MP concerned about delay for Bingley's new Aldi store

Shipley MP Philip Davies

Shipley MP Philip Davies

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PROGRESS on developing the new Aldi store in Bingley is being delayed while the Department for Transport tries to strike a money-making deal, says local MP Philip Davies.

The Highways Agency owns a strip of land above a retaining wall on the Waterloo Road site which is needed for work to start on the locally-popular plan and Mr Davies has previously urged the DfT to speed up transfer of the land strip.

However in a letter to Mr Davies, Minister of State for Transport John Hayes explains that circumstances have changed dramatically since the transfer was first mooted.

In the letter, Mr Hayes said: "The Agency has been corresponding with the local authority since January this year.

"After initial investigations, the land was declared surplus and passed to the Agency's property disposal team.

"The value of the land was nominal and the Council agreed to pay the Agency's legal fees."

Mr Hayes then explains the sudden reason for a delay - as the Agency had previously not known of Aldi's plans for the land.

He said: "The Agency understood that the land transfer was required to regularise the Council's land boundaries.

"Recent correspondence has highlighted that it is needed as part of the important Aldi development on Waterloo Road."

In light of that information, Mr Hayes writes that because any sale between state-run bodies must be done at 'market value' the Highways Agency will be contacting Bradford Council soon to review the previously agreed sales terms.

"The Agency is committed to completing the sale as soon as possible, however it is required under 'Managing Public Money' to ensure that any transfers between public bodies are at market value," writes Mr Hayes.

He said the Agency would be happy to give consent for the land to be included in Aldi's planning application and would consider entering into a conditional contract or negotiating directly with Aldi.

But Mr Davies said he was annoyed that the Highways Agency was causing such a delay and urged it to bring the deal to conclusion as soon as possible.

Mr Davies said: "They agreed to the transfer of the land to the Council and now they've got pound signs in their eyes.

"They made an agreement and they should stick to it and the land should have been transferred ages ago," Mr Davies said

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9:11am Mon 25 Aug 14

Grumpygirl says...

Why is Mr. Davies surprised. This is the Tory Government selling off yet another public asset and for once, unlike Royal Mail, trying to get a fair market price. Looking at the last annual report Aldi have deep pockets and can afford to buy the land they need at a realistic price.
Why is Mr. Davies surprised. This is the Tory Government selling off yet another public asset and for once, unlike Royal Mail, trying to get a fair market price. Looking at the last annual report Aldi have deep pockets and can afford to buy the land they need at a realistic price. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 13

9:19am Mon 25 Aug 14

cockadoodledo says...

Panic on now Phillip election getting close? Also on your list, Bingley Baths, Bingley Town Hall, ? Better hurry up with B&B, heard the bats have returned with the colder weather! Anyway MPs on holiday till October so sure you'll sort Bingley out.Crack on! Hey heard on the grapevine UKIP to fight your constituency Shipley/Bngley in May 20015!!!!!
Panic on now Phillip election getting close? Also on your list, Bingley Baths, Bingley Town Hall, ? Better hurry up with B&B, heard the bats have returned with the colder weather! Anyway MPs on holiday till October so sure you'll sort Bingley out.Crack on! Hey heard on the grapevine UKIP to fight your constituency Shipley/Bngley in May 20015!!!!! cockadoodledo
  • Score: 16

9:54am Mon 25 Aug 14

bluebluerobin says...

The Government is doing the right thing and getting the best price for a public asset, although along with Philip Davies I think the Civil Service should be getting a move on. Bingley needs a choice in shopping.

The real point of this story is that City Hall was prepared to sell a valuable piece of land for practically nothing. Once again this highlights the ruling Labour Group's cosy relationship with developers and the Council's lack of financial prudence. This is another black mark against Cllr Hinchcliffe to add to her tourism failures and the fiasco at Buck Lane.
The Government is doing the right thing and getting the best price for a public asset, although along with Philip Davies I think the Civil Service should be getting a move on. Bingley needs a choice in shopping. The real point of this story is that City Hall was prepared to sell a valuable piece of land for practically nothing. Once again this highlights the ruling Labour Group's cosy relationship with developers and the Council's lack of financial prudence. This is another black mark against Cllr Hinchcliffe to add to her tourism failures and the fiasco at Buck Lane. bluebluerobin
  • Score: 5

11:04am Mon 25 Aug 14

Albion. says...

