Business fears over drugs and alcohol rehab project's new town centre home

Chairman of Shipley Business Partnership, Barry Cooper and Heidi McKenna, Shipley Indoor Market Manager, who are against plans to use Shipley Town Hall for drugs and alcohol intervention service

Chairman of Shipley Business Partnership, Barry Cooper and Heidi McKenna, Shipley Indoor Market Manager, who are against plans to use Shipley Town Hall for drugs and alcohol intervention service

NOT HERE: Barry Cooper and Heidi McKenna who are against plans to use the Town Hall for a drugs service

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BRADFORD Council is moving a drugs and alcohol intervention service into Shipley town hall - sparking anger and concern among businesses.

The ARCH Initiatives programme will move from nearby Merchants House, on Leeds Road in the town, where it has been for the last six years.

The Council insists it will not cause any problems, despite fears Shipley town centre could end up replicating the problems with street-drinkers that have blighted Bradford's Centenary Square and City Park recently.

Barry Cooper, chairman of Shipley Town Centre Business Partnership, was shocked when told of the move. He said: "We don't want to see a replication of the problems that have been reported about in City Park. Bradford has got massive problems with this sort of thing.

"Leeds has a strategy where they will not place these things in the city centre because it is not about retail. A city or town centre is a retail environment for shops, shoppers and businesses.

"How does the Council feel this will help regeneration?

"We are all about regeneration, footfall and business. We are trying to make the town centre a nice, friendly environment for the community and shopping."

Heidi McKenna, market manager at Shipley Market Hall, said: "I don't believe it should be held in a retail area. It's not that it should not be done whatsoever, but it shouldn't be in retail areas."

Shipley MP Philip Davies questioned what measures the council was putting in place to protect businesses from potential problems such as shoplifting and said: "If I was a retailer I would be completely alarmed if this was going to be within throwing distance of my shop.

"Those with a drug addiction are more likely to be involved in things like shoplifting to help pay for their addiction. It has been a tough time for high street retailers and the last thing they need is losing stock to shoplifters," he said.

ARCH - Advice, Rehabilitation, Counselling and Health - Initiatives is a charity that provides a range of substance misuse services to anyone aged over 18 years affected by drugs and alcohol. It is believed to have between 200 and 300 clients at its Shipley base.

Councillor Andrew Thornton, the Council's executive member for Environment and Sport, said: "This relocation is part of Bradford Council’s overall building strategy to consolidate staff in fewer offices to save money for Council Tax payers and reduce our carbon footprint.

"Arch, who have been providing a service from Shipley for the past six years are moving in to Shipley town hall. They are a charity that primarily provides counselling and training services, operating on an appointment-only basis. They work in partnership with the police and probation service who will also have staff relocating to the town hall.

"Staff moving from Shipley town hall will be joining colleagues in other council buildings."

Cllr Martin Love (Shipley, Green) said: "I have been assured that the people coming to the rehab project will have appointments. It is not a drop-in place. It's not like a place where people will hang around outside."

He said he believed the project users would have a separate, dedicated entrance to the town hall, away from the main public entrance.

Cllr Love, who said the Council would save money by no longer paying rent on Merchant House, added: "I don't think it is anything to worry about but we will keep an eye on it, and if it proves to be an issue we will look at it then."

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7:17am Fri 1 Aug 14

Albion. says...

"Cllr Martin Love (Shipley, Green) said: "I have been assured that the people coming to the rehab project will have appointments. It is not a drop-in place. It's not like a place where people will hang around outside."

Their companions etc might be hanging around though.
"Cllr Martin Love (Shipley, Green) said: "I have been assured that the people coming to the rehab project will have appointments. It is not a drop-in place. It's not like a place where people will hang around outside." Their companions etc might be hanging around though. Albion.
  • Score: 21

8:00am Fri 1 Aug 14

bachtothefuture says...

Reading the other stories today it seems as if drug and alcohol abuse are the only growth industries Bradford has left. There are so many druggies and winos hanging around Shipley Market at the moment queuing up for their NHS fix at Boots that I doubt if the Town Hall Centre will make any difference.
Reading the other stories today it seems as if drug and alcohol abuse are the only growth industries Bradford has left. There are so many druggies and winos hanging around Shipley Market at the moment queuing up for their NHS fix at Boots that I doubt if the Town Hall Centre will make any difference. bachtothefuture
  • Score: 26

8:10am Fri 1 Aug 14

sorrow&anger says...

