Bid to wrap up Odeon in time for City Park opening in doubt

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The City Park mirror pool with the Odeon forming the backdrop The City Park mirror pool with the Odeon forming the backdrop

Hopes of wrapping the decaying Odeon building to screen it in time for the first major event hosted in the nearby City Park now look in serious doubt.

Regeneration chiefs at Bradford Council have been in discussion with the owners of the key city centre site for some time – first with Yorkshire Forward, and now with the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency.

But they have grown frustrated at a lack of progress to improve the look of the 1930s building, which is a backdrop to the multi-million pound six-acre City Park project.

Councillor David Green, the Council’s executive member in charge of regeneration, told the Telegraph & Argus they hoped the addition of scaffolding around the Odeon at the weekend, could provide the opportunity for something to be done.

He said: “The screening of the building would be of great benefit to the city centre in general and the City Park in particular.

“Whilst I can appreciate that the Homes and Communities Agency has all the legal processes to go through along with Langtree Artisan, I would hope that both parties recognise that as landowner and developer they have a responsibility to Bradford – and that they could find some way of resolving the legal problems and take advantage of the scaffolding being up to act to wrap the building to make it look more pleasing.

“We have been having discussions with them about wrapping the building for some time since they took over from Yorkshire Forward and I would hope they will be able to do the work prior to the opening of City Park at the end of March.

“It’s frustrating. I appreciate that they have taken on the responsibility for a lot of assets and are going through their new portfolio, but I would still hope they can make some progress here with as little delay as possible.”

A spokesman for the HCA told the T&A: “There will be a wrap but the question is who will put it up and when, as we don’t know at this stage.

“We don’t want to leave it as an eyesore, so we have a commitment to putting an appropriate wrap around the building, but it will depend on signing the section 106 and development agreement and how long that takes.”

Building wraps are commonly used for advertising or for obscuring buildings undergoing work or refurbishment. The design can often include an artist’s impression of what will be unveiled after the work has been completed underneath.

The T&A reported in 2010 how the Council first called for something to be done to prevent the Odeon being a blot on the landscape ahead of the opening of the City Park. At the time Yorkshire Forward said it was considering temporary cladding amid concerns the sight of the run-down building could overshadow the show piece development.

Cladding is currently being installed on part of the former police station on the edge of the City Park after half of the building was demolished to make way for the park scheme.

The HCA took over ownership of the Odeon site in September and is now in discussion with developer Langtree Artisan over a legal agreement which has yet to be signed and over the potential purchase of the site.

In 2009 the Council gave consent for the Odeon to be demolished and passed the designs for New Victoria Place, subject to the signing of the legal agreement. The redevelopment consists of a hotel, offices, restaurants and flats.

A structural survey has recently been undertaken by the HCA which resulted in scaffolding going up around the Odeon building at the weekend to allow vital health and safety work to be carried out on the roof. The work should be completed by the end of March, which means the scaffolding could still be in place by the time of the first major event in City Park – a celebration event which is being held on Saturday, March 24.

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10:38am Tue 14 Feb 12

Albion. says...

Cladding the half demolished police station, wrapping the under sentence of death Odeon! It just gets more pathetic by the day.
Cladding the half demolished police station, wrapping the under sentence of death Odeon! It just gets more pathetic by the day. Albion.
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10:41am Tue 14 Feb 12

Avro says...

Hiding the truth won't make it go away!
Hiding the truth won't make it go away! Avro
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10:47am Tue 14 Feb 12

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Hahahahahahaha, regeneration chiefs have grown frustrated at the lack of progress, hahahahaha, you couldn't make it up.
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Welcome to our world and how we feel with this shambles we have running the city.
Hahahahahahaha, regeneration chiefs have grown frustrated at the lack of progress, hahahahaha, you couldn't make it up. . Welcome to our world and how we feel with this shambles we have running the city. Thee Voice of Reason
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11:02am Tue 14 Feb 12

BD16 says...

If David Green had done the sensible thing and had the Odeon facade refurbished and then developed it as a concert/exhibition/c
onference venue then we wouldn't have this problem.

As it is we are going to have a Bradford landmark demolished for apartments that nobody wants to live in, offices that nobody will work in and yet another budget hotel.

Well done Bradford council.
If David Green had done the sensible thing and had the Odeon facade refurbished and then developed it as a concert/exhibition/c onference venue then we wouldn't have this problem. As it is we are going to have a Bradford landmark demolished for apartments that nobody wants to live in, offices that nobody will work in and yet another budget hotel. Well done Bradford council. BD16
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11:29am Tue 14 Feb 12

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Avro wrote:
Hiding the truth won't make it go away!
Looks like the new council plan is simply to hide problems in an attempt to make them go away.
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The Odeon has been rotting away long before the park was started to complain its an eyesore now is laughable.
[quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: Hiding the truth won't make it go away![/p][/quote]Looks like the new council plan is simply to hide problems in an attempt to make them go away. . The Odeon has been rotting away long before the park was started to complain its an eyesore now is laughable. Thee Voice of Reason
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11:36am Tue 14 Feb 12

Outraged Citizen says...

Sweep it under the carpet.

Perhaps they should get David Copperfield to make it disappear.
Sweep it under the carpet. Perhaps they should get David Copperfield to make it disappear. Outraged Citizen
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11:52am Tue 14 Feb 12

angry bradfordian says...

If I bought a mirror that reflected like the 'mirror pool' I'd be asking for my money back!

I'd like to know how much public money had been spent on maintenance, repairs & security to the Odeon since it closed- it must be running into hundreds of thousands by now.
If I bought a mirror that reflected like the 'mirror pool' I'd be asking for my money back! I'd like to know how much public money had been spent on maintenance, repairs & security to the Odeon since it closed- it must be running into hundreds of thousands by now. angry bradfordian
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12:15pm Tue 14 Feb 12

Rambo says...

They probably couldn't find a paper bag big enough.

"first major event in City Park – a celebration event which is being held on Saturday, March 24"

Thats only 6 weeks away - why not say what its in aid of? Wonder what its celebrating? Probably a Bradford Council Celebratory event, where they can all massage their own egos and invite the public help out. That or refugees and how they've improved Bradford.
They probably couldn't find a paper bag big enough. "first major event in City Park – a celebration event which is being held on Saturday, March 24" Thats only 6 weeks away - why not say what its in aid of? Wonder what its celebrating? Probably a Bradford Council Celebratory event, where they can all massage their own egos and invite the public help out. That or refugees and how they've improved Bradford. Rambo
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12:17pm Tue 14 Feb 12

BantamsRus says...