"Red tape" seems to sum this up.
"Red tape" seems to sum this up. Albion.
  • Score: -3

11:10am Mon 25 Aug 14

bachtothefuture says...

bluebluerobin wrote:
The Government is doing the right thing and getting the best price for a public asset, although along with Philip Davies I think the Civil Service should be getting a move on. Bingley needs a choice in shopping.

The real point of this story is that City Hall was prepared to sell a valuable piece of land for practically nothing. Once again this highlights the ruling Labour Group's cosy relationship with developers and the Council's lack of financial prudence. This is another black mark against Cllr Hinchcliffe to add to her tourism failures and the fiasco at Buck Lane.
It's about time one of the Council's Scrutiny Committees had a look at Cllr Hinchcliffe's track record. Surely somebody at City Hall must have noticed her general level of incompetence and the way anything she attempts fails.
[quote][p][bold]bluebluerobin[/bold] wrote: The Government is doing the right thing and getting the best price for a public asset, although along with Philip Davies I think the Civil Service should be getting a move on. Bingley needs a choice in shopping. The real point of this story is that City Hall was prepared to sell a valuable piece of land for practically nothing. Once again this highlights the ruling Labour Group's cosy relationship with developers and the Council's lack of financial prudence. This is another black mark against Cllr Hinchcliffe to add to her tourism failures and the fiasco at Buck Lane.[/p][/quote]It's about time one of the Council's Scrutiny Committees had a look at Cllr Hinchcliffe's track record. Surely somebody at City Hall must have noticed her general level of incompetence and the way anything she attempts fails. bachtothefuture
  • Score: 2

11:27am Mon 25 Aug 14

baildongreen says...

bluebluerobin wrote:
The Government is doing the right thing and getting the best price for a public asset, although along with Philip Davies I think the Civil Service should be getting a move on. Bingley needs a choice in shopping.

The real point of this story is that City Hall was prepared to sell a valuable piece of land for practically nothing. Once again this highlights the ruling Labour Group's cosy relationship with developers and the Council's lack of financial prudence. This is another black mark against Cllr Hinchcliffe to add to her tourism failures and the fiasco at Buck Lane.
After Buck Lane we already know that Councillor Hinchcliffe will give developers anything they want at the lowest possible price. When are we going to get a Council that puts Bradford first?
[quote][p][bold]bluebluerobin[/bold] wrote: The Government is doing the right thing and getting the best price for a public asset, although along with Philip Davies I think the Civil Service should be getting a move on. Bingley needs a choice in shopping. The real point of this story is that City Hall was prepared to sell a valuable piece of land for practically nothing. Once again this highlights the ruling Labour Group's cosy relationship with developers and the Council's lack of financial prudence. This is another black mark against Cllr Hinchcliffe to add to her tourism failures and the fiasco at Buck Lane.[/p][/quote]After Buck Lane we already know that Councillor Hinchcliffe will give developers anything they want at the lowest possible price. When are we going to get a Council that puts Bradford first? baildongreen
  • Score: 3

12:35pm Mon 25 Aug 14

knox615 says...

I don't know anything about this MR Davies, but, if the transfer of land is going to enhance a 9successful) commercial enterprise, then of course it should be made at market value.
I don't know anything about this MR Davies, but, if the transfer of land is going to enhance a 9successful) commercial enterprise, then of course it should be made at market value. knox615
  • Score: 7

1:09pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Robin of Loxley says...