Another “money saving” triumph for Cllr. Thornton. The parking fine scams, the b-warm scheme, the bulldozer fiasco, fly-tipping, the waste permits, public hygiene failures, the scrapping of the green bags and now inviting druggies into Shipley centre. Cllr. Thornton does nothing properly. He has visited more disasters on Bradford than even Cllr. Hinchcliffe. Why does the Labour Group keep him in post?
Another “money saving” triumph for Cllr. Thornton. The parking fine scams, the b-warm scheme, the bulldozer fiasco, fly-tipping, the waste permits, public hygiene failures, the scrapping of the green bags and now inviting druggies into Shipley centre. Cllr. Thornton does nothing properly. He has visited more disasters on Bradford than even Cllr. Hinchcliffe. Why does the Labour Group keep him in post? sorrow&anger
  • Score: 23

8:18am Fri 1 Aug 14

bluebluerobin says...

Once again Cllr. Thornton and the Labour Group have put a silly money saving scheme ahead of common sense. The last thing Shipley needs is crowds of drug addicts hanging around for their appointments. Apart from crime, what else have they to do?
Once again Cllr. Thornton and the Labour Group have put a silly money saving scheme ahead of common sense. The last thing Shipley needs is crowds of drug addicts hanging around for their appointments. Apart from crime, what else have they to do? bluebluerobin
  • Score: 25

9:10am Fri 1 Aug 14

izzystillbreathing says...

sorrow&anger wrote:
Another “money saving” triumph for Cllr. Thornton. The parking fine scams, the b-warm scheme, the bulldozer fiasco, fly-tipping, the waste permits, public hygiene failures, the scrapping of the green bags and now inviting druggies into Shipley centre. Cllr. Thornton does nothing properly. He has visited more disasters on Bradford than even Cllr. Hinchcliffe. Why does the Labour Group keep him in post?
It's all a question of style. In terms of ensuring Bradford doesn't regenerate Councillor Thornton goes for a series of relatively small disasters, Councillor Hinchcliffe tends to concentrate on a fewer bigger ones, such as tourism and the Buck Lane fiasco.
[quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: Another “money saving” triumph for Cllr. Thornton. The parking fine scams, the b-warm scheme, the bulldozer fiasco, fly-tipping, the waste permits, public hygiene failures, the scrapping of the green bags and now inviting druggies into Shipley centre. Cllr. Thornton does nothing properly. He has visited more disasters on Bradford than even Cllr. Hinchcliffe. Why does the Labour Group keep him in post?[/p][/quote]It's all a question of style. In terms of ensuring Bradford doesn't regenerate Councillor Thornton goes for a series of relatively small disasters, Councillor Hinchcliffe tends to concentrate on a fewer bigger ones, such as tourism and the Buck Lane fiasco. izzystillbreathing
  • Score: 15

9:18am Fri 1 Aug 14

wolfspeak says...

If ARCH is, as stated, an independent charity, why is the Council paying rent on Merchants House?
If ARCH is, as stated, an independent charity, why is the Council paying rent on Merchants House? wolfspeak
  • Score: 17

9:52am Fri 1 Aug 14

llos25 says...

Bradford centre is full of drunks and addicts and the much heralded police clean up was just talk so Bradford councillors decided to move part of the problem to Shipley .
Bradford centre is full of drunks and addicts and the much heralded police clean up was just talk so Bradford councillors decided to move part of the problem to Shipley . llos25
  • Score: 13

10:31am Fri 1 Aug 14

wolfspeak says...

Why not put it in Manningham and keep everything local?
Why not put it in Manningham and keep everything local? wolfspeak
  • Score: 13

11:15am Fri 1 Aug 14

Farsley Bantam says...

wolfspeak wrote:
Why not put it in Manningham and keep everything local?
Because it would be like putting Weightwatchers in Macdonalds.
[quote][p][bold]wolfspeak[/bold] wrote: Why not put it in Manningham and keep everything local?[/p][/quote]Because it would be like putting Weightwatchers in Macdonalds. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 12

12:13pm Fri 1 Aug 14

They only do damage! says...

Drug addicts @ alcholics in the centre of town ? Only labour !!!!.
Drug addicts @ alcholics in the centre of town ? Only labour !!!!. They only do damage!
  • Score: 1

5:03pm Fri 1 Aug 14

BCFC1911 says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
wolfspeak wrote:
Why not put it in Manningham and keep everything local?
Because it would be like putting Weightwatchers in Macdonalds.
lol...i was going to say the exact same thing
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wolfspeak[/bold] wrote: Why not put it in Manningham and keep everything local?[/p][/quote]Because it would be like putting Weightwatchers in Macdonalds.[/p][/quote]lol...i was going to say the exact same thing BCFC1911
  • Score: -1

6:29pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Mik_e says...

