circus! It's been standing empty all this time and it would appear that neither Shamesbury's (like that!) nor our beloved, world class, ambitious, pro active, "we're not going to sit on our @r5e5 and wring our hands all day" councial appear to have done any meaningful investigation / feasibility studies / surveys of residents as to what the site should be used for. If things are left to "Dave" and his lovely earrings, Bingley will end up with the square root of sweet FA. In the meantime, how about Shamesbury's are told where to stick their convenience store until such time as the last piece of the B&B structure demolished? I can see clearly now...
  • Score: 18

1:41pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Albion. says...

carolyne74 wrote:
"I can't see how a residential development would benefit. We need to bring footfall into Bingley. "

Call me dumb but wouldn't building some housing there bring footfall into Bingley anyway, without the risk of a giant supermarket causing the closure of the Co-Op, the butcher, and possibly Home Bargains? No-one from outside is going to come to Bingley for a supermarket, as all the towns around us have their own anyway.

Considering the majority of the town (myself included) don't want the Greenhill site housing estate to be developed, if someone *does* feel that new housing is required in Bingley, this would be the place to do it.

I'd have liked to see the building stay and be redeveloped into flats, if no-one wants to use it as offices. I think it's an iconic building; it's the first thing I always thought of if someone mentioned Bingley, before I moved here.
Crossflatts, Harden, Wilsden, Cottingley, Gilstead and Eldwick all have supermarkets? I know they aren't towns but they are quite a large potential customer pool for a Bingley supermarket. The building is terrible and should be demolished SAP (my opinion you understand).
[quote][p][bold]carolyne74[/bold] wrote: "I can't see how a residential development would benefit. We need to bring footfall into Bingley. " Call me dumb but wouldn't building some housing there bring footfall into Bingley anyway, without the risk of a giant supermarket causing the closure of the Co-Op, the butcher, and possibly Home Bargains? No-one from outside is going to come to Bingley for a supermarket, as all the towns around us have their own anyway. Considering the majority of the town (myself included) don't want the Greenhill site housing estate to be developed, if someone *does* feel that new housing is required in Bingley, this would be the place to do it. I'd have liked to see the building stay and be redeveloped into flats, if no-one wants to use it as offices. I think it's an iconic building; it's the first thing I always thought of if someone mentioned Bingley, before I moved here.[/p][/quote]Crossflatts, Harden, Wilsden, Cottingley, Gilstead and Eldwick all have supermarkets? I know they aren't towns but they are quite a large potential customer pool for a Bingley supermarket. The building is terrible and should be demolished SAP (my opinion you understand). Albion.
  • Score: 6

1:46pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Count Jim Moriarty says...

carolyne74 wrote:
"I can't see how a residential development would benefit. We need to bring footfall into Bingley. "

Call me dumb but wouldn't building some housing there bring footfall into Bingley anyway, without the risk of a giant supermarket causing the closure of the Co-Op, the butcher, and possibly Home Bargains? No-one from outside is going to come to Bingley for a supermarket, as all the towns around us have their own anyway.

Considering the majority of the town (myself included) don't want the Greenhill site housing estate to be developed, if someone *does* feel that new housing is required in Bingley, this would be the place to do it.

I'd have liked to see the building stay and be redeveloped into flats, if no-one wants to use it as offices. I think it's an iconic building; it's the first thing I always thought of if someone mentioned Bingley, before I moved here.
Close the Co-op? Might force them to cut their ridiculously high prices. For example, they charge 99p per kilo for bananas, Asda charge 65p per kilo.
[quote][p][bold]carolyne74[/bold] wrote: "I can't see how a residential development would benefit. We need to bring footfall into Bingley. " Call me dumb but wouldn't building some housing there bring footfall into Bingley anyway, without the risk of a giant supermarket causing the closure of the Co-Op, the butcher, and possibly Home Bargains? No-one from outside is going to come to Bingley for a supermarket, as all the towns around us have their own anyway. Considering the majority of the town (myself included) don't want the Greenhill site housing estate to be developed, if someone *does* feel that new housing is required in Bingley, this would be the place to do it. I'd have liked to see the building stay and be redeveloped into flats, if no-one wants to use it as offices. I think it's an iconic building; it's the first thing I always thought of if someone mentioned Bingley, before I moved here.[/p][/quote]Close the Co-op? Might force them to cut their ridiculously high prices. For example, they charge 99p per kilo for bananas, Asda charge 65p per kilo. Count Jim Moriarty
  • Score: 15