If there was no election coming up in a few months, would Davies still be jumping up and down?
If there was no election coming up in a few months, would Davies still be jumping up and down? Robin of Loxley
  • Score: 2

1:12pm Mon 25 Aug 14

BD16 says...

bachtothefuture wrote:
bluebluerobin wrote:
The Government is doing the right thing and getting the best price for a public asset, although along with Philip Davies I think the Civil Service should be getting a move on. Bingley needs a choice in shopping.

The real point of this story is that City Hall was prepared to sell a valuable piece of land for practically nothing. Once again this highlights the ruling Labour Group's cosy relationship with developers and the Council's lack of financial prudence. This is another black mark against Cllr Hinchcliffe to add to her tourism failures and the fiasco at Buck Lane.
It's about time one of the Council's Scrutiny Committees had a look at Cllr Hinchcliffe's track record. Surely somebody at City Hall must have noticed her general level of incompetence and the way anything she attempts fails.
Who took control of most of the scrutiny committees last month? The ruling Labour group, there's no way to hold them to account now?

Watch what happens up at Odsal now. Marc Green, chairman and owner of the Bulls, wants to buy the freehold from the council. One of the prime development plots in Bradford could be given away for a song. That land would be great for industrial development with its motorway links. if the Bulls ever move it should be developed for the betterment of the Bradford public and not for private gain.
[quote][p][bold]bachtothefuture[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bluebluerobin[/bold] wrote: The Government is doing the right thing and getting the best price for a public asset, although along with Philip Davies I think the Civil Service should be getting a move on. Bingley needs a choice in shopping. The real point of this story is that City Hall was prepared to sell a valuable piece of land for practically nothing. Once again this highlights the ruling Labour Group's cosy relationship with developers and the Council's lack of financial prudence. This is another black mark against Cllr Hinchcliffe to add to her tourism failures and the fiasco at Buck Lane.[/p][/quote]It's about time one of the Council's Scrutiny Committees had a look at Cllr Hinchcliffe's track record. Surely somebody at City Hall must have noticed her general level of incompetence and the way anything she attempts fails.[/p][/quote]Who took control of most of the scrutiny committees last month? The ruling Labour group, there's no way to hold them to account now? Watch what happens up at Odsal now. Marc Green, chairman and owner of the Bulls, wants to buy the freehold from the council. One of the prime development plots in Bradford could be given away for a song. That land would be great for industrial development with its motorway links. if the Bulls ever move it should be developed for the betterment of the Bradford public and not for private gain. BD16
  • Score: 2

2:55pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

BD16 wrote:
bachtothefuture wrote:
bluebluerobin wrote:
The Government is doing the right thing and getting the best price for a public asset, although along with Philip Davies I think the Civil Service should be getting a move on. Bingley needs a choice in shopping.

The real point of this story is that City Hall was prepared to sell a valuable piece of land for practically nothing. Once again this highlights the ruling Labour Group's cosy relationship with developers and the Council's lack of financial prudence. This is another black mark against Cllr Hinchcliffe to add to her tourism failures and the fiasco at Buck Lane.
It's about time one of the Council's Scrutiny Committees had a look at Cllr Hinchcliffe's track record. Surely somebody at City Hall must have noticed her general level of incompetence and the way anything she attempts fails.
Who took control of most of the scrutiny committees last month? The ruling Labour group, there's no way to hold them to account now?