Drug addicts and alcoholics know the dangers of what they are doing and choose to go down that route. Why should hard working tax payers fund rehabilitation for them? Our country is an absolute joke, hard work means fund those who are too idle to work and waste their benefits on drink and drugs.
Drug addicts and alcoholics know the dangers of what they are doing and choose to go down that route. Why should hard working tax payers fund rehabilitation for them? Our country is an absolute joke, hard work means fund those who are too idle to work and waste their benefits on drink and drugs. Mik_e
  • Score: 6

11:47pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Tyke69 says...

Are there any businesses left in Shipley?! It won't be long before there is nothing but charity shops - another one has opened this week and we now have 12!
Are there any businesses left in Shipley?! It won't be long before there is nothing but charity shops - another one has opened this week and we now have 12! Tyke69
  • Score: 3

6:43am Sat 2 Aug 14

citygent1978 says...

wolfspeak wrote:
If ARCH is, as stated, an independent charity, why is the Council paying rent on Merchants House?
The council hold the public health budget which these types of services are funded through.

The reality is without these services the issues that effect the public would be much greater a lot of comments just suggest the naivety of the poster

The I pay my taxes rubbish makes me laugh why should I pay tax for people to receive child benefit, why should I pay for the fire service I never use them, why should we pay for mental health services, why should we pay for a lit if the stuff our taxes go too? Because services like this are fundamental to community so of you need to wake up and smell the coffee
[quote][p][bold]wolfspeak[/bold] wrote: If ARCH is, as stated, an independent charity, why is the Council paying rent on Merchants House?[/p][/quote]The council hold the public health budget which these types of services are funded through. The reality is without these services the issues that effect the public would be much greater a lot of comments just suggest the naivety of the poster The I pay my taxes rubbish makes me laugh why should I pay tax for people to receive child benefit, why should I pay for the fire service I never use them, why should we pay for mental health services, why should we pay for a lit if the stuff our taxes go too? Because services like this are fundamental to community so of you need to wake up and smell the coffee citygent1978
  • Score: 0

6:43am Sat 2 Aug 14

citygent1978 says...

wolfspeak wrote:
If ARCH is, as stated, an independent charity, why is the Council paying rent on Merchants House?
The council hold the public health budget which these types of services are funded through.

The reality is without these services the issues that effect the public would be much greater a lot of comments just suggest the naivety of the poster

The I pay my taxes rubbish makes me laugh why should I pay tax for people to receive child benefit, why should I pay for the fire service I never use them, why should we pay for mental health services, why should we pay for a lit if the stuff our taxes go too? Because services like this are fundamental to community so of you need to wake up and smell the coffee
[quote][p][bold]wolfspeak[/bold] wrote: If ARCH is, as stated, an independent charity, why is the Council paying rent on Merchants House?[/p][/quote]The council hold the public health budget which these types of services are funded through. The reality is without these services the issues that effect the public would be much greater a lot of comments just suggest the naivety of the poster The I pay my taxes rubbish makes me laugh why should I pay tax for people to receive child benefit, why should I pay for the fire service I never use them, why should we pay for mental health services, why should we pay for a lit if the stuff our taxes go too? Because services like this are fundamental to community so of you need to wake up and smell the coffee citygent1978
  • Score: -3

7:30pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Robin of Loxley says...

wolfspeak wrote:
Why not put it in Manningham and keep everything local?
There's absolutely nothing wrong with Manningham.

It's a lovely area to live in (if you're not part of vile BNP/EDL scum that is).
[quote][p][bold]wolfspeak[/bold] wrote: Why not put it in Manningham and keep everything local?[/p][/quote]There's absolutely nothing wrong with Manningham. It's a lovely area to live in (if you're not part of vile BNP/EDL scum that is). Robin of Loxley
  • Score: -1

11:10pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Leeds28 says...

I would like to draw attention to an inacuracy in this article regarding drug treatment services in Leeds.

Barry Cooper, chairman of Shipley Town Centre Business Partnership says the following:

"Leeds has a strategy where they will not place these things in the city centre because it is not about retail."

Leeds has set a priority for ensuring that more people recover from drug and alcohol misuse. Having services that promote recovery is a key part of achieving this outcome.

Rather than hiding them away, Leeds has specifically located some of its drug and alcohol treatment and recovery services in the city centre as it recognises this makes them more accessible and improves recovery outcomes.
I would like to draw attention to an inacuracy in this article regarding drug treatment services in Leeds. Barry Cooper, chairman of Shipley Town Centre Business Partnership says the following: "Leeds has a strategy where they will not place these things in the city centre because it is not about retail." Leeds has set a priority for ensuring that more people recover from drug and alcohol misuse. Having services that promote recovery is a key part of achieving this outcome. Rather than hiding them away, Leeds has specifically located some of its drug and alcohol treatment and recovery services in the city centre as it recognises this makes them more accessible and improves recovery outcomes. Leeds28
  • Score: 3

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