Out of sight, out of mind. - Oh, how I wish REAL life was so easy! Bradford Council live in Cloud Cuckoo Land!
Out of sight, out of mind. - Oh, how I wish REAL life was so easy! Bradford Council live in Cloud Cuckoo Land! BantamsRus
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12:18pm Tue 14 Feb 12

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Rambo wrote:
They probably couldn't find a paper bag big enough.

"first major event in City Park – a celebration event which is being held on Saturday, March 24"

Thats only 6 weeks away - why not say what its in aid of? Wonder what its celebrating? Probably a Bradford Council Celebratory event, where they can all massage their own egos and invite the public help out. That or refugees and how they've improved Bradford.
City are at home this weekend, i may pass through and warm up my voice by letting the councillors know what many of us think about this vanity project.
[quote][p][bold]Rambo[/bold] wrote: They probably couldn't find a paper bag big enough. "first major event in City Park – a celebration event which is being held on Saturday, March 24" Thats only 6 weeks away - why not say what its in aid of? Wonder what its celebrating? Probably a Bradford Council Celebratory event, where they can all massage their own egos and invite the public help out. That or refugees and how they've improved Bradford.[/p][/quote]City are at home this weekend, i may pass through and warm up my voice by letting the councillors know what many of us think about this vanity project. Thee Voice of Reason
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12:30pm Tue 14 Feb 12

Yorkshire Lass says...

Scaffolding is now going up at what cost and is it going to be the taxpayers money. As for cosmetically covering up the large Odeon Building in its entirety, so that the City Park will look better for its main opening, whoever authorises such a project should be fired. Does Bradford Council know we are in a recession or are they so ignorant and arrogant that they can still waste money in this manner.
Scaffolding is now going up at what cost and is it going to be the taxpayers money. As for cosmetically covering up the large Odeon Building in its entirety, so that the City Park will look better for its main opening, whoever authorises such a project should be fired. Does Bradford Council know we are in a recession or are they so ignorant and arrogant that they can still waste money in this manner. Yorkshire Lass
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12:32pm Tue 14 Feb 12

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Yorkshire Lass wrote:
Scaffolding is now going up at what cost and is it going to be the taxpayers money. As for cosmetically covering up the large Odeon Building in its entirety, so that the City Park will look better for its main opening, whoever authorises such a project should be fired. Does Bradford Council know we are in a recession or are they so ignorant and arrogant that they can still waste money in this manner.
Don't worry all they need to do is close a few more care homes to get the money.
[quote][p][bold]Yorkshire Lass[/bold] wrote: Scaffolding is now going up at what cost and is it going to be the taxpayers money. As for cosmetically covering up the large Odeon Building in its entirety, so that the City Park will look better for its main opening, whoever authorises such a project should be fired. Does Bradford Council know we are in a recession or are they so ignorant and arrogant that they can still waste money in this manner.[/p][/quote]Don't worry all they need to do is close a few more care homes to get the money. Thee Voice of Reason
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12:33pm Tue 14 Feb 12

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

I thought the council had already put a wrap around the whole of the city outside City Hall because they clearly can't see that the whole place is an eyesore. What chance of progress is there with such a forward thinking council. I just can't wait to see what "celebration event" will entail. Celebrate what exactly?
I thought the council had already put a wrap around the whole of the city outside City Hall because they clearly can't see that the whole place is an eyesore. What chance of progress is there with such a forward thinking council. I just can't wait to see what "celebration event" will entail. Celebrate what exactly? I can see clearly now...
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12:39pm Tue 14 Feb 12

Pity poor Bfd! says...

Like many people I don't go into Bradford anymore - there's little point because there's no quality retail. So I decided to make a special trip on Saturday morning to see what all the fuss was about.

To say I was disappointed is an understatement. I was actually desperately upset and absolutely livid.

Whoever designed such a desolate, dreary, soulless space should hang their head in shame let alone the counsellors who approved it! No vision or forethought - just some C1970 block paving that isn't going to stand the test of time.

If you look at the image at the top of this piece the only buildings of any architectural value are the Odeon and the Alhambra.

Isn't it time Bradford Council just packed their bags and left, they've done nothing but damage here!
Like many people I don't go into Bradford anymore - there's little point because there's no quality retail. So I decided to make a special trip on Saturday morning to see what all the fuss was about. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. I was actually desperately upset and absolutely livid. Whoever designed such a desolate, dreary, soulless space should hang their head in shame let alone the counsellors who approved it! No vision or forethought - just some C1970 block paving that isn't going to stand the test of time. If you look at the image at the top of this piece the only buildings of any architectural value are the Odeon and the Alhambra. Isn't it time Bradford Council just packed their bags and left, they've done nothing but damage here! Pity poor Bfd!
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12:46pm Tue 14 Feb 12

Tex@s37 says...

Why was all that money spent to construct a pond & fountain, that let's face it will just have rubbish thrown in it by all the scuffers. That money could have been spent on doing something about the Odeon building and transforming it into a live music venue or something. I can't actually believe what I'm reading here... they want to try and cover it up for an event! What an absolute joke! Bradford Council you are a joke!
Why was all that money spent to construct a pond & fountain, that let's face it will just have rubbish thrown in it by all the scuffers. That money could have been spent on doing something about the Odeon building and transforming it into a live music venue or something. I can't actually believe what I'm reading here... they want to try and cover it up for an event! What an absolute joke! Bradford Council you are a joke! Tex@s37
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1:12pm Tue 14 Feb 12

legallyblonde says...

Its another case of "The Emperors New Clothes Syndrome" that the whole council seems to suffer from - time to take off the rose tinted specs and see what a mess Bradford is - I dont know where they are looking but the Odeon is the least of the worries about Bradford, and if they had done the right thing in the first place the Odeon would now be a music venue that we lack and in use and bringing tourists to one tiny corner of the City, young people = live music = money coming to Bradford instead of going to Leeds Sheffield etc to see bands, plus if they played their cards right maybe music classes to get some of the kids off the streets could be run - and maybe tea dances for the more mature generation too. But meanwhile the council think they can throw a cover over it and it will go away.
Its another case of "The Emperors New Clothes Syndrome" that the whole council seems to suffer from - time to take off the rose tinted specs and see what a mess Bradford is - I dont know where they are looking but the Odeon is the least of the worries about Bradford, and if they had done the right thing in the first place the Odeon would now be a music venue that we lack and in use and bringing tourists to one tiny corner of the City, young people = live music = money coming to Bradford instead of going to Leeds Sheffield etc to see bands, plus if they played their cards right maybe music classes to get some of the kids off the streets could be run - and maybe tea dances for the more mature generation too. But meanwhile the council think they can throw a cover over it and it will go away. legallyblonde
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1:14pm Tue 14 Feb 12

Bradford_lad81 says...

