Are you suggesting that Bradford Council should open a department store?
I'm suggesting that it shouldn't have sold the area that housed perhaps 30% of Bradfords city centre, plus blocked a major road. This was to create a ginormous useless building site that has blocked off traffic through the city centre. After six or seven years there are still no actual buildings and little prospect of any.
The developer was reportedly willing to sell the land back but the council has spent the £50million it got for the properties and land. in the interim period, we dont seem to have any council-driven new roads, industrial estates or housing developments, but we have replaced schools that were less than fifty years old ... and we cant move for mosques.
The council also got a reported £50million last year from the sale of Leeds-Bradford Airport; the public doesn't know where this has gone or why it couldn't be used to buy back the demolition site.
Possibly to draw attention from this abject mismanagement, the Council has pushed ahead with its project to create a big pond right next to City Hall. This means knocking down two very nice 1970's buildings ... the yorkshire-stone Lawcourts building and the yorkshire-stone-and-tinted-glass Police Station. Except that it has only been able to knock down half the Police Station, because the replacement one it built for £10million hasn't got enough cells and the police still need the ones in the old building.
Result: we've lost one-and-a-half nice buildings and still cant build the pond because its projected footprint includes the remaining half of the Police Station. Why it couldn't wait until an additional cell block had been built at the new Police Station is beyond my comprehension.
Bradford Council has managed to do what the Luftwaffe couldnt.
Many local people have doubts about the Council administration, irrespective of which party is in power. Two months ago, two former Tory councillors (you can guess which social / ethnic grouping they came from) were jailed for election fraud. In the 1970's a former Labour Group leader and the City Architect were jailed for corruption in the Poulson affair.
Naturally, the council was opposed to the previous Labour Government's proposal to have a directly-elected Lord Mayor. Fortunately, the Tories (I never thought I'd use that expression
) seem more determined to push it through.
Edited by Wolford6, 05 November 2010 - 01:52 PM.