Tories criticise Odeon redevelopment 'preferred bidder' decision

Cllr Andrew Mallinson

Cllr Andrew Mallinson

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , City Hall Reporter

THE Tories have criticised a decision to leave only one potential bidder in the running to develop the former Odeon building.

Earlier this month, Bradford Live was announced as the only bidder to make it through to the final stage of a process to find a new use for the Council-owned landmark.

But the Conservative Group on Bradford Council has now said it was "unacceptable" that Council officers made the decision to exclude a rival bidder, Bradford One, without the involvement of elected councillors.

In November, Bradford Council's Executive is due to make the final decision on whether or not Bradford Live's bid will get the go-ahead.

But Conservative Councillor Andrew Mallinson, a former chairman of the Regeneration and Overview Scrutiny Committee, said without a competing bidder in the frame, this would now be a "fait accompli".

Cllr Mallinson said Councillor David Green, leader of the Labour-run Council, should have been involved in this month's decision to exclude Bradford One.

He said he was not suggesting that officers had made an error, but that members needed to examine the "rationale behind the officers’ decision to effectively remove any competition from the bidding process".

He said: "The decision is far too important for there to be no political leadership, with responsibility effectively abdicated to four officers."

But Cllr Green defended the process they had gone through, saying this had been the plan all along.

He said: "The decision was taken in a way that had been reported to scrutiny certainly when Cllr Mallinson was chairman, and has always been the way the decision was going to be made.

"It has always been an open-book approach. It wasn't simply made by four officers, the decision was also independently scrutinised by an external consultant, to make sure that the scoring the council officers gave was accurate."

Cllr Mallinson, who still sits on the scrutiny committee, said he had been contacted by a concerned Gideon Seymour, chairman of Bradford One.

Mr Seymour said many of his questions over why its bid had failed still remained unanswered.

He said: "If we can get some clear and transparent answers, we will be very happy.

"We have always said we want to work with Bradford Live, Bradford Council and any other interested parties who want to work towards a sustainable future for the Odeon."

Cllr Mallinson is now calling for the scrutiny committee to look at the process as a matter of urgency.

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6:09pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Albion. says...

Trouble at t'mill.
Trouble at t'mill. Albion.
  • Score: 0

6:33pm Sun 17 Aug 14

llos25 says...

Corruption at its best no wonder Bradford is in such a sorry state.
Corruption at its best no wonder Bradford is in such a sorry state. llos25
  • Score: 3

7:07pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Reality001 says...

llos25 wrote:
Corruption at its best no wonder Bradford is in such a sorry state.
This isn't corruption, it's political opportunism on behalf of the Tories.

Have you all forgotten when the Tories were in charge of Bradford, they chose the plan to knock the Odeon down.

And which Tory headed regeneration and chose to knock the Odeon down - That's right - The one and only Cllr Mallinson.

Can't have it both ways
[quote][p][bold]llos25[/bold] wrote: Corruption at its best no wonder Bradford is in such a sorry state.[/p][/quote]This isn't corruption, it's political opportunism on behalf of the Tories. Have you all forgotten when the Tories were in charge of Bradford, they chose the plan to knock the Odeon down. And which Tory headed regeneration and chose to knock the Odeon down - That's right - The one and only Cllr Mallinson. Can't have it both ways Reality001
  • Score: 30

8:48pm Sun 17 Aug 14

doneBD4 says...

Bradford is awash with eyesores, the Odeon one of them.

People in city hall need stop picking hole's in something that could be good for the people of bradford.

Work together for the greater good of our city.
Bradford is awash with eyesores, the Odeon one of them. People in city hall need stop picking hole's in something that could be good for the people of bradford. Work together for the greater good of our city. doneBD4
  • Score: 15

9:26pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Victor Clayton says...

Sour grapes
Sour grapes Victor Clayton
  • Score: 7

11:21pm Sun 17 Aug 14

rosesrwhite says...

What a shock. Decision made without democratic process in full in Bradford.. Flag flying and housing applications also come to mind....
What a shock. Decision made without democratic process in full in Bradford.. Flag flying and housing applications also come to mind.... rosesrwhite
  • Score: -9

11:21pm Sun 17 Aug 14

rosesrwhite says...

rosesrwhite wrote:
What a shock. Decision made without democratic process in full in Bradford.. Flag flying and housing applications also come to mind....
Toilet closures.. Swimming pools...
[quote][p][bold]rosesrwhite[/bold] wrote: What a shock. Decision made without democratic process in full in Bradford.. Flag flying and housing applications also come to mind....[/p][/quote]Toilet closures.. Swimming pools... rosesrwhite
  • Score: -2

11:22pm Sun 17 Aug 14

rosesrwhite says...

rosesrwhite wrote:
rosesrwhite wrote:
What a shock. Decision made without democratic process in full in Bradford.. Flag flying and housing applications also come to mind....
Toilet closures.. Swimming pools...
Selling off community buildings...
[quote][p][bold]rosesrwhite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rosesrwhite[/bold] wrote: What a shock. Decision made without democratic process in full in Bradford.. Flag flying and housing applications also come to mind....[/p][/quote]Toilet closures.. Swimming pools...[/p][/quote]Selling off community buildings... rosesrwhite
  • Score: -5

11:35pm Sun 17 Aug 14

rustynutz says...

Gideon Seymour needs to take this defeat like a man. His scheme stank. It didnt enspire confidence to go through. Simples
Gideon Seymour needs to take this defeat like a man. His scheme stank. It didnt enspire confidence to go through. Simples rustynutz
  • Score: 26

7:38am Mon 18 Aug 14

allannicho says...

"Keep the Red flag flying high" Ha ha ha !
"Keep the Red flag flying high" Ha ha ha ! allannicho
  • Score: -12

11:30am Mon 18 Aug 14

Reality001 says...

rosesrwhite wrote:
rosesrwhite wrote:
What a shock. Decision made without democratic process in full in Bradford.. Flag flying and housing applications also come to mind....
Toilet closures.. Swimming pools...
New swimming pools are being built in Bradford by the Council, which will then see old out of date pools closed down.

Old ones will only close when the news ones have been built.

Lets stop the scaremongering !!!
[quote][p][bold]rosesrwhite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rosesrwhite[/bold] wrote: What a shock. Decision made without democratic process in full in Bradford.. Flag flying and housing applications also come to mind....[/p][/quote]Toilet closures.. Swimming pools...[/p][/quote]New swimming pools are being built in Bradford by the Council, which will then see old out of date pools closed down. Old ones will only close when the news ones have been built. Lets stop the scaremongering !!! Reality001
  • Score: 8

2:57pm Mon 18 Aug 14

mattshaw says...

This is where BORG stand...

http://bit.ly/1w0KqG
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This is where BORG stand... http://bit.ly/1w0KqG L mattshaw
  • Score: 1

2:57pm Mon 18 Aug 14

mattshaw says...

This is where BORG stand...

http://bit.ly/1w0KqG
L
This is where BORG stand... http://bit.ly/1w0KqG L mattshaw
  • Score: 1

3:00pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Joedavid says...

mattshaw wrote:
This is where BORG stand...

http://bit.ly/1w0KqG

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You mean this I think.
http://bradfordodeon
rescuegroup.co.uk/bl
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r-keys-away-from-cll
r-mallinson/
[quote][p][bold]mattshaw[/bold] wrote: This is where BORG stand... http://bit.ly/1w0KqG L[/p][/quote]You mean this I think. http://bradfordodeon rescuegroup.co.uk/bl og/keep-all-bulldoze r-keys-away-from-cll r-mallinson/ Joedavid
  • Score: 14

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