When will this sorry saga end. All i can see of the "city park" everytime ive walked past or in the picture above is a few strategically placed puddles on a stone floor with 4-5 giant lamp posts. It really is a sorry waste of nearly £30 million. Someone at the council needs to be held account for this, especially when there is so much more in Bradford that could have put that money to good use. As suggested in previous comments above, £30 could have gone a long way towards developing the odeon site, or even kick starting the retail agenda without waiting on Westfield.

I hate being negative but the actions of Bradford council with matters such as this hardly give you reason to be positive.
When will this sorry saga end. All i can see of the "city park" everytime ive walked past or in the picture above is a few strategically placed puddles on a stone floor with 4-5 giant lamp posts. It really is a sorry waste of nearly £30 million. Someone at the council needs to be held account for this, especially when there is so much more in Bradford that could have put that money to good use. As suggested in previous comments above, £30 could have gone a long way towards developing the odeon site, or even kick starting the retail agenda without waiting on Westfield. I hate being negative but the actions of Bradford council with matters such as this hardly give you reason to be positive. Bradford_lad81
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1:16pm Tue 14 Feb 12

Bradford_lad81 says...

Thats £30 million, not £30
Thats £30 million, not £30 Bradford_lad81
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1:19pm Tue 14 Feb 12

zippiehippie says...

Mirror pool? Mains leak, more like. Tesco's car park when it's flooded - now there's a real mirror pool!
Mirror pool? Mains leak, more like. Tesco's car park when it's flooded - now there's a real mirror pool! zippiehippie
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1:40pm Tue 14 Feb 12

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Mirror pool, Mirror pool on the floor,
Who are the most incompetent of all?
*Councillors look out of the City Hall to see their reflection*
Mirror pool, Mirror pool on the floor, Who are the most incompetent of all? *Councillors look out of the City Hall to see their reflection* Thee Voice of Reason
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1:49pm Tue 14 Feb 12

angry bradfordian says...

legallyblonde wrote:
Its another case of "The Emperors New Clothes Syndrome" that the whole council seems to suffer from - time to take off the rose tinted specs and see what a mess Bradford is - I dont know where they are looking but the Odeon is the least of the worries about Bradford, and if they had done the right thing in the first place the Odeon would now be a music venue that we lack and in use and bringing tourists to one tiny corner of the City, young people = live music = money coming to Bradford instead of going to Leeds Sheffield etc to see bands, plus if they played their cards right maybe music classes to get some of the kids off the streets could be run - and maybe tea dances for the more mature generation too. But meanwhile the council think they can throw a cover over it and it will go away.
I completely agree.
The council's main problem is that they seem to think that if they issue enough press releases about the pond then everybody will be brainwashed into thinking it's great.
A couple of weeks ago Councillor Green said that he'd only had good feedback from the public. My only conclusion of that is he's either a liar or he doesn't actually speak to the public. He obviously hasn't read these (admittedly small) sample of comments every time the pond is reported on.
Conversely, I am yet to meet a single person who thinks it was a good use of our money.
[quote][p][bold]legallyblonde[/bold] wrote: Its another case of "The Emperors New Clothes Syndrome" that the whole council seems to suffer from - time to take off the rose tinted specs and see what a mess Bradford is - I dont know where they are looking but the Odeon is the least of the worries about Bradford, and if they had done the right thing in the first place the Odeon would now be a music venue that we lack and in use and bringing tourists to one tiny corner of the City, young people = live music = money coming to Bradford instead of going to Leeds Sheffield etc to see bands, plus if they played their cards right maybe music classes to get some of the kids off the streets could be run - and maybe tea dances for the more mature generation too. But meanwhile the council think they can throw a cover over it and it will go away.[/p][/quote]I completely agree. The council's main problem is that they seem to think that if they issue enough press releases about the pond then everybody will be brainwashed into thinking it's great. A couple of weeks ago Councillor Green said that he'd only had good feedback from the public. My only conclusion of that is he's either a liar or he doesn't actually speak to the public. He obviously hasn't read these (admittedly small) sample of comments every time the pond is reported on. Conversely, I am yet to meet a single person who thinks it was a good use of our money. angry bradfordian
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2:13pm Tue 14 Feb 12

yangyeight says...

just watched the video, absolute pile of tosh!
everyone walking past does not look interested in the puddle (too busy worrying about beggars!)
the odeon and alhambra are all that makes the picture look good.
make sure i'm busy on 24th i think, shopping in halifax, hudderfield, wakey or white rose if city away.......
just watched the video, absolute pile of tosh! everyone walking past does not look interested in the puddle (too busy worrying about beggars!) the odeon and alhambra are all that makes the picture look good. make sure i'm busy on 24th i think, shopping in halifax, hudderfield, wakey or white rose if city away....... yangyeight
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2:33pm Tue 14 Feb 12

Bowling Girl says...

The nicest thing that's reflected in the pool is the Odeon.
I no longer live in Bradford, but visit occasionally - very sad to see what they have done to her.
The nicest thing that's reflected in the pool is the Odeon. I no longer live in Bradford, but visit occasionally - very sad to see what they have done to her. Bowling Girl
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2:37pm Tue 14 Feb 12

shoesman1 says...

sorry but just looks like the pond that i used to freeze my nuts at when i used to go fishing but maybee when it freezes over in the winter time you could always do a spot of ice skating on it sorry but the odeon thing should have been done up onley my thoughts hear
sorry but just looks like the pond that i used to freeze my nuts at when i used to go fishing but maybee when it freezes over in the winter time you could always do a spot of ice skating on it sorry but the odeon thing should have been done up onley my thoughts hear shoesman1
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2:55pm Tue 14 Feb 12

shoesman1 says...

when i come to bradford next i could bring my beach caster whith me and see if i can catch eny thing in the mirror pool
when i come to bradford next i could bring my beach caster whith me and see if i can catch eny thing in the mirror pool shoesman1
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3:26pm Tue 14 Feb 12

spinnekop says...

This is a joke, right?
This is a joke, right? spinnekop
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3:26pm Tue 14 Feb 12

Banktop says...

