Commons Communities and Local Government committee told how Bradford is behind enterprise zone bid

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Regeneration chief Barra Mac Ruairi Regeneration chief Barra Mac Ruairi

A top Bradford Council official used a copy of the Telegraph & Argus to show a powerful Parliamentary committee how the city is united in bringing regeneration to the district.

Barra Mac Ruairi, strategic director of regeneration and culture at Bradford Council, gave evidence last night before the Commons Communities and Local Government committee into regeneration.

He told MPs that Bradford becoming an enterprise zone would be the boost the city needed.

The city centre has been shortlisted to become the new Enterprise Zone for the Leeds City Region, but three other areas are also being considered.

A decision is expected later this month.

Mr Mac Ruairi said: “There has been significant entrepreneurial growth in Bradford and these jobs have grown and lasted and it needs to be pushed.

"There is a chance for us as a growing population to achieve more.” But he warned: “There are structural issues and cities with post-industrial history need continued investment to unleash opportunities.”

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9:13am Thu 9 Jun 11

Rambo says...

"A top Bradford Council official used a copy of the Telegraph & Argus to show a powerful Parliamentary committee how the city is united in bringing regeneration to the district."
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Are you sh*tting us?
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Why not show them the comments on here to get an idea of what many local think of the "regeneration" of the city. And also what they think of Barra Macs disgusting & insulting annual salary.
"A top Bradford Council official used a copy of the Telegraph & Argus to show a powerful Parliamentary committee how the city is united in bringing regeneration to the district." . Are you sh*tting us? . Why not show them the comments on here to get an idea of what many local think of the "regeneration" of the city. And also what they think of Barra Macs disgusting & insulting annual salary. Rambo

9:19am Thu 9 Jun 11

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Does anyone believe a word this guy says?
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"There has been significant entrepreneurial growth in Bradford and these jobs have grown and lasted"
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What a load of tripe.
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If Bradford is such a great city Barra, why do you live in Sheffield?
Does anyone believe a word this guy says? . "There has been significant entrepreneurial growth in Bradford and these jobs have grown and lasted" . What a load of tripe. . If Bradford is such a great city Barra, why do you live in Sheffield? Thee Voice of Reason

9:22am Thu 9 Jun 11

rugger-tyke says...

But he warned: “There are structural issues and cities with post-industrial history need continued investment to unleash opportunities.”


You mean like Sheffield, where you reside, where still exist the buildings that were unnecessarily flattened here , which has developed the more public parts of the centre and when Bradford get this, could follow as an example ?.

Wouldn't be MR. Ruairi if he didn't put an unnecessary dampener on a case he's fighting FOR!.
But he warned: “There are structural issues and cities with post-industrial history need continued investment to unleash opportunities.” You mean like Sheffield, where you reside, where still exist the buildings that were unnecessarily flattened here , which has developed the more public parts of the centre and when Bradford get this, could follow as an example ?. Wouldn't be MR. Ruairi if he didn't put an unnecessary dampener on a case he's fighting FOR!. rugger-tyke

9:56am Thu 9 Jun 11

Moon on a stick says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
Does anyone believe a word this guy says?
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"There has been significant entrepreneurial growth in Bradford and these jobs have grown and lasted"
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What a load of tripe.
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If Bradford is such a great city Barra, why do you live in Sheffield?
Barra is referring to the high number of self employed in Bradford, my concern is that it’s *not relevant* to getting the Enterprise Zone, in fact the high self employment levels are due to the fact quality Bradford jobs are in short supply maybe nonexistent, whereas in Leeds it’s easy to break the £20k barrier (there’s call centre workers well above that at say o2), it’s easy to break the £30k barrier in a financial or technology job, in Bradford it is not the case and anyone wanting to aim well above £30k *has* to become self employed.
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The fact Barra has talked about Bradford in the terms of growth, that it’s growing, that it’s lasting and he refers to problems in the plural of “cities” suggesting Bradford has the same problems as others, this is surely giving the message to the committee that Bradford doesn’t need their help. He talks of structural issues as though Bradford just needs bricks and mortar when the problems are far more fundamental.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: Does anyone believe a word this guy says? . "There has been significant entrepreneurial growth in Bradford and these jobs have grown and lasted" . What a load of tripe. . If Bradford is such a great city Barra, why do you live in Sheffield?[/p][/quote]Barra is referring to the high number of self employed in Bradford, my concern is that it’s *not relevant* to getting the Enterprise Zone, in fact the high self employment levels are due to the fact quality Bradford jobs are in short supply maybe nonexistent, whereas in Leeds it’s easy to break the £20k barrier (there’s call centre workers well above that at say o2), it’s easy to break the £30k barrier in a financial or technology job, in Bradford it is not the case and anyone wanting to aim well above £30k *has* to become self employed. . The fact Barra has talked about Bradford in the terms of growth, that it’s growing, that it’s lasting and he refers to problems in the plural of “cities” suggesting Bradford has the same problems as others, this is surely giving the message to the committee that Bradford doesn’t need their help. He talks of structural issues as though Bradford just needs bricks and mortar when the problems are far more fundamental. Moon on a stick

10:07am Thu 9 Jun 11

rugger-tyke says...