1:57pm Fri 25 Jul 14

fiverise says...

carolyne74 wrote:
"I can't see how a residential development would benefit. We need to bring footfall into Bingley. "

Call me dumb but wouldn't building some housing there bring footfall into Bingley anyway, without the risk of a giant supermarket causing the closure of the Co-Op, the butcher, and possibly Home Bargains? No-one from outside is going to come to Bingley for a supermarket, as all the towns around us have their own anyway.

Considering the majority of the town (myself included) don't want the Greenhill site housing estate to be developed, if someone *does* feel that new housing is required in Bingley, this would be the place to do it.

I'd have liked to see the building stay and be redeveloped into flats, if no-one wants to use it as offices. I think it's an iconic building; it's the first thing I always thought of if someone mentioned Bingley, before I moved here.
I think perhaps the point about "bringing more footfall into Bingley" is directed more at the those people that live on the periphery than further afield (eg. Crossflatts, Riddlesden, Eldwick, Cottingley, Saltaire etc.) who quite likely will travel to Keighley, Shipley or even Otley to do their main supermarket shopping. A better supermarket in Bingley would act as a focus to bring people back into the town do do their supermarket shopping as well as visit the other shops/market in the town, especially if there was some type of free customer parking available (eg up to 2hrs). I know several people who live in Bingley that don't even do their main supermarket shopping in Bingley, opting to travel to Keighley or Shipley for a better choice in supermarket shopping. A small amount of housing on the site won't boost the fortunes of the town enough to revive the whole of the main street and other roads off.
[quote][p][bold]carolyne74[/bold] wrote: "I can't see how a residential development would benefit. We need to bring footfall into Bingley. " Call me dumb but wouldn't building some housing there bring footfall into Bingley anyway, without the risk of a giant supermarket causing the closure of the Co-Op, the butcher, and possibly Home Bargains? No-one from outside is going to come to Bingley for a supermarket, as all the towns around us have their own anyway. Considering the majority of the town (myself included) don't want the Greenhill site housing estate to be developed, if someone *does* feel that new housing is required in Bingley, this would be the place to do it. I'd have liked to see the building stay and be redeveloped into flats, if no-one wants to use it as offices. I think it's an iconic building; it's the first thing I always thought of if someone mentioned Bingley, before I moved here.[/p][/quote]I think perhaps the point about "bringing more footfall into Bingley" is directed more at the those people that live on the periphery than further afield (eg. Crossflatts, Riddlesden, Eldwick, Cottingley, Saltaire etc.) who quite likely will travel to Keighley, Shipley or even Otley to do their main supermarket shopping. A better supermarket in Bingley would act as a focus to bring people back into the town do do their supermarket shopping as well as visit the other shops/market in the town, especially if there was some type of free customer parking available (eg up to 2hrs). I know several people who live in Bingley that don't even do their main supermarket shopping in Bingley, opting to travel to Keighley or Shipley for a better choice in supermarket shopping. A small amount of housing on the site won't boost the fortunes of the town enough to revive the whole of the main street and other roads off. fiverise
  • Score: 11

1:58pm Fri 25 Jul 14

fiverise says...

carolyne74 wrote:
"I can't see how a residential development would benefit. We need to bring footfall into Bingley. "

Call me dumb but wouldn't building some housing there bring footfall into Bingley anyway, without the risk of a giant supermarket causing the closure of the Co-Op, the butcher, and possibly Home Bargains? No-one from outside is going to come to Bingley for a supermarket, as all the towns around us have their own anyway.

Considering the majority of the town (myself included) don't want the Greenhill site housing estate to be developed, if someone *does* feel that new housing is required in Bingley, this would be the place to do it.