Having just watched the video, im left speachless!
It looks like another big hole, only a flooded one this time. Maybe they could introduce the unwanted geese from Leeds / Bradford airport, then let them fly into an aircraft that will take out the whole city centre in one go.
Having just watched the video, im left speachless! It looks like another big hole, only a flooded one this time. Maybe they could introduce the unwanted geese from Leeds / Bradford airport, then let them fly into an aircraft that will take out the whole city centre in one go. Banktop
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3:44pm Tue 14 Feb 12

TheClouds says...

If Bradford City Council was a married couple, and this "celebration event" a dinner with friends, the Odeon would be the disabled child they're hiding in the bedroom.
If Bradford City Council was a married couple, and this "celebration event" a dinner with friends, the Odeon would be the disabled child they're hiding in the bedroom. TheClouds
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4:41pm Tue 14 Feb 12

Clowny says...

What I don’t understand is why go to the trouble of hiding the Odeon when the courts are far uglier.
What I don’t understand is why go to the trouble of hiding the Odeon when the courts are far uglier. Clowny
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5:12pm Tue 14 Feb 12

legallyblonde says...

Just watched the video - is that it???? it looks like a leaky hosepipe - not exactly a mirror pool is it - I get that effect when I swill my steps for a lot less money!
Just watched the video - is that it???? it looks like a leaky hosepipe - not exactly a mirror pool is it - I get that effect when I swill my steps for a lot less money! legallyblonde
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5:22pm Tue 14 Feb 12

ollie59 says...

"A spokesman for the HCA told the T&A: “There will be a wrap but the question is who will put it up and when, as we don’t know at this stage"
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Plenty of volunteers to come forward with a wrap in Bradford I think
"A spokesman for the HCA told the T&A: “There will be a wrap but the question is who will put it up and when, as we don’t know at this stage" . Plenty of volunteers to come forward with a wrap in Bradford I think ollie59
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5:23pm Tue 14 Feb 12

More Ham says...

How much did it cost to make the area look like its flooded? The Odeon is one of the best buildings in Bradford! Someone somewhere got it so very very wrong.
How much did it cost to make the area look like its flooded? The Odeon is one of the best buildings in Bradford! Someone somewhere got it so very very wrong. More Ham
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5:40pm Tue 14 Feb 12

MontyLeMar says...

"If you look at the image at the top of this piece the only buildings of any architectural value are the Odeon and the Alhambra."
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My thoughts exactly!
For a bunch of over-paid executives to get into a lather about spoiling the opening event is pathetic. Look around! The whole town centre is a disaster zone - makes Athens look attractive, even after the street battles.
"If you look at the image at the top of this piece the only buildings of any architectural value are the Odeon and the Alhambra." . . My thoughts exactly! For a bunch of over-paid executives to get into a lather about spoiling the opening event is pathetic. Look around! The whole town centre is a disaster zone - makes Athens look attractive, even after the street battles. MontyLeMar
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6:13pm Tue 14 Feb 12

Joedavid says...

shoesman1 wrote:
when i come to bradford next i could bring my beach caster whith me and see if i can catch eny thing in the mirror pool
Catch a cold or something.
[quote][p][bold]shoesman1[/bold] wrote: when i come to bradford next i could bring my beach caster whith me and see if i can catch eny thing in the mirror pool[/p][/quote]Catch a cold or something. Joedavid
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7:24pm Tue 14 Feb 12

schroeder says...

It will look better refelected in the mirror pool as it is than if it was wrapped in plastic!
It will look better refelected in the mirror pool as it is than if it was wrapped in plastic! schroeder
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8:21pm Tue 14 Feb 12

picknick says...

Cladding is currently being installed on part of the former police station...
LOL
This cladding is see-through glass and behind the see-through glass is very Cheap Ply Board if this is the new Bradford Keep it and give us soon decent housing!!!!
Cladding is currently being installed on part of the former police station... LOL This cladding is see-through glass and behind the see-through glass is very Cheap Ply Board if this is the new Bradford Keep it and give us soon decent housing!!!! picknick
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9:11pm Tue 14 Feb 12

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

Leeds gets an indoor state of the art concert arena which will attract big name bands and thousands of visitors. Bradford gets an excuse for an outdoor jacuzzi which probably won't keep the drunks entertained for more than a few minutes. I've never been anywhere and thought "Wow, what fantastic fountains, I must come here again". I can't see for the life of me how it's cost the figures quoted. Bradford has been hoodwinked yet again. You could not make it up...
Leeds gets an indoor state of the art concert arena which will attract big name bands and thousands of visitors. Bradford gets an excuse for an outdoor jacuzzi which probably won't keep the drunks entertained for more than a few minutes. I've never been anywhere and thought "Wow, what fantastic fountains, I must come here again". I can't see for the life of me how it's cost the figures quoted. Bradford has been hoodwinked yet again. You could not make it up... I can see clearly now...
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9:35pm Tue 14 Feb 12

RichShiel says...

Once again Bradford loses out to a lack of vision from its own planners.
The Art Deco Odeon Cinema is just another gem waiting to be lost for ever in a once proud city's crown. Take a look at Leeds which has retained its beautiful buildings but not Bradford!
Regeneration in our city centre will not come with water fountains and ponds.
but by perhaps making Bradford into a centre of culture and the arts. We should be proud of our Art Deco Odeon and put it to good use, and put a spirit of hope back into Bradford. May I suggest that turning the Odeon into an Art Gallery and Social History Museum could make our city centre attractive. Come on Bradford wake up!
and don't hide the Odeon.
Once again Bradford loses out to a lack of vision from its own planners. The Art Deco Odeon Cinema is just another gem waiting to be lost for ever in a once proud city's crown. Take a look at Leeds which has retained its beautiful buildings but not Bradford! Regeneration in our city centre will not come with water fountains and ponds. but by perhaps making Bradford into a centre of culture and the arts. We should be proud of our Art Deco Odeon and put it to good use, and put a spirit of hope back into Bradford. May I suggest that turning the Odeon into an Art Gallery and Social History Museum could make our city centre attractive. Come on Bradford wake up! and don't hide the Odeon. RichShiel
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10:55pm Tue 14 Feb 12

Reality001 says...