Watch what happens up at Odsal now. Marc Green, chairman and owner of the Bulls, wants to buy the freehold from the council. One of the prime development plots in Bradford could be given away for a song. That land would be great for industrial development with its motorway links. if the Bulls ever move it should be developed for the betterment of the Bradford public and not for private gain.
This is what it's all about. Never mind Grumpybint doing everything anti government. This is a Hinchcliffe gaff written all over it but she thinks it is a government thing again. This is one of the reasons why the lefties are laughed at.
I thought Bingers wanted a supermarket though (even though it won't be a huge one)
But your point on Odsal is bang on. Green could easily make a huge profit on the ground whereas the money should be made by the council with tipping rights to start with.
[quote][p][bold]BD16[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bachtothefuture[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bluebluerobin[/bold] wrote: The Government is doing the right thing and getting the best price for a public asset, although along with Philip Davies I think the Civil Service should be getting a move on. Bingley needs a choice in shopping. The real point of this story is that City Hall was prepared to sell a valuable piece of land for practically nothing. Once again this highlights the ruling Labour Group's cosy relationship with developers and the Council's lack of financial prudence. This is another black mark against Cllr Hinchcliffe to add to her tourism failures and the fiasco at Buck Lane.[/p][/quote]It's about time one of the Council's Scrutiny Committees had a look at Cllr Hinchcliffe's track record. Surely somebody at City Hall must have noticed her general level of incompetence and the way anything she attempts fails.[/p][/quote]Who took control of most of the scrutiny committees last month? The ruling Labour group, there's no way to hold them to account now? Watch what happens up at Odsal now. Marc Green, chairman and owner of the Bulls, wants to buy the freehold from the council. One of the prime development plots in Bradford could be given away for a song. That land would be great for industrial development with its motorway links. if the Bulls ever move it should be developed for the betterment of the Bradford public and not for private gain.[/p][/quote]This is what it's all about. Never mind Grumpybint doing everything anti government. This is a Hinchcliffe gaff written all over it but she thinks it is a government thing again. This is one of the reasons why the lefties are laughed at. I thought Bingers wanted a supermarket though (even though it won't be a huge one) But your point on Odsal is bang on. Green could easily make a huge profit on the ground whereas the money should be made by the council with tipping rights to start with. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: -3

3:07pm Mon 25 Aug 14

llos25 says...

What most people fail to understand is the envelopes have been passed only for a stop to be put on the transaction.
What most people fail to understand is the envelopes have been passed only for a stop to be put on the transaction. llos25
  • Score: -2

4:07pm Mon 25 Aug 14

awasteoftime says...

cockadoodledo wrote:
Panic on now Phillip election getting close? Also on your list, Bingley Baths, Bingley Town Hall, ? Better hurry up with B&B, heard the bats have returned with the colder weather! Anyway MPs on holiday till October so sure you'll sort Bingley out.Crack on! Hey heard on the grapevine UKIP to fight your constituency Shipley/Bngley in May 20015!!!!!
This is yet another piece of incompetence. The strip of land is of no value to the HA and they are now to try and use it as a some form of ransome strip to Aldi. Bingley needs this development so come on Local MP get it sorted before Aldi lose interest in the site. You are within the party that is in power so go and talk to the man in the Wet suit, oh sorry you cannot he is surfing somewhere whilst the ISIS lost take over Iraq !.
Why oh why does Philip just complain, he should get on and bang some heads together.
[quote][p][bold]cockadoodledo[/bold] wrote: Panic on now Phillip election getting close? Also on your list, Bingley Baths, Bingley Town Hall, ? Better hurry up with B&B, heard the bats have returned with the colder weather! Anyway MPs on holiday till October so sure you'll sort Bingley out.Crack on! Hey heard on the grapevine UKIP to fight your constituency Shipley/Bngley in May 20015!!!!![/p][/quote]This is yet another piece of incompetence. The strip of land is of no value to the HA and they are now to try and use it as a some form of ransome strip to Aldi. Bingley needs this development so come on Local MP get it sorted before Aldi lose interest in the site. You are within the party that is in power so go and talk to the man in the Wet suit, oh sorry you cannot he is surfing somewhere whilst the ISIS lost take over Iraq !. Why oh why does Philip just complain, he should get on and bang some heads together. awasteoftime
  • Score: 1

4:42pm Mon 25 Aug 14

llos25 says...

He is not going to bang anybodies heads together he is bothered about his own future and all those who voted for him he does not give a jot. Don´t forget this is the man whom we are led to believe is in cahoots with betting companies and money lenders.
He is not going to bang anybodies heads together he is bothered about his own future and all those who voted for him he does not give a jot. Don´t forget this is the man whom we are led to believe is in cahoots with betting companies and money lenders. llos25
  • Score: 4

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