I'd have liked to see the building stay and be redeveloped into flats, if no-one wants to use it as offices. I think it's an iconic building; it's the first thing I always thought of if someone mentioned Bingley, before I moved here.
I think perhaps the point about "bringing more footfall into Bingley" is directed more at the those people that live on the periphery than further afield (eg. Crossflatts, Riddlesden, Eldwick, Cottingley, Saltaire etc.) who quite likely will travel to Keighley, Shipley or even Otley to do their main supermarket shopping. A better supermarket in Bingley would act as a focus to bring people back into the town do do their supermarket shopping as well as visit the other shops/market in the town, especially if there was some type of free customer parking available (eg up to 2hrs). I know several people who live in Bingley that don't even do their main supermarket shopping in Bingley, opting to travel to Keighley or Shipley for a better choice in supermarket shopping. A small amount of housing on the site won't boost the fortunes of the town enough to revive the whole of the main street and other roads off.
[quote][p][bold]carolyne74[/bold] wrote: "I can't see how a residential development would benefit. We need to bring footfall into Bingley. " Call me dumb but wouldn't building some housing there bring footfall into Bingley anyway, without the risk of a giant supermarket causing the closure of the Co-Op, the butcher, and possibly Home Bargains? No-one from outside is going to come to Bingley for a supermarket, as all the towns around us have their own anyway. Considering the majority of the town (myself included) don't want the Greenhill site housing estate to be developed, if someone *does* feel that new housing is required in Bingley, this would be the place to do it. I'd have liked to see the building stay and be redeveloped into flats, if no-one wants to use it as offices. I think it's an iconic building; it's the first thing I always thought of if someone mentioned Bingley, before I moved here.[/p][/quote]I think perhaps the point about "bringing more footfall into Bingley" is directed more at the those people that live on the periphery than further afield (eg. Crossflatts, Riddlesden, Eldwick, Cottingley, Saltaire etc.) who quite likely will travel to Keighley, Shipley or even Otley to do their main supermarket shopping. A better supermarket in Bingley would act as a focus to bring people back into the town do do their supermarket shopping as well as visit the other shops/market in the town, especially if there was some type of free customer parking available (eg up to 2hrs). I know several people who live in Bingley that don't even do their main supermarket shopping in Bingley, opting to travel to Keighley or Shipley for a better choice in supermarket shopping. A small amount of housing on the site won't boost the fortunes of the town enough to revive the whole of the main street and other roads off. fiverise
  • Score: 2

2:16pm Fri 25 Jul 14

bingleybantam says...

So Comrade Dave and his ear rings does know where Bingley is.

I guess he will have been scouting out more green fields to sell off to fund the inner city, those that vote labour & bring third world politics to Bradford.

Thanks Dave, but we want more than development, we want independence from your corrupt council.
So Comrade Dave and his ear rings does know where Bingley is. I guess he will have been scouting out more green fields to sell off to fund the inner city, those that vote labour & bring third world politics to Bradford. Thanks Dave, but we want more than development, we want independence from your corrupt council. bingleybantam
  • Score: 10

2:43pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Count Jim Moriarty wrote:
carolyne74 wrote:
"I can't see how a residential development would benefit. We need to bring footfall into Bingley. "

Call me dumb but wouldn't building some housing there bring footfall into Bingley anyway, without the risk of a giant supermarket causing the closure of the Co-Op, the butcher, and possibly Home Bargains? No-one from outside is going to come to Bingley for a supermarket, as all the towns around us have their own anyway.

Considering the majority of the town (myself included) don't want the Greenhill site housing estate to be developed, if someone *does* feel that new housing is required in Bingley, this would be the place to do it.

I'd have liked to see the building stay and be redeveloped into flats, if no-one wants to use it as offices. I think it's an iconic building; it's the first thing I always thought of if someone mentioned Bingley, before I moved here.
Close the Co-op? Might force them to cut their ridiculously high prices. For example, they charge 99p per kilo for bananas, Asda charge 65p per kilo.
Coop only sell fair trade Bananas, so the produces aren't getting screwed and they are not produced by massive companies in south America using excess pesticides and most slave labour.

99p for a KG of bananas is still very cheap. cheaper than it was in 2002!
[quote][p][bold]Count Jim Moriarty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carolyne74[/bold] wrote: "I can't see how a residential development would benefit. We need to bring footfall into Bingley. " Call me dumb but wouldn't building some housing there bring footfall into Bingley anyway, without the risk of a giant supermarket causing the closure of the Co-Op, the butcher, and possibly Home Bargains? No-one from outside is going to come to Bingley for a supermarket, as all the towns around us have their own anyway. Considering the majority of the town (myself included) don't want the Greenhill site housing estate to be developed, if someone *does* feel that new housing is required in Bingley, this would be the place to do it. I'd have liked to see the building stay and be redeveloped into flats, if no-one wants to use it as offices. I think it's an iconic building; it's the first thing I always thought of if someone mentioned Bingley, before I moved here.[/p][/quote]Close the Co-op? Might force them to cut their ridiculously high prices. For example, they charge 99p per kilo for bananas, Asda charge 65p per kilo.[/p][/quote]Coop only sell fair trade Bananas, so the produces aren't getting screwed and they are not produced by massive companies in south America using excess pesticides and most slave labour. 99p for a KG of bananas is still very cheap. cheaper than it was in 2002! Bone_idle18
  • Score: 8

5:35pm Fri 25 Jul 14

awasteoftime says...

carolyne74 wrote:
"I can't see how a residential development would benefit. We need to bring footfall into Bingley. "

Call me dumb but wouldn't building some housing there bring footfall into Bingley anyway, without the risk of a giant supermarket causing the closure of the Co-Op, the butcher, and possibly Home Bargains? No-one from outside is going to come to Bingley for a supermarket, as all the towns around us have their own anyway.

Considering the majority of the town (myself included) don't want the Greenhill site housing estate to be developed, if someone *does* feel that new housing is required in Bingley, this would be the place to do it.

I'd have liked to see the building stay and be redeveloped into flats, if no-one wants to use it as offices. I think it's an iconic building; it's the first thing I always thought of if someone mentioned Bingley, before I moved here.
The idea of footfall is to use the site as an employment site so we have some "local" jobs back in Bingley. Over the years Bingley has lost most of its major employers. Housing will not boost the economy of Bingley will it.
Ear Rings Dave has found Bingley but it does not sounds as though our Local Councillors have you never hear anything from them, has they lost the power of speech ? WE do not have comments from the local MP has the T&A fallen out with him or did he not speak.
Why has the demolition not started, the bats left many weeks ago if they wait too long they will return. I am not going to hold my breath as the Aldi development has been dragging on since last November due to Bradford Council.
[quote][p][bold]carolyne74[/bold] wrote: "I can't see how a residential development would benefit. We need to bring footfall into Bingley. " Call me dumb but wouldn't building some housing there bring footfall into Bingley anyway, without the risk of a giant supermarket causing the closure of the Co-Op, the butcher, and possibly Home Bargains? No-one from outside is going to come to Bingley for a supermarket, as all the towns around us have their own anyway. Considering the majority of the town (myself included) don't want the Greenhill site housing estate to be developed, if someone *does* feel that new housing is required in Bingley, this would be the place to do it. I'd have liked to see the building stay and be redeveloped into flats, if no-one wants to use it as offices. I think it's an iconic building; it's the first thing I always thought of if someone mentioned Bingley, before I moved here.[/p][/quote]The idea of footfall is to use the site as an employment site so we have some "local" jobs back in Bingley. Over the years Bingley has lost most of its major employers. Housing will not boost the economy of Bingley will it. Ear Rings Dave has found Bingley but it does not sounds as though our Local Councillors have you never hear anything from them, has they lost the power of speech ? WE do not have comments from the local MP has the T&A fallen out with him or did he not speak. Why has the demolition not started, the bats left many weeks ago if they wait too long they will return. I am not going to hold my breath as the Aldi development has been dragging on since last November due to Bradford Council. awasteoftime
  • Score: 7

11:06am Sun 27 Jul 14

rosesrwhite says...

An inept, uninterested council (unless they are selling Bingley's assets off or shutting something down) and an overpriced, overrated supermarket chain, the usual recipe for disaster in Bingley. I for one will NEVER shop in their convenience store when it opens as they should not be given permission to open this until this matter is resolved for the benefit of the town. Disgusting.
An inept, uninterested council (unless they are selling Bingley's assets off or shutting something down) and an overpriced, overrated supermarket chain, the usual recipe for disaster in Bingley. I for one will NEVER shop in their convenience store when it opens as they should not be given permission to open this until this matter is resolved for the benefit of the town. Disgusting. rosesrwhite
  • Score: 3

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