BD16 wrote:
If David Green had done the sensible thing and had the Odeon facade refurbished and then developed it as a concert/exhibition/c onference venue then we wouldn't have this problem. As it is we are going to have a Bradford landmark demolished for apartments that nobody wants to live in, offices that nobody will work in and yet another budget hotel. Well done Bradford council.
Bradford Council did not own the building or have the money to buy it !!
[quote][p][bold]BD16[/bold] wrote: If David Green had done the sensible thing and had the Odeon facade refurbished and then developed it as a concert/exhibition/c onference venue then we wouldn't have this problem. As it is we are going to have a Bradford landmark demolished for apartments that nobody wants to live in, offices that nobody will work in and yet another budget hotel. Well done Bradford council.[/p][/quote]Bradford Council did not own the building or have the money to buy it !! Reality001
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10:57pm Tue 14 Feb 12

Thee Voice of Reason says...

I bet the meeting to decide on the pond was like that episode of the Simpsons where they buy the monorail.
I bet the meeting to decide on the pond was like that episode of the Simpsons where they buy the monorail. Thee Voice of Reason
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11:00pm Tue 14 Feb 12

Reality001 says...

Bradford_lad81 wrote:
When will this sorry saga end. All i can see of the "city park" everytime ive walked past or in the picture above is a few strategically placed puddles on a stone floor with 4-5 giant lamp posts. It really is a sorry waste of nearly £30 million. Someone at the council needs to be held account for this, especially when there is so much more in Bradford that could have put that money to good use. As suggested in previous comments above, £30 could have gone a long way towards developing the odeon site, or even kick starting the retail agenda without waiting on Westfield. I hate being negative but the actions of Bradford council with matters such as this hardly give you reason to be positive.
So Bradford Council should spend £30million pounds towards developments it does not own - Where does the value for money come into that
[quote][p][bold]Bradford_lad81[/bold] wrote: When will this sorry saga end. All i can see of the "city park" everytime ive walked past or in the picture above is a few strategically placed puddles on a stone floor with 4-5 giant lamp posts. It really is a sorry waste of nearly £30 million. Someone at the council needs to be held account for this, especially when there is so much more in Bradford that could have put that money to good use. As suggested in previous comments above, £30 could have gone a long way towards developing the odeon site, or even kick starting the retail agenda without waiting on Westfield. I hate being negative but the actions of Bradford council with matters such as this hardly give you reason to be positive.[/p][/quote]So Bradford Council should spend £30million pounds towards developments it does not own - Where does the value for money come into that Reality001
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11:13pm Tue 14 Feb 12

mrs walker says...

Tex@s37 wrote:
Why was all that money spent to construct a pond & fountain, that let's face it will just have rubbish thrown in it by all the scuffers. That money could have been spent on doing something about the Odeon building and transforming it into a live music venue or something. I can't actually believe what I'm reading here... they want to try and cover it up for an event! What an absolute joke! Bradford Council you are a joke!
The money was assigned by the previous LibDem/Tory coalition council, who also, under the direction of Kris Hopkins, now a Tory MP, stitched up the thousands of people who wanted to see the building saved, by holding a kangaroo court of planners and councillors and using the threat of possible legal action to push through the regeneration order.

But because of the debacle with the Westfield hole they can't knock it down until the new development is assured, so the last council allowed the building to deteriorate (google 'cut pipes odeon'). Some might suggest this was a deliberate move, in the hope that it would become so decrepit that it would become a public safety hazard.


Bradford Council aren't brilliant but be fair - the present incumbents had their hands tied with both the city park, and the Odeon. The paperwork was signed. They couldn't get out of the contracts that the previous council had signed up to.
[quote][p][bold]Tex@s37[/bold] wrote: Why was all that money spent to construct a pond & fountain, that let's face it will just have rubbish thrown in it by all the scuffers. That money could have been spent on doing something about the Odeon building and transforming it into a live music venue or something. I can't actually believe what I'm reading here... they want to try and cover it up for an event! What an absolute joke! Bradford Council you are a joke![/p][/quote]The money was assigned by the previous LibDem/Tory coalition council, who also, under the direction of Kris Hopkins, now a Tory MP, stitched up the thousands of people who wanted to see the building saved, by holding a kangaroo court of planners and councillors and using the threat of possible legal action to push through the regeneration order. But because of the debacle with the Westfield hole they can't knock it down until the new development is assured, so the last council allowed the building to deteriorate (google 'cut pipes odeon'). Some might suggest this was a deliberate move, in the hope that it would become so decrepit that it would become a public safety hazard. Bradford Council aren't brilliant but be fair - the present incumbents had their hands tied with both the city park, and the Odeon. The paperwork was signed. They couldn't get out of the contracts that the previous council had signed up to. mrs walker
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11:34pm Tue 14 Feb 12

mrs walker says...

And let me add that, ultimately, the decision to destroy the Odeon - despite massive public support for the grand old lady - was nothing to do with democracy, or town planning or citizenship. It was an oligarchic decision, by a number of influential parties all of whom had a particular interest in seeing the public's desired outcome fail.

Demolishing the Odeon supported the T&A's future business interests (the selling of the T&A press hall to extend St George's Hall). Demolishing the Odeon seemed to become something of an ideological crusade for Maud Marshall of BCR, and for Kris Hopkins too.

The more the little people of Bradford fought to save the parts of their city that they had pride in, the more determined the controllers of budgets, and power and policy were to stamp their bootmark on a city they didn't even live in.

By the end of their tenure, it felt like spite.
And let me add that, ultimately, the decision to destroy the Odeon - despite massive public support for the grand old lady - was nothing to do with democracy, or town planning or citizenship. It was an oligarchic decision, by a number of influential parties all of whom had a particular interest in seeing the public's desired outcome fail. Demolishing the Odeon supported the T&A's future business interests (the selling of the T&A press hall to extend St George's Hall). Demolishing the Odeon seemed to become something of an ideological crusade for Maud Marshall of BCR, and for Kris Hopkins too. The more the little people of Bradford fought to save the parts of their city that they had pride in, the more determined the controllers of budgets, and power and policy were to stamp their bootmark on a city they didn't even live in. By the end of their tenure, it felt like spite. mrs walker
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11:43pm Tue 14 Feb 12

RichShiel says...

Reality001 wrote:
Bradford_lad81 wrote: When will this sorry saga end. All i can see of the "city park" everytime ive walked past or in the picture above is a few strategically placed puddles on a stone floor with 4-5 giant lamp posts. It really is a sorry waste of nearly £30 million. Someone at the council needs to be held account for this, especially when there is so much more in Bradford that could have put that money to good use. As suggested in previous comments above, £30 could have gone a long way towards developing the odeon site, or even kick starting the retail agenda without waiting on Westfield. I hate being negative but the actions of Bradford council with matters such as this hardly give you reason to be positive.
So Bradford Council should spend £30million pounds towards developments it does not own - Where does the value for money come into that
Bradford might not have money to spend but its flawed planning has wasted millions. The approved developements which have turned out to be disasters ever since the 1960's.
Bradford City Planning needs to step back and take a long hard look at itself and see what it is really doing!
[quote][p][bold]Reality001[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bradford_lad81[/bold] wrote: When will this sorry saga end. All i can see of the "city park" everytime ive walked past or in the picture above is a few strategically placed puddles on a stone floor with 4-5 giant lamp posts. It really is a sorry waste of nearly £30 million. Someone at the council needs to be held account for this, especially when there is so much more in Bradford that could have put that money to good use. As suggested in previous comments above, £30 could have gone a long way towards developing the odeon site, or even kick starting the retail agenda without waiting on Westfield. I hate being negative but the actions of Bradford council with matters such as this hardly give you reason to be positive.[/p][/quote]So Bradford Council should spend £30million pounds towards developments it does not own - Where does the value for money come into that[/p][/quote]Bradford might not have money to spend but its flawed planning has wasted millions. The approved developements which have turned out to be disasters ever since the 1960's. Bradford City Planning needs to step back and take a long hard look at itself and see what it is really doing! RichShiel
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8:25am Wed 15 Feb 12

RobsterUK says...

Typical fickle people of Bradford, moan moan moan. If this was in Leeds you'd all be moaning "how come Leeds always gets things like this and we get left behind". Personally I cannot wait for the Odeon to be demolished. It is an eyesore and needs to go. Get a decent bar to replace the Lloyd pub and the centre will be thriving soon. These things take time and people of Bradford need to wake up and leave the past behind.
Typical fickle people of Bradford, moan moan moan. If this was in Leeds you'd all be moaning "how come Leeds always gets things like this and we get left behind". Personally I cannot wait for the Odeon to be demolished. It is an eyesore and needs to go. Get a decent bar to replace the Lloyd pub and the centre will be thriving soon. These things take time and people of Bradford need to wake up and leave the past behind. RobsterUK
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8:36am Wed 15 Feb 12

Thee Voice of Reason says...

RobsterUK wrote:
Typical fickle people of Bradford, moan moan moan. If this was in Leeds you'd all be moaning "how come Leeds always gets things like this and we get left behind". Personally I cannot wait for the Odeon to be demolished. It is an eyesore and needs to go. Get a decent bar to replace the Lloyd pub and the centre will be thriving soon. These things take time and people of Bradford need to wake up and leave the past behind.
Take time?
It's not like the Odeon has been closed for over a decade is it, exactly how much time are you talking about?
[quote][p][bold]RobsterUK[/bold] wrote: Typical fickle people of Bradford, moan moan moan. If this was in Leeds you'd all be moaning "how come Leeds always gets things like this and we get left behind". Personally I cannot wait for the Odeon to be demolished. It is an eyesore and needs to go. Get a decent bar to replace the Lloyd pub and the centre will be thriving soon. These things take time and people of Bradford need to wake up and leave the past behind.[/p][/quote]Take time? It's not like the Odeon has been closed for over a decade is it, exactly how much time are you talking about? Thee Voice of Reason
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9:26am Wed 15 Feb 12

johnhem says...

reality001 and robster uk must work for the council with their lack of vision. the alhambra and the odeon compliment each other with their designs. a refurbished as a concert venue on the inside and a paint and decorate similar to the alhambra on the outside and the odeon would look fantastic even in the cr@ppy mirror pool. lights on the domes matching the alhambra and even the night would look brighter for once in our town centre. and you think a bar will suffice? there's more vision at the institute for the blind.
reality001 and robster uk must work for the council with their lack of vision. the alhambra and the odeon compliment each other with their designs. a refurbished as a concert venue on the inside and a paint and decorate similar to the alhambra on the outside and the odeon would look fantastic even in the cr@ppy mirror pool. lights on the domes matching the alhambra and even the night would look brighter for once in our town centre. and you think a bar will suffice? there's more vision at the institute for the blind. johnhem
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10:04am Wed 15 Feb 12

MisterBD says...

just leave it as it is fits in well with the rest of the dump!
just leave it as it is fits in well with the rest of the dump! MisterBD
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10:24am Wed 15 Feb 12

picknick says...

This was supposed to bring new investment to the city Toymaster Gone Fattorini's Going more shops saying they will be leaving soon so much for new investment Bradford more than the national average of shops closed mills getting torched along with the anti-social behaviour this will attract suppose someone in the city hall will get a huge bonus "For Helping The City Die"
This was supposed to bring new investment to the city Toymaster Gone Fattorini's Going more shops saying they will be leaving soon so much for new investment Bradford more than the national average of shops closed mills getting torched along with the anti-social behaviour this will attract suppose someone in the city hall will get a huge bonus "For Helping The City Die" picknick
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1:31pm Wed 15 Feb 12

Superdoo says...

The Council should apply for a wildlife protection licence considering all the white elephants in the City at the moment, the £30m+ shambles in Centenary Square being the most recent. Anyway, wouldn't airbrushing the Odeon out of their pictures be much cheaper than covering it up...

You couldn't make this up could you?
The Council should apply for a wildlife protection licence considering all the white elephants in the City at the moment, the £30m+ shambles in Centenary Square being the most recent. Anyway, wouldn't airbrushing the Odeon out of their pictures be much cheaper than covering it up... You couldn't make this up could you? Superdoo
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1:51pm Wed 15 Feb 12

Lizzydripping says...

RobsterUK wrote:
Typical fickle people of Bradford, moan moan moan. If this was in Leeds you'd all be moaning "how come Leeds always gets things like this and we get left behind". Personally I cannot wait for the Odeon to be demolished. It is an eyesore and needs to go. Get a decent bar to replace the Lloyd pub and the centre will be thriving soon. These things take time and people of Bradford need to wake up and leave the past behind.
Do you actually live here?
[quote][p][bold]RobsterUK[/bold] wrote: Typical fickle people of Bradford, moan moan moan. If this was in Leeds you'd all be moaning "how come Leeds always gets things like this and we get left behind". Personally I cannot wait for the Odeon to be demolished. It is an eyesore and needs to go. Get a decent bar to replace the Lloyd pub and the centre will be thriving soon. These things take time and people of Bradford need to wake up and leave the past behind.[/p][/quote]Do you actually live here? Lizzydripping
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5:21pm Wed 15 Feb 12

TirNaNog says...

You might be able to cover it up but we'll still be able to smell it. It hums!
Wrap it in dynamite and I'll gladly press the button!
You might be able to cover it up but we'll still be able to smell it. It hums! Wrap it in dynamite and I'll gladly press the button! TirNaNog
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6:42pm Wed 15 Feb 12

Clowny says...

RobsterUK wrote:
Typical fickle people of Bradford, moan moan moan. If this was in Leeds you'd all be moaning "how come Leeds always gets things like this and we get left behind". Personally I cannot wait for the Odeon to be demolished. It is an eyesore and needs to go. Get a decent bar to replace the Lloyd pub and the centre will be thriving soon. These things take time and people of Bradford need to wake up and leave the past behind.
Bradford's regeneration buzz was started in the late 80's with the bouncing back campaign. For over 10 years the official footfall survey has shown a massive decline.
.
How much more time is needed?
[quote][p][bold]RobsterUK[/bold] wrote: Typical fickle people of Bradford, moan moan moan. If this was in Leeds you'd all be moaning "how come Leeds always gets things like this and we get left behind". Personally I cannot wait for the Odeon to be demolished. It is an eyesore and needs to go. Get a decent bar to replace the Lloyd pub and the centre will be thriving soon. These things take time and people of Bradford need to wake up and leave the past behind.[/p][/quote]Bradford's regeneration buzz was started in the late 80's with the bouncing back campaign. For over 10 years the official footfall survey has shown a massive decline. . How much more time is needed? Clowny
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11:43pm Wed 15 Feb 12

roksee says...

Wow, thanks T and A for such a wonderfull picture, the Odeon looks fantastic reflected in the pool, its like having our own twin towers(wembley), with the Alhambra just of to the left....Can i have a copy please.

Once again, that picture just goes to show why we should retain the Odeon.

Such a breath of fresh air.
Wow, thanks T and A for such a wonderfull picture, the Odeon looks fantastic reflected in the pool, its like having our own twin towers(wembley), with the Alhambra just of to the left....Can i have a copy please. Once again, that picture just goes to show why we should retain the Odeon. Such a breath of fresh air. roksee
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12:20am Thu 16 Feb 12

Visit Bradford, ratherstickneedlesineyes says...

What a lovely sight it will be in the summer with all the scrats with there mckensie three quarter length joggers, bear chested drinking there blue wkd's outside lloyds, throwing obsanities at passing ladies, before running through the puddle to punch some unlucky chap in the chops for staring at them through the reflection of the pond!

Do Bradford council really think they can polish a turd!
What a lovely sight it will be in the summer with all the scrats with there mckensie three quarter length joggers, bear chested drinking there blue wkd's outside lloyds, throwing obsanities at passing ladies, before running through the puddle to punch some unlucky chap in the chops for staring at them through the reflection of the pond! Do Bradford council really think they can polish a turd! Visit Bradford, ratherstickneedlesineyes
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8:30am Thu 16 Feb 12

stiflers mom says...

Is it me or does bratfud actually look
better in black and white than it does in colour !!!
Is it me or does bratfud actually look better in black and white than it does in colour !!! stiflers mom
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11:12am Thu 16 Feb 12

Crags says...

The city park is utter nonsense and a waste of money. I have lived all my life in and around Bradford and am truly embarrassed by the laughing stock it has become over the years. No one wants to invest in a deadbeat city. If my employer relocates to Leeds then I will never have to set foot in the crater mess again.
The city park is utter nonsense and a waste of money. I have lived all my life in and around Bradford and am truly embarrassed by the laughing stock it has become over the years. No one wants to invest in a deadbeat city. If my employer relocates to Leeds then I will never have to set foot in the crater mess again. Crags
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12:18pm Thu 16 Feb 12

tonksy69 says...

If it isnt within 100ft of city hall then the council are not interested.
Keep burying your heads in the sand because one day its going to come and bite you on the a**e!!...
If it isnt within 100ft of city hall then the council are not interested. Keep burying your heads in the sand because one day its going to come and bite you on the a**e!!... tonksy69
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12:51pm Thu 16 Feb 12

H8E US says...

the city park mirror pool hahahahahaha what a joke its looks more like a large puddle
the city park mirror pool hahahahahaha what a joke its looks more like a large puddle H8E US
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7:28pm Thu 16 Feb 12

Lizzydripping says...

Visit Bradford, ratherstickneedlesin
eyes
wrote:
What a lovely sight it will be in the summer with all the scrats with there mckensie three quarter length joggers, bear chested drinking there blue wkd's outside lloyds, throwing obsanities at passing ladies, before running through the puddle to punch some unlucky chap in the chops for staring at them through the reflection of the pond!

Do Bradford council really think they can polish a turd!
Hahaha. Thanks for a good laugh.
[quote][p][bold]Visit Bradford, ratherstickneedlesin eyes[/bold] wrote: What a lovely sight it will be in the summer with all the scrats with there mckensie three quarter length joggers, bear chested drinking there blue wkd's outside lloyds, throwing obsanities at passing ladies, before running through the puddle to punch some unlucky chap in the chops for staring at them through the reflection of the pond! Do Bradford council really think they can polish a turd![/p][/quote]Hahaha. Thanks for a good laugh. Lizzydripping
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8:27pm Sat 18 Feb 12

MisterBD says...

just demolish it - starting at the town centre and the work outwards !
just demolish it - starting at the town centre and the work outwards ! MisterBD
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9:08pm Sat 18 Feb 12

Reality001 says...

Crags wrote:
The city park is utter nonsense and a waste of money. I have lived all my life in and around Bradford and am truly embarrassed by the laughing stock it has become over the years. No one wants to invest in a deadbeat city. If my employer relocates to Leeds then I will never have to set foot in the crater mess again.
Then don't blame any one but yourself for shops going bust in Bradford.

Taking your money to Leeds is no different to an immigrant sending their money abroad.
[quote][p][bold]Crags[/bold] wrote: The city park is utter nonsense and a waste of money. I have lived all my life in and around Bradford and am truly embarrassed by the laughing stock it has become over the years. No one wants to invest in a deadbeat city. If my employer relocates to Leeds then I will never have to set foot in the crater mess again.[/p][/quote]Then don't blame any one but yourself for shops going bust in Bradford. Taking your money to Leeds is no different to an immigrant sending their money abroad. Reality001
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11:45pm Sat 18 Feb 12

BD2 Wfc says...

The problem here is a the local media T&A who just print what they're spoon fed by the council, rather than investigating these ridiculous schemes like proper journalists should.
The problem here is a the local media T&A who just print what they're spoon fed by the council, rather than investigating these ridiculous schemes like proper journalists should. BD2 Wfc
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8:55pm Sun 19 Feb 12

Ladyshrew says...

The "pool" actually looks nice when the lights and fountains are actually working! My issue is that they needed to spend £30million on it. I actually wonder how much of that money was spent on the construction rather than paying consultants etc...
In order to attract shoppers and investment I agree that the toilet that Bradford has become needs renovating however I desperately feel that more could have been done for the money
The "pool" actually looks nice when the lights and fountains are actually working! My issue is that they needed to spend £30million on it. I actually wonder how much of that money was spent on the construction rather than paying consultants etc... In order to attract shoppers and investment I agree that the toilet that Bradford has become needs renovating however I desperately feel that more could have been done for the money Ladyshrew
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10:08pm Sun 19 Feb 12

BD2 Wfc says...

I've only just watched the video,is that supposed to a joke?
I've only just watched the video,is that supposed to a joke? BD2 Wfc
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12:26am Mon 20 Feb 12

Outraged Citizen says...

Visit Bradford, ratherstickneedlesin
eyes
wrote:
What a lovely sight it will be in the summer with all the scrats with there mckensie three quarter length joggers, bear chested drinking there blue wkd's outside lloyds, throwing obsanities at passing ladies, before running through the puddle to punch some unlucky chap in the chops for staring at them through the reflection of the pond!

Do Bradford council really think they can polish a turd!
What on earth are "mckensie three quarter length joggers" ? Some type of training shoes perhaps? or is it a raincoat? I give in.
[quote][p][bold]Visit Bradford, ratherstickneedlesin eyes[/bold] wrote: What a lovely sight it will be in the summer with all the scrats with there mckensie three quarter length joggers, bear chested drinking there blue wkd's outside lloyds, throwing obsanities at passing ladies, before running through the puddle to punch some unlucky chap in the chops for staring at them through the reflection of the pond! Do Bradford council really think they can polish a turd![/p][/quote]What on earth are "mckensie three quarter length joggers" ? Some type of training shoes perhaps? or is it a raincoat? I give in. Outraged Citizen
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12:31am Mon 20 Feb 12

Outraged Citizen says...

TirNaNog wrote:
You might be able to cover it up but we'll still be able to smell it. It hums!
Wrap it in dynamite and I'll gladly press the button!
Turn it into a new Jobcentre, just some new carpets, desks, and a few fake plants....and THEN dynamite it!
[quote][p][bold]TirNaNog[/bold] wrote: You might be able to cover it up but we'll still be able to smell it. It hums! Wrap it in dynamite and I'll gladly press the button![/p][/quote]Turn it into a new Jobcentre, just some new carpets, desks, and a few fake plants....and THEN dynamite it! Outraged Citizen
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2:16am Mon 20 Feb 12

6teddies says...

What did the ghost supposed to of said about Bradford- Ah yes pity poor bradford how very true i actually think these so-called councillers are eventually going to drive all the bradfordians out and knock the rest of the town down
Well not to worry "they know what they're doing?!" Right?? lol
What did the ghost supposed to of said about Bradford- Ah yes pity poor bradford how very true i actually think these so-called councillers are eventually going to drive all the bradfordians out and knock the rest of the town down Well not to worry "they know what they're doing?!" Right?? lol 6teddies
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2:29am Mon 20 Feb 12

6teddies says...

Bye bye Bradford going and i dare say will be forgotten pity but true back to the shire you once was they use to say Bradford bouncing back yes back into the gutter.
All the grand old buildings are nearly gone and the fat cats are getting fatter i wonder what they will sell next or destory maybe the townhall any offers out there
Bye bye Bradford going and i dare say will be forgotten pity but true back to the shire you once was they use to say Bradford bouncing back yes back into the gutter. All the grand old buildings are nearly gone and the fat cats are getting fatter i wonder what they will sell next or destory maybe the townhall any offers out there 6teddies
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2:31pm Mon 20 Feb 12

DevonBull says...

I really do not understand why they dont just demolish the Odeon and move on! Stop talking and just do it asap! Quite simple really!
I really do not understand why they dont just demolish the Odeon and move on! Stop talking and just do it asap! Quite simple really! DevonBull
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12:51am Tue 21 Feb 12

6teddies says...

DevonBull i agree we all know the council has agreed to this knock it down before it falls down and kills someone put a carpark there and charge the earth or get that old lad from Haworth
DevonBull i agree we all know the council has agreed to this knock it down before it falls down and kills someone put a carpark there and charge the earth or get that old lad from Haworth 6teddies
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3:56pm Tue 21 Feb 12

Paul BT says...

Why not just jet wash it as it is a very beautiful building and complements the bland new water scape. In fact both the Odeon and Alhambra buildings are very beautiful, a real asset to an otherwise lost city. Bradford council must be mad not doing something positive sooner to make something of the Odeon building.
Why not just jet wash it as it is a very beautiful building and complements the bland new water scape. In fact both the Odeon and Alhambra buildings are very beautiful, a real asset to an otherwise lost city. Bradford council must be mad not doing something positive sooner to make something of the Odeon building. Paul BT
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10:41am Sun 26 Feb 12

Peter_X says...

What the people who want to cover up the Odeon won't admit to is that the Odeon, with its stylish domes, looks, to a visitor's eye, very much like a mosque and everyone, anywhere who has ever heard of Bradford will have almost certainly only heard of it due to one thing - its large Pakistani population.

Maybe they could mask all the Asians who seem to be wandering around Bradford wherever you go by making them wear paper bags over their heads, just for the day?

Who knows, with any luck it may become a trend?
What the people who want to cover up the Odeon won't admit to is that the Odeon, with its stylish domes, looks, to a visitor's eye, very much like a mosque and everyone, anywhere who has ever heard of Bradford will have almost certainly only heard of it due to one thing - its large Pakistani population. Maybe they could mask all the Asians who seem to be wandering around Bradford wherever you go by making them wear paper bags over their heads, just for the day? Who knows, with any luck it may become a trend? Peter_X
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11:04am Sun 26 Feb 12

Peter_X says...

Maybe it's just me, but those masts around the side of the pool seem to have an 'Islamic' look about them. Minarets?
Maybe it's just me, but those masts around the side of the pool seem to have an 'Islamic' look about them. Minarets? Peter_X
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