Given Wakefield has the new Trinity Walk and Leeds has got a plethora of malls, with many with less than 50%, given that an Enterprise Zone would need to be fairly accessible, Bradford is the only choice as it has a catchment area encompassing most of the North and more importantly God' own counties; Yorkshire and Lancashire, not to mention the land ready to be developed on.

Giving it to Selby would be senseless; perhaps the Coal factory could reopen there, especially given the rising cost of Gas.
Given Wakefield has the new Trinity Walk and Leeds has got a plethora of malls, with many with less than 50%, given that an Enterprise Zone would need to be fairly accessible, Bradford is the only choice as it has a catchment area encompassing most of the North and more importantly God' own counties; Yorkshire and Lancashire, not to mention the land ready to be developed on. Giving it to Selby would be senseless; perhaps the Coal factory could reopen there, especially given the rising cost of Gas. rugger-tyke

10:17am Thu 9 Jun 11

Moon on a stick says...

rugger-tyke wrote:
Given Wakefield has the new Trinity Walk and Leeds has got a plethora of malls, with many with less than 50%, given that an Enterprise Zone would need to be fairly accessible, Bradford is the only choice as it has a catchment area encompassing most of the North and more importantly God' own counties; Yorkshire and Lancashire, not to mention the land ready to be developed on.

Giving it to Selby would be senseless; perhaps the Coal factory could reopen there, especially given the rising cost of Gas.
But Barra's said we're doing just fine with the "significant entrepreneurial growth in Bradford" it makes it sound like we're booming.
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Maybe if Barra mentioned Westfield hasn't got off the ground, the City Park is going to be unfunished (as the money for the business park area, the most important bit wasn't forthcoming). Maybe if he mentioned key streets like Broadway and Market Street have little trade (if we exclude drug dealing & gambling), maybe if he didn't live in Sheffield and maybe had some real heart felt connection with the city, he might have tried instead of pushing out some sound bites.
[quote][p][bold]rugger-tyke[/bold] wrote: Given Wakefield has the new Trinity Walk and Leeds has got a plethora of malls, with many with less than 50%, given that an Enterprise Zone would need to be fairly accessible, Bradford is the only choice as it has a catchment area encompassing most of the North and more importantly God' own counties; Yorkshire and Lancashire, not to mention the land ready to be developed on. Giving it to Selby would be senseless; perhaps the Coal factory could reopen there, especially given the rising cost of Gas.[/p][/quote]But Barra's said we're doing just fine with the "significant entrepreneurial growth in Bradford" it makes it sound like we're booming. . Maybe if Barra mentioned Westfield hasn't got off the ground, the City Park is going to be unfunished (as the money for the business park area, the most important bit wasn't forthcoming). Maybe if he mentioned key streets like Broadway and Market Street have little trade (if we exclude drug dealing & gambling), maybe if he didn't live in Sheffield and maybe had some real heart felt connection with the city, he might have tried instead of pushing out some sound bites. Moon on a stick

1:46pm Thu 9 Jun 11

basil fawlty says...

I agree with the above. With ststements like "There has been significant entrepreneurial growth in Bradford and these jobs have grown and lasted and it needs to be pushed" he is not only talking clap trap but is totally undermining our Enterprsie Zone bid. He should be sacked.
I agree with the above. With ststements like "There has been significant entrepreneurial growth in Bradford and these jobs have grown and lasted and it needs to be pushed" he is not only talking clap trap but is totally undermining our Enterprsie Zone bid. He should be sacked. basil fawlty

7:33pm Thu 9 Jun 11

MontyLeMar says...

If we don't get the Enterprise Zone thingy maybe we can go for one of those new Wilderness Area thingy which the government is talking about. I reckon what we have in our city centre is well on the way to being a wilderness so there should be no problem.

http://www.guardian.
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11/jun/07/white-pape
r-biodiversity-loss

I must admit Barra's pitch leaves me entirely depressed - entrepreneurial growth indeed! No jobs, you're on your own mate.

I also see Barra is responsible for cultural things, in a strategic way you understand? Maybe we can have another stab at European City of Culture??
If we don't get the Enterprise Zone thingy maybe we can go for one of those new Wilderness Area thingy which the government is talking about. I reckon what we have in our city centre is well on the way to being a wilderness so there should be no problem. http://www.guardian. co.uk/environment/20 11/jun/07/white-pape r-biodiversity-loss I must admit Barra's pitch leaves me entirely depressed - entrepreneurial growth indeed! No jobs, you're on your own mate. I also see Barra is responsible for cultural things, in a strategic way you understand? Maybe we can have another stab at European City of Culture?? MontyLeMar

8:25pm Thu 9 Jun 11

John_Phillips IV says...

Isn't that 'Max' from Eastenders?
Isn't that 'Max' from Eastenders? John_Phillips IV

11:25pm Thu 9 Jun 11

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Wonder if Sheffield will get one of these zones. Then Barra can see the benefit on his own doorstep.
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Lets be honest, he lives in Sheffield, he gets paid a set salary whatever he achieves so why would he even care about getting this zone or not?
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We need Bradford people working for the future of Bradford, not people on massive salaries comuting in who couldn't care less.
Wonder if Sheffield will get one of these zones. Then Barra can see the benefit on his own doorstep. . Lets be honest, he lives in Sheffield, he gets paid a set salary whatever he achieves so why would he even care about getting this zone or not? . We need Bradford people working for the future of Bradford, not people on massive salaries comuting in who couldn't care less. Thee Voice of